Jason Head
Writer

Jason is a new journalist in the industry who covers breaking news for Pixel Sift. He's dedicated to find stories about video games that are both entertaining and informative.

February 28, 2020

Xbox and Wii games help rehab patients recover faster according to a new study

A new study revealed that using games technology led to increased mobility in patients undergoing physical rehabilitation.

February 24, 2020

How big is the games industry's carbon footprint? Ben Abraham aims to find out

Sydney Based Researcher Dr Ben Abraham is conducting a survey as part of a larger project to investigate the carbon footprint of the games development industry.

January 29, 2020

2019: The definitive list of Australian made video games

It was a cracker year for Aussie games and if it was made in the great southern land you'll find it here.

November 29, 2019

IGEA Attends Lower House Committee Hearing to pitch Tax Offsets for Game Developers

The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association have submitted a bid to the Australian Government to grant game developers tax offsets.

January 8, 2020

Serenade is a pop-up video games exhibit in Sydney this weekend

Explore art video games telling personal stories of grief, creativity, love and nostalgia at Sydney's Serenade Exhibition.

November 23, 2019

SAFC Announces First Round Recipients for Games Industry Fund

Holographic gaming tables, space adventures, cool platformers and more for the first round of SA Film Corporations Games Industry Fund

October 15, 2019

Target admits possible breach of Australian consumer law after refusing to remedy faulty Playstations

The ACCC has found that Target may have breached Australian Consumer Law after some customers were told that faults that occurred 30 days after purchase were Sony's responsibility.

October 10, 2019

Low Wages and Job Insecurity: GWU Australia releases second game developer survey results

Game Workers Unite Australia have survey developers across the country and have found that wages and job insecurity are top concerns.

August 28, 2019

FIRST PERSON: Were games harder when we were kids?

Have games gotten easier or are we just better at playing them?

February 28, 2020

Xbox and Wii games help rehab patients recover faster according to a new study

A new study revealed that using games technology led to increased mobility in patients undergoing physical rehabilitation.

February 24, 2020

How big is the games industry's carbon footprint? Ben Abraham aims to find out

Sydney Based Researcher Dr Ben Abraham is conducting a survey as part of a larger project to investigate the carbon footprint of the games development industry.

February 21, 2020

Mainstream Episode 8: Two Point Hospital & Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Viv is trying to keep at least some patients alive in Two Point Hospital, and Mitch keeps missing those frames in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

February 21, 2020

Chiptune is an instrument not a genre: Square Sounds Festival 2020

Beeps bloops and beats, Square Sounds is a celebration of chiptune and returns to Melbourne in 2020.

February 15, 2020

Episode 140: Callum Harrington (Warhammer Underworlds: Online) & The end of Flash

Callum Harrington talks about meeting player expectation in a franchise with a lot of history in Warhammer Underworlds: Online

February 14, 2020

House House wins three DICE Awards for Untitled Goose Game including Game of the Year

Melbourne's House House wins three awards at the 23rd Annual DICE Awards in Las Vegas.

February 9, 2020

Mainstream Episode 7: Dirty Bomb & Left 4 Dead 2

Sarah is pushing the generators in Dirty Bomb and Daniel has a keen ear out for witches in Left 4 Dead 2.

February 8, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: MMORPG Tycoon 2

Ever wanted to develop your own MMO? Jump into the designer's seat with MMORPG Tycoon 2 from Melbourne's VectorStorm

February 3, 2020

Episode 139: Kris Antoni (Coffee Talk) & the future of E3

Sit down, put the kettle on, as Kris Antoni of Indonesia's Toge Productions shares how narrative visual novel Coffee Talk was made.

January 30, 2020

Mainstream Episode 6: Temtem & Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Gianni journeys into a new world of monster collecting in Temtem, and Adam is watching the patterns to take down giant beasts in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

January 29, 2020

2019: The definitive list of Australian made video games

It was a cracker year for Aussie games and if it was made in the great southern land you'll find it here.

