Nicholas Kennedy

Nicholas Kennedy is a Melbourne/Naarm based writer and journalist. He has appeared in The Big Issue, Rolling Stone, and STACK Magazine.

June 7, 2021

Games Gig explores modern musicians and modern video games music at Freeplay Festival

Games Gig is an event bringing together some of Australia's essential game musicians and composers for a discussion of genre-hopping sonic goodness.

June 7, 2021

Games Gig explores modern musicians and modern video games music at Freeplay Festival

Games Gig is an event bringing together some of Australia's essential game musicians and composers for a discussion of genre-hopping sonic goodness.

June 7, 2021

Games Gig explores modern musicians and modern video games music at Freeplay Festival

Games Gig is an event bringing together some of Australia's essential game musicians and composers for a discussion of genre-hopping sonic goodness.

June 5, 2021

Indie developers support Palestinians in Gaza with huge fundraising games bundle

Support developers who are donating their games to raise money for Palestinians impacted by warfare

May 31, 2021

Episode 171: Before We Leave (Anna Barham & Sam Barham)

Emerge from your bunker and rebuild your world in strategy game Before We Leave by New Zealand's Balancing Monkey Games.

May 31, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Hive Time - Part 2

Let's celebrate our important little friend the bee in a brand new update for Hive Time for World Bee Day

May 21, 2021

Cam Hopkinson wants everyone to be able to enjoy Wayward Strand

For Global Accessibility Awareness Day how the team at Ghost Pattern are working to make sure their game playable by as many people as possible.

May 19, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Rogue Sentry

Go Rogue, Save Humanity!

May 14, 2021

Episode 170: Eastern Market Murder (Andy Yong & Emma Ramsay)

Step back in time while walking the streets of Melbourne in this augmented reality geolocation game.

May 11, 2021

Pico Tanks, KangaZoo and NEO 2045 win at 2021 NYX Game Awards

Australian studios Panda Arcade, Chaos Theory Games and VR Realms pick up commendations at last night's NYX Game Awards

May 7, 2021

Mainstream Episode 24: Resident Evil Village & New Pokémon Snap

A different type of on rails (photographic) shooter in the long awaited sequel, and big monsters and spooky vampires in the next chapter of the survival horror series.

May 6, 2021

Episode 169: Forgotten Fields (Armaan Sandhu)

Break through writers block by exploring the nostalgic beautiful Goa in Forgotten Fields by Frostwood Interactive.

May 4, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part Eight

Mitch, Daniel, and Fiona go for Gold!

May 1, 2021

Mainstream Episode 23: Monster Hunter Rise & FANTASIAN

Gianni looks for savepoints and battles creatures in FANTASIAN, as Adam slays big dinosaurs with ridiculous swords in Monster Hunter Rise.

April 16, 2021

Episode 168: Kinder World (Lauren Clinnick)

Care for houseplants and help yourself in Kinder World a chilled gardening game from Lumi Interactive.

April 13, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part Seven

Welcome to the Jungle... we've got moving tasks...

April 8, 2021

Winner Announced: Win a Copy of Moving Out & Movers in Paradise DLC!

We've got a Copy of Moving Out and Movers in Paradise to give away!

April 7, 2021

Episode 167: John Romero live at XRWA

John Romero shares thoughts on how game development has changed, what it's like to influence a new generation of developers and what people get wrong about him.

March 31, 2021

Why YOU should give Valorant esports a go - ESL Australia's Ben Green

Everyone is back to an even playing field for esports, and Ben Green from ESL Australia thinks that's one of the best opportunities for new talent ever.

March 29, 2021

Set sail for IWOCon, a playable pirate themed indie game convention

Hundreds of indie games from all over the world showcased in playable pirate themepark.

March 24, 2021

Episode 166: Coral Island (Soma Putera)

Coral Island is a new take on the farming simulator by Indonesia studio Stairway Games that has become a smash hit on Kickstarter.

March 20, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Hive Time - Part 1

The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.

