Folks, it's time to whip out your console of choice and start practising — QV Melbourne and its surrounding laneways are about to be transformed into an old-school arcade wonderland for its new retro gaming festival, Game/On.
Taking over the precinct from August 31 to September 23, the festival will feature a jam-packed program of pixelated fun, for every level of gaming enthusiast.
A live competition will pit everyday gamers against professionals, across a four-week Friday night knockout series. Three-minute combat game heats, played on an enormous video screen, will be held each week, with the best performing amateurs from each night earning a spot in the September 21 grand final. The big-screen will also be open daily from 11am, if you want to practise before the heats.
There'll also be an augmented reality scavenger hunt which will see you navigate through the QV laneways collecting tokens, with up to $10,000 worth of prizes and gift vouchers available to be won.
Those feeling a little less competitive can hit the pop-up gaming arcade. It's open daily from 11am–7pm throughout the festival and stocked with all the favourites.
Finally, rounding out the fun every Friday night from 4–7pm, there'll be a pop-up gaming-themed candy bar, retro tunes and an art installation painted live.
Images: Nicole Cleary and Bartronica