January 27, 2020

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 13 - We Get Horses!

"That's the way it's gonna be little darlin', We'll be riding on the horses, yeah yeah." Daryl Braithwaite

January 26, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays - QT

There's a party and you're invited! Join us in the cute and wonderful world of QT by Happy Snake.

January 22, 2020

Off Map magazine takes time to pause in video game worlds with game photography and short stories.

Editor and Curator Drew Taylor wants us to appreciate the game levels we race through while we play in a new magazine crowdfunding now.

January 19, 2020

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 12 - Winter isn't coming, it's here

"This land pulses with life. It breathes in me; it breathes around me; it breathes in spite of me. When I walk on this land, I am walking on the heartbeat of the past and the future. And that’s only one of the reasons I am a farmer." Brenda Sutton Rose

January 18, 2020

Episode 138: Michael Wentworth-Bell & Nick Acciarito (Espire 1 VR Operative) & the #gamedevsforfireys campaign

Michael and Nick from Melbourne's Digital Lode share the challenges and victories of making VR spy game Espire 1: VR Operative.

January 17, 2020

Humble Australia Fire Relief Bundle is one of the best value collections of Aussie games yet

Australian and international game developers donate their games for bundle supporting Australian bushfire relief charities.

January 13, 2020

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 11 - Getting Cosy With It

There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbour's

January 9, 2020

Mainstream Episode 5: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt & Pico Tanks

Scott is following the Witcher around like Jaskier, and Mitch commands a cute little tank in Pico Tanks

January 8, 2020

Serenade is a pop-up video games exhibit in Sydney this weekend

Explore art video games telling personal stories of grief, creativity, love and nostalgia at Sydney's Serenade Exhibition.

December 27, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Squidgies Takeover with Giant Margarita

Stretch your tentacles across the universe as cute octopi puzzle their way through hundreds of challenges.

December 24, 2019

LoveSick Darlings is a visual novel set in an Aussie high school that aims for "real" virtual relationships

Step in the shoes of Syd as you get to know Maisy, Jayda and Steph in this visual novel made in Canberra.

December 19, 2019

Mainstream Episode 4: Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order & Halo Reach (Halo Master Chief Collection)

Adam visits a galaxy far far away in Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, and Gianni finishes the fight in Halo: Reach.

December 17, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Frog Detective 2 - The Case of the Invisible Wizard

Croak, Ribbit, Kero, You're Under Arrest!

December 15, 2019

Western Australian Doom modder James 'Jimmy' Paddock receives lifetime achievement award

“Jimmy” has been making free mods and music for 1993’s DOOM for more than thirteen years and has been recognised for his efforts.

December 14, 2019

Episode 137: Shawn Toh (BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner) & gaming franchises forever

Battle your way through the sky then reel in your loot in BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner!

December 13, 2019

22 Racing Series launches on Kickstarter after 10 years of development

Garth Midgley and the team at GOATi Entertainment have build their futuristic racing game 22 Racing Series from the ground up.

December 11, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 10 - Preparations for Winter Begin

"It is obvious that the greatest and most important service that is required of our agriculture under existing conditions is an enlarged production of the staple food crops." David F. Houston

December 11, 2019

Queensland's Sidebar Games announces Golf Story sequel: Sports Story

Queensland's Sidebar Games are back with the sequel to the charming Golf Story, Sports Story releasing in 2020.

December 7, 2019

Sarah Survives: Dead Space Part 2 - I can't hold all this ammo

You need to complete at least 5 engineering sub-degrees before you can become a Ship Systems Engineer.

December 6, 2019

Mainstream Episode 3: Metro 2033 Redux & Borderlands 3

Daniel heads to Russia in the newly shiny Metro 2033 Redux & Mitch finally gets round to trying Borderlands 3.

December 5, 2019

Game development co-working space Game Plus Sydney officially opens

Sydney has it's first game development co-working space with the official launch of Game Plus Sydney.