March 17, 2021

Mainstream Episode 22: Loop Hero & Valheim

5 million vikings can't be wrong about Valheim and how I stopped worrying and learned to love the loop in Loop Hero!

March 8, 2021

Episode 165: ACMI Games Lab (Arieh Offman)

Find out what games made the cut and what goes into curating a video games museum.

March 2, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part Six

Life takes you down many paths, but the best ones lead to the beach

February 23, 2021

Episode 164: Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy (Ezra Artman)

Adventure and family walk hand in hand, in Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy

February 20, 2021

Mainstream Episode 21: The Medium & Monster Sanctuary

Gianni isn't afraid of no ghosts in The Medium, while Adam collects critters and traverses platforms in Monster Sanctuary.

February 14, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Elden: Path of the Forgotten: Part Two

I've been through the desert on a horse with no name!

February 8, 2021

Episode 163: Doors of Insanity (Logan Branjord)

What do you get when you make a game based on purgatory inspired by your dreams? Rogue-like card based roleplaying game Doors of Insanity.

February 2, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Elden: Path of the Forgotten Part One

Explore a medieval cosmic fantasy adventure in the debut game from Melbourne's One Rat Games

January 24, 2021

Episode 162: The Alto Collection (Harry Nesbitt & Jair McBain)

What comes next when your first games were huge hits? Harry Nesbitt and Jair McBain on following up Alto's Adventure with their new studio Land & Sea.

January 17, 2021

Pixel Sift Plays: Exo One

Is everybody ready to say goodbye to our Solar System?

December 30, 2020

Every Australian made video game released in 2020

Big small, indie or published, free or paid we've collected your submissions and here are 2020's Australian made games.

December 28, 2020

Mainstream Episode 20: Games of the Year 2020

Here are our favourite games released in 2020, instant classics which will stand the test of time.

December 21, 2020

Episode 161: Dune Casu and Adrian Tosello (Art of Rally)

Jump back into the golden era of Group B rally with Dune Casu and Adrian Tosello

December 16, 2020

Mainstream Episode 19: Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity & Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Head into the in-game past with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and actual past with Super Mario 3D All-Stars

December 13, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Art of Rally - Part Two

“Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers.” — Colin McRae

December 7, 2020

Episode 160: Meredith Hall (HoloVista)

Explore the meta social world of HoloVista with Meredith Hall from Aconite

December 4, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Art of Rally - Part One

If everything seems under control, you are not going fast enough. - Mario Andretti

November 27, 2020

ACNH Fringe recreates Melbourne Fringe in the palm of your hand and the safety of your home

Visit Melbourne Fringe for the arts and culture all while playing Animal Crossing New Horizons!

November 27, 2020

Mainstream Episode 18: Assassin's Creed Valhalla & Hades

Time to go a-viking in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and *try* escape from the underworld in Hades

November 21, 2020

Episode 159: Josh "Cheeseness" Bush (Hive Time)

Josh Bush made a bee themed Real Time Strategy game called Hive Time and let players pay what they want... did it pay off?

November 20, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Fight Crab

Spill some blue blood in the arena in Fight Crab, a hilarious multiplayer fighting game where crustaceans battle to the death.

November 7, 2020

Episode 158: Matthew Cassells (Path of Titans)

Become a terrible lizard in dinosaur MMO Path of Titans by Australian modder and developer Matthew "deathlyrage" Cassells

October 26, 2020

Episode 157: Simon Boxer (Ring Of Pain)

Friend or foe? You soon shall find, the Ring of Pain has much to hide in this spooky tactical card game.

October 20, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part Five

We're gonna need a bigger truck...

October 11, 2020

Episode 156: Brigitta Rena (When The Past Was Around)

Brigitta Rena started her career wanting to be an illustrator, but making the games she wants to play has now become her passion.

October 7, 2020

Here are your 2020 AGDA Winners

Every winner of the 2020 Australian Game Developer Awards!

October 4, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part Four

Don't make the ghost angry!

September 27, 2020

Innchanted: Why fantasy doesn't have to be based on Western mythology

The doors are open and the Inn is waiting for you!

