Stephanie Bendixsen

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Stephanie Bendixsen
Stephanie Bendixsen, Supanova 2012 cropped.jpg
Bendixsen at the Melbourne Supanova Pop Culture Expo in 2012
Born (1985-03-31) 31 March 1985 (age 32)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 2009–present
Known for Good Game

Stephanie Bendixsen (born 31 March 1985) is an Australian actor, director, author, and is best known as one of the former presenters of the video game shows Good Game and Good Game: Spawn Point, where she went by the gamertag "Hex".

Early life[edit]

Bendixsen was born in Sydney, Australia to an Argentinian father Axel Bendixsen and a Dutch mother.[1] As a child she moved with her family to Auckland, New Zealand where she lived until the age of nine, when she moved back to Australia.[2] In adolescence, her parents refused to let her play any form of video games, and she would sneak out of home to her friends' places to play games with them.[3][4]


Good Game[edit]

In 2009, the ABC ran a nationwide search for television presenters to host a new kids channel, ABC3, and Bendixsen auditioned for one of the positions. While shooting her audition video she discovered that the ABC2 video game review show Good Game[5][6] was also looking for a presenter. Bendixsen was approached by the ABC for the Good Game presenter role after auditioning for the role of a judge on ABC 3's talent search Me on 3. Being a long-time fan of the show herself,[7] she applied for and won the role, replacing former host Jeremy Ray.[8] Bendixsen also became a co-host for the show's spin-off Good Game: Spawn Point, on ABC3 aimed at younger audiences.[9]

On 26 October 2009, she made her debut for Good Game[5] and subsequently Good Game: Spawn Point on 20 February 2010[10] alongside host Steven "Bajo" O'Donnell. In January 2017, Bendixsen announced her departure from the show, resulting in its cancellation.[11]

Good Game controversy[edit]

In 2009, Stephanie replaced the former Good Game co-host Jeremy "Junglist" Ray, even though originally she was planned to join the two hosts.[12] Due to this incident, Stephanie endured cyberbullying from the viewers of Good Game, who were infuriated by Ray's forced departure from the show.[13]


Bendixsen wrote a monthly gaming column for Dolly magazine,[14] and acted in an online mini-series called People You May Know.[15]

In 2009, she played a minor role in a film called Braille.[16]

In 2011, she played a minor role in a tv show called The Bazura Project.[17]

In 2014, she appeared in the second series of a tv show called My Great Big Adventure.[18]

In 2016, Stephanie created and presented her own show called How To Be A Fan With Hex.[19] For the show, she also directed a fan film called Dangerous Night, which pays homage to the 1982 film Blade Runner.[20] Moreover, she has co-written two children's books with her Good Game co-host Steven "Bajo" O'Donnell called Dig World[21] and Dragon Land.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Bendixsen's Gamertag "Hex" came from her love of spellcasters in role-playing games, and their common attribute in a spell called "Hex", whereby an enemy would be afflicted by a curse which usually would cause damage or immobilize its current state. Hex now plays more stealth-based characters, such as a Rogue or Thief, but chooses to keep the name as a nickname.[4] She states that her favourite video game is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.[23]

In 2012, Stephanie started a relationship with Good Game's production co-ordinator Peter "Pierreth" Burns.[24][25]



Year Film Role Notes
2009 Braille Stephanie Independent film
2016 Dangerous Night - Director


Year Title Role Notes
2009–16 Good Game Herself Co-host
2010–16 Good Game: Spawn Point Herself Co-host
2011 The Bazura Project Space Cheerleader Queen -
2013–2014 Good Game: Pocket Edition Herself Co-host
2014–2015 My Great Big Adventure Herself Co-host

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 People You May Know Dylan -
2016 How To Be A Fan With Hex Herself Host


Year Title
2016 Dig World
Dragon Land


  1. ^ Jessica Citizen (2016-08-29). "Game Hugs Podcast - Episode 34 - Stephanie Bendixsen (Good Game)". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Good Game Spawn Point: About Hex". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ Fox, Tiffany (11 December 2009). "Geek lands dream job". The West Australian. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Good Game: Stephanie "Hex" Bendixsen". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Good Game – Browse by Date: 2009". Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mornings with Zan". 2015. 2015-05-15. 1:05 minutes in. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Triple J. 
  7. ^ "Stephanie Bendixsen Personal FAQ". Tumblr. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "TechnologyABC trashes sacked Good Game presenter". 30 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Bodey, Michael (22 October 2009). "ABC to launch new kids digital TV channel ABC3". The Australian. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Good Game Spawn Point – Series 1 Episode 1". Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Stephanie Bendixsen on Instagram". January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  12. ^ Sarah Collerton (2009-10-30). "ABC bites back over Good Game sacking". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  13. ^ Jessica Citizen (2016-08-29). "Game Hugs Podcast - Episode 34 - Stephanie Bendixsen (Good Game)". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  14. ^ "The role of the reviewer in the age of Twitter" (19 September 2011). News, University of Sydney. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  15. ^ "People You May Know - Episode One". Youtube. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Stephanie Bendixsen on IMDb". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  17. ^ "Stephanie Bendixsen on IMDb". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  18. ^ "Stephanie Bendixsen on IMDb". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  19. ^ "How To Be A Fan With Hex on iview". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  20. ^ "How To Be A Fan With Hex: Episode 8 on iview". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  21. ^ "Dig World on Google Books". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  22. ^ "Dragon Land on Booktopia". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  23. ^ "Q&A with Stephanie "Hex" Bendixsen". 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  24. ^ Stephanie Bendixsen (2016-08-10). "Europe Quest". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  25. ^ "Stephanie Bendixsen on Instagram". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 

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