December 3, 2019

FIRST PERSON: Restarting the fight: Halo Master Chief Collection arrives on PC

PC Master Ra...Chief... James switched his Xbox for a PC a long time ago but the nostalgia of the Halo series has him drawn back in once again.

November 30, 2019

Episode 136: Dan Golding (Untitled Goose Game Composer & Video Game Academic)

Dan Golding knows a lot about the craft of making music for video games, such as his work on Untitled Goose Game and how we identify personally as players of games.

November 29, 2019

IGEA Attends Lower House Committee Hearing to pitch Tax Offsets for Game Developers

The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association have submitted a bid to the Australian Government to grant game developers tax offsets.

November 26, 2019

Introducing MAINSTREAM: a brand new podcast from Pixel Sift

What has been happening in the world of triple A games, blockbusters and those cheeky indie smash hits? Join us for our brand new podcast, Mainstream.

November 23, 2019

SAFC Announces First Round Recipients for Games Industry Fund

Holographic gaming tables, space adventures, cool platformers and more for the first round of SA Film Corporations Games Industry Fund

November 23, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Heist

Get in, get out, get paid. Heist by Atomizer is a stealth adventure where sticking to the shadows is your best bet.

November 22, 2019

Sarah Survives: Dead Space Part 1 - I'm not a professional engineer

In space, the necromorphs probably heard you scream.

November 21, 2019

Mainstream Episode 2: Pokémon Shield & The Outer Worlds

Gianni tries to catch them all again in Pokémon Shield, and Adam heads out in search of adventure in The Outer Worlds

November 15, 2019

Episode 135: Matt Trobbiani (Wrestledunk Sports) & Pokémon's impossible legacy

Wrestling, Vollyball and Fencing in Wrestledunk Sports, their first game after smash hit Hacknet from Adelaide's Team Fractal Alligator!

November 9, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Sneaker

If the shoe fits... then use it to take out your enemies in Sneaker by Canberra's ThreeBeak.

November 8, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 10 - The Final Countdown

Lets get off this watery hellhole and back into the stars. The final chapter of Sarah Survives Subnautica!

November 7, 2019

Mainstream Episode 1: Sayonara Wild Hearts & L.A. Noire

Daniel has dug back into LA Noire, and Gianni has been playing Sayonara Wild Hearts!

November 4, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 9 - Chasing the Void Chicken

"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." Arnold H. Glasgow

November 3, 2019

Episode 134: Muhammad Hanif Bin Ghazali & Tan Kang Soon (Songbird Symphony) & is GDC out of reach?

Rhythm, Platforming and One Small Birb in Songbird Symphony by Singapore's Joysteak Studios

November 1, 2019

ZeniMax to refund consumers for Fallout 76

The ACCC has found consumers may be entitled to a refund for faulty experiences with Fallout 76.

October 24, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Duped

We're beside ourselves in No Moss Studio's creative platforming puzzle game Duped.

October 21, 2019

The Music & Magic of Chorus: Liam Esler & Benjamin Ee of Summerfall Studios

What if that musical episode of Buffy was a roleplaying game? Chorus by Summerfall Studios promises to be a unique experience.

October 19, 2019

Episode 133: Party Sift 3 LIVE at PAX Australia 2019 with Party Loaded

Pins, lines and heaps of amazing video games, this is Party Sift 3 our Western Australian collaborative episode with Party Loaded.

October 16, 2019

Blowfish Studios wins Premier's NSW Export Award

The Sydney based development studio has been recognised for their contributions to their state's exports at the 2019 NSW Premier's Export Awards.

October 15, 2019

Target admits possible breach of Australian consumer law after refusing to remedy faulty Playstations

The ACCC has found that Target may have breached Australian Consumer Law after some customers were told that faults that occurred 30 days after purchase were Sony's responsibility.

October 13, 2019

#PAXELSIFT 2019 DAY THREE - Taverns, Reapers & Kaiju

Well all up that's 28 interviews recorded live at PAX Australia 2019! Check out Day three here.