September 25, 2020

Episode 155: Mitch Clifford (Windbound)

Mitchell Clifford of Brisbane’s 5 Lives Studios shares the making of the nautical survival game Windbound

September 22, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part Three

Mitch is the Burger King!

September 21, 2020

Melbourne International Games Week goes online for 2020

Grab your laptop and logon wherever you are from 3 October for MIGW2020

September 15, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part Two

Lift with your legs, try not to smash too much ok?

September 13, 2020

Episode 154: Tali Faulkner (Umurangi Generation)

Grab your camera and document the end of world in Umurangi Generation

September 8, 2020

Mainstream Episode 17: Fall Guys & The Last Campfire

Helping lost souls in The Last Campfire and jumping rolling and striving for that crown in Fall Guys.

September 7, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Coffee Talk Part Three

You'd better hold on tight, spidermonkey...

September 1, 2020

Episode 153: Paul Kopetko (Boomerang Fu)

It's a food fight to the death in Boomerang Fu a local multiplayer brawler for six players on Switch, Xbox One and Steam.

August 26, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Coffee Talk Part Two

Join Daniel, Fiona and Mitch as they continue learning about the customers who enter Coffee Talk!

August 21, 2020

Aussie scientists use Minecraft to build a replica gravitational wave observatory for National Science Week

And you can visit LIGO in Minecraft yourself to learn about the physics of gravitational waves.

August 20, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Coffee Talk Part One


August 17, 2020

Episode 152: Ashleigh Starmer-Lee (Crossy Road Castle)

Crossy Road Castle is the sequel to one of the biggest Australian games ever made and Lead Artist Ashleigh Starmer-Lee brought the colourful characters from the first game to the new multiplayer platformer.

August 13, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Wildfire Part Four

After all was said and done, we sure burned a lot of things in the part four of our Wildfire playthrough.

August 8, 2020

Episode 151: Julian Ball (Len's Island)

Build, fight, farm and explore in Len's Island by Flow Studio

August 4, 2020

Mainstream Episode 16: Ghost of Tsushima & Ooblets

Spring stealthily from rooftops in Ghost of Tsushima, and make pals with heaps of cute dancing critters in Ooblets

July 30, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Wildfire Part Three

Here kitty kitty kitty....nice kitty kitty kitty

July 27, 2020

Study of 21,000 participants finds violent video games have no significant effect on behaviour

A new study from Massey University in New Zealand that collects and combines the work of previous studies shows there is no reason to believe violent video games cause violent behaviour.

July 23, 2020

Daniel Harrison has found balance and a strong support network

Learning to externalise worries and seeking support is how you survive online according to YouTuber Daniel Harrison.

July 20, 2020

Episode 150: Matt Ditton (Shooty Skies Overdrive)

Matt Ditton on converting mobile "shoot em up" Shooty Skies into a VR experience in Shooty Skies Overdrive

July 15, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Wildfire Part Two

Mastering the four elements was not as easy as they first thought!

July 13, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Infliction Part One

Home is where the heart is...

July 1, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Wildfire Part One

Master the elements in this stealth game where everything burns!

June 30, 2020

Mainstream Episode 15: The Last of Us Part II & No Straight Roads

Dan experiences the emotional and dark story in The Last of Us Part II and Gianni uses the power of rock to take down the Man in No Straight Roads.

June 27, 2020

Episode 149: Daniel Hindes (Wildfire)

Everything burns is a motto and a challenge to the player in Wildfire by Sneaky Bastards.

June 20, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Retrograde Arena

Ready, aim.... Physics!

June 18, 2020

Making PAX Australia a digital experience: Luke Lancaster on developing PAX Online

PAX Australia and PAX West won't be happening in person this year instead are combining and running as PAX Online.

June 15, 2020

Episode 148: Ben Chandler (Nighthawks)

Seize the night by its throat in this modern vampire roleplaying game by Wadjet Eye Games.

June 10, 2020

Mainstream Episode 14: Minecraft Dungeons & Ring Fit Adventure

Gianni defeats the Arch-Illager in Minecraft Dungeons, and Viv works her way through the reps in Ring Fit Adventure

June 10, 2020

Gamescom Asia delayed until 2021

The first ever Gamescom Asia event has been delayed due to health concerns.

June 9, 2020

Freeplay Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Recognizing Australia's great games!

June 5, 2020

Sarah Survives: Dead Space Part 3 - Wall Flesh the Videogame

Hello you've called the wall flesh extermination company, how can we help?

June 5, 2020

Sony fined $3.5 million for breach to Australian Consumer Law

Digital purchases are the same as physical purchases according to consumer regulator.

June 5, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Brimstone Brawlers

The cities strangest characters have entered the fray...

June 3, 2020

Scouting for the next League of Legends champion: Coach Chris Lee of Chiefs ESC

Chris Lee is a League of Legends coach and he’ll be guiding Australia’s winner of the Red Bull Solo Q tournament as they take on the world.

June 1, 2020

UPDATED: EB Games and ZeniMax to refund consumers for Fallout 76

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

May 30, 2020

Episode 147: Christopher Galea (Brimstone Brawlers) & Hacking in Single Player Games

Head into a a dark Victorian era battleground in Brimstone Brawlers by Ategig.

May 24, 2020

Mainstream Episode 13: XCOM Chimera Squad & Gears Tactics

Get a new top down perspective on the beloved Gears of War series in Gears Tactics & XCOM: Chimera Squad mixes up the tactical experience in a surprising new take.

May 22, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Moving Out - Part One

Clear furniture, avoid ghosts, and try not to break anything!

May 16, 2020

Episode 146: Brendan Watts (Fledgling Heroes) & who protects the history of games?

Get ready to spread your wings and take flight in the side-scrolling adventure Fledgling Heroes by Subtle Boom.

May 11, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Neko Ghost Jump

Switch between 3D and 2D modes and from ghost to cat form in Neko, Ghost Jump by Burgos Games!

May 9, 2020

Saying goodbye to a lost land in [soon, only the ocean]

Glenn Island is gone now, but it will be remembered. An interview with Max Myers, developer of [soon, only the ocean].

May 8, 2020

Mainstream Episode 12: Persona 5 Royal & Fallout 76 Wastelanders

Put on your mask and fight for your freedom in Persona 5 Royal, and sometimes war actually does change in Fallout 76 Wastelanders.

May 2, 2020

Episode 145: Ash Ringrose (Moving Out) & Keeping games going after launch

Grab your mates and get ready to move in chaotic multiplayer game Moving Out by SMG Studio.

April 26, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Projection First Light

Walk through a multicultural shadow world with Greta in Projection: First Light

April 23, 2020

Jordan Mays "Elfishguy" & Brandon Langiano "Raven" on how to level up to competitive esports

Do you want to play games professionally? Elfishguy and Raven can give you some pointers on how to make it in esports

April 18, 2020

Episode 144: Ben Chevalier (Butter Royale) & The myth of the lone gamer

Have the food fight of your life in the family friendly Butter Royale by Singapore's Mighty Bear Games.

April 13, 2020

Mainstream Episode 11: Final Fantasy VII Remake & My Friend Pedro

Equip your materia and head into battle with Adam and chat to a banana with guns akimbo with Gianni in Mainstream Episode 11!

April 11, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Mutazione

The best mutant-soap opera of the summer of 2020!

April 5, 2020

Episode 143: Theo Kipen (Kana Quest) & franchises back from the dead

Take your very first steps into learning Japanese with Kana Quest!

April 3, 2020

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 16 - Teach a Streamer to fish

“The act of fishing – for fish, dreams or whatever magic is available – is enough. It transports us to a special world, and a state of mind, where we are free." Fennel Hudson

April 1, 2020

The ingredients of DOOM: Composer Mick Gordon on the soundtrack of DOOM Eternal

Mick Gordon built DOOM Eternal's soundtrack upon the legacy of DOOM but without just repeating the past.