October 12, 2019

#PAXELSIFT 2019 DAY TWO - Driving, Brawling and Roleplaying

Nine more indie game interviews for you recorded live at PAX Australia 2019 including Broken Roads, Dead Static Drive and much much more.

October 11, 2019

#PAXELSIFT 2019 DAY ONE - Hospital Ships, Spaceships and Best Friendships

Day one of PAX Australia 2019 is done and dusted here is everything we saw today!

October 10, 2019

Low Wages and Job Insecurity: GWU Australia releases second game developer survey results

Game Workers Unite Australia have survey developers across the country and have found that wages and job insecurity are top concerns.

October 9, 2019

The Winners for the 2019 AGDAs have been announced

Here are your champions for 2019 at the Australian Game Developer Awards.

October 5, 2019

Episode 132: Josh Tatangelo & Alex Perrin (Heavenly Bodies) & NFSA adds videogames to national archive

Hurtle through space in as you work with your cosmonaut partner to solve problems on you spacecraft in Heavenly Bodies

October 4, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 9 - Officially a biochemist

If only a real world medicine degree was this easy.

October 1, 2019

Here are the AGDA nominees for 2019

Art, Gameplay, Narrative, Sound Design, Music/Audio, AR/VR and Serious Games - an excellent lineup for 2019.

September 26, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Untitled Goose Game

Honk honk HONK!

September 25, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 8 - The animals go to market...

“Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own." Samuel Johnson

September 23, 2019

Episode 131: Maize Wallin & Jason Bakker (Wayward Strand) & Is Kickstarter busting union efforts?

A story set in a floating hospital ship in 1970s rural victoria, Wayward Strand is a game that's all about empathy.

September 20, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 8 - It's getting hot in here

Aaron Eckhart never had to deal with fire lizards!

September 14, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Never Give Up

It's tough, but if you give up it's not the end of the world, only your reputation in NEVER GIVE UP.

September 13, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 7 - Lost River 2 Electric Boogaloo

Absolutely nothing could go wrong deep diving in a cave 800 meters down.

September 9, 2019

2 Minutes in Space – John Passfield’s space games for Apple Watch

Small and satisifying games for a tiny screen, Kepler Attack and Star Warp are designed to be played on your wristwatch.

September 7, 2019

Episode 130: Thomas Janson (Death Hall) & why wishlisting matters

Thomas Janson shares his PAX AUS indie showcase winning game Death Hall. I feel like this might be dangerous...

September 6, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 6 - Going Green

The ocean may be blue, but Sarah's Going Green!

September 3, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 7 - Storage in Order

“A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud.” Amit Kalantri

September 2, 2019

Here are the indie games selected for the PAX Australia 2019 showcase

Six games have been chosen for this year's indie showcase at PAX Australia, here are the five revealed so far.

September 1, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: The Haunted Island, A Frog Detective Game

Are you the best detective around? Well no you're the second best, but you'll solve this spooky mystery for sure.

August 30, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 5 - Beef with the Reef

Who would win? Eight Reaper Leviathans in close proximity or one Sarah with a submarine and a decoy.

August 28, 2019

FIRST PERSON: Were games harder when we were kids?

Have games gotten easier or are we just better at playing them?

August 24, 2019

Episode 129: Jay Armstrong (Never Give Up) & the days are numbered for random loot boxes

MASOCORE! That's the genre for Massive Monster's new game Never Give Up!

August 23, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 4 - Island's Haunted

If a Sarah falls off a cliff on an island and breaks her ankles because she didn't want to take the path down... Does anyone hear her swear?

August 21, 2019

Australian Indie Games receive support from SUPERHOT Developer

Two Aussie indie games have been selected for a new funding program from the makers of SUPERHOT.

August 21, 2019

Who are the players? DA20 challenges the stereotypical idea of the "gamer"

Got an idea of the average gamer? We sit down with Ron Curry of IGEA and Dr Jeff Brand author of the DA20 report to find out.

August 17, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Roombo - First Blood

Stealth, traps and home defence at all costs. Oh and you're a robot vacuum.

August 15, 2019

Screenwest announces the first five games for its $100,000 Interactive Pilot Fund

Find out which Western Australian developers picked up the first state government funding for video games in over a decade.

August 14, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 3 - Enter the Aurora

I fixed a nuclear reactor so clearly I'm an engineer now... Sarah Survives Subnautica Part 3!

August 13, 2019

Potluck 9.0: Birds, Beers and Free Video Games

Download a free collection of bird themed games created for Perth's Potluck Collective by talented indie developers.

August 11, 2019

Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 2 - A Cyclops for Christmas

Please Father Christmas, I've been very good this year....and I NEED a cyclops... Sarah Survives Part 2!

August 8, 2019

Episode 128: Adventures in Interactive Writing - Live at XR:WA

How do you write a narrative when your audience can change the way they experience it? Recorded live at XR:WA 2019

August 3, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 6 - Journey to the Calico Desert

“I sing once more, the mild continuous epic of the soil” Vita Sackville-West

August 1, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Devil Daggers

How long can you survive against an endless onslaught of demons? Devil Daggers by Sorath will keep you on your toes with its 90's inspired FPS arena action,

July 31, 2019

NEW SERIES - Sarah Survives: Subnautica Part 1

Sarah strikes out on her own in a new series SARAH SURVIVES! How long can she survive in Subnautica?

July 27, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 5 - Race for the Greenhouse continues

“Fighting a battle with the earth seems like a plenty noble calling to me. Putting food on your table and on the plates of others - it's a quieter way. But it's a good way.” Rachel Fordham

July 27, 2019

Episode 127: Paul Jakovich (Pico Tanks) & IGEA's "Power of Games" Report

Team up with friends and battle it out in the cute Pico Tanks by Melbourne's Panda Arcade.

July 21, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Amid Evil

It's a retro styled game with modern bones, Amid Evil by Indefatigable is how you remembered those early nineties shooters to be.

July 20, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 4 - Chasing that Greenhouse

"A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end. There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later." Kristin Kimball

July 12, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 3 - We're getting Minecarts!

"Farming is a profession of hope” Brian Brett

July 12, 2019

Episode 126: Ellie Balson (Crime Scene Finvestigation) & indie devs petition G2A

Ellie Balson designs games from an artist's perspective, making quirky and charming adventure games.

July 4, 2019

Episode 125: Anthony Sweet, Cabalia & Pika Pi (How do you keep creating? Live at Supanova Perth)

Recorded live at Supanova Perth 2019, how do some of your favourite creators keep creating?

June 28, 2019

Episode 124: Leon Zawada & Simon Rance (Amid Evil) & the future of gaming is a subscription

What happens if you try to make the perfect 90s shooter with modern technology? Leon & Simon from Indefatigable tried to do just that with their game Amid Evil

June 28, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 2 - Humble beginnings

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” Masanobu Fukuoka

June 22, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Void Bastards

Live. Die. Repeat. Watch Mitch and Fiona fight their way through a scary future in Void Bastards by Canberra's Blue Manchu Games.

June 15, 2019

Episode 123: Kate Raynes-Goldie & Sof Mather (XR:WA Festival) & have indie games stagnated?

Western Australia gets its very on interactive media festival with XR:WA, Kate Raynes-Goldie & Sof Mather are here to break it down.

June 12, 2019

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 1 - Let's get started!

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” Wendell Berry

June 7, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Teleblast with Tim Veletta

Move around a flat arena in Teleblast, warping and then exploding your enemies. Developer Tim Veletta dropped by to play the game with us.

May 31, 2019

Episode 122: Dean Walshe (Void Bastards) & controversy and excitement for Play Date

It's stylish, its tactical, it feels like you're inside a very dangerous comic book, it's Void Bastards by Canberra's Blue Manchu!

May 28, 2019

Western Australian Game Developers react to the $100,000 Interactive Pilot Fund

What do developers think of Screenwest's new Interactive Pilot Fund?