Sarah Ireland
Community Manager & Podcast Host

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 20, 2019

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

Aaron Eckhart never had to deal with fire lizards!

May 13, 2019

Here are all the winners of the Freeplay Awards

All the winners from the 2019 Freeplay Festival Awards!

January 26, 2019

More than 200 Australian made games are on sale on Steam right now

Hundreds of Australian made games are on sale now!

September 5, 2018

FIRST PERSON: A weekend at the inaugural Melbourne Esports Open

They've called it Australia's Biggest Esports event, and Pixel Sift were there for the very first Melbourne Esports Open.

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 20, 2019

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

Aaron Eckhart never had to deal with fire lizards!

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 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?

May 27, 2019

$100,000 fund announced for Western Australian game developers

Western Australian game developers will have access to the first government fundi in more than a decade with the announcement of The Interactive Pilot Fund.

May 26, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: STONE

If you're into anthropomorphic Aussie animals smoking, drinking and investigating a mystery, you've got a very particular set of tastes, but STONE should be exactly what you're into.

May 20, 2019

Pixel Sift wins the inaugural gaming category at the Australian Podcast Awards!

It's official, we're the winners of the gaming category in the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.

May 17, 2019

Episode 121 Greg Dziemidowicz (VR Regatta) & the return of the Australian Interactive Games Fund

Feel the thrills of tearing through the waves and sea without ever leaving the shore in VR Regatta by Melbourne's MarineVerse.

May 13, 2019

Here are all the winners of the Freeplay Awards

All the winners from the 2019 Freeplay Festival Awards!

May 10, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Tales of the Neon Sea

If you're up for a cyberpunk noir adventure game, then Tales of the Neon Sea might be just the lead you're chasing to blow this case wide open.

May 6, 2019

90s Kids Will Remember This: Research says part of your brain is dedicated to recognising Pokémon

Too bad if you wanted to use it for something else, if you played Pokémon in the 90s part of your visual cortex has specialised in recognising them all.

May 4, 2019

Episode 120: Hamish Wagstaff (Double Shot) & two very different approaches to crunch

Head back to a past that never was in Double Shot, an 1980s inspired neon cyberpunk VR bartending shooter.

April 30, 2019

"What does it mean to be indie?" Freeplay Festival celebrates 15 years

Freeplay Festival celebrates fifteen years of championing independent video games and challenging the status quo this year at a time when everyone could be considered indie.

April 27, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Hunt 'N Sneak with James Koehne

It's a dark and spooky fantasy game of hide and seek, and we sat down with one of the creators, James Koehne to see who was the best at being hidden!

April 22, 2019

Episode 119: Neil Rennison (Table of Tales) & Neil's storied career in games

Jump inside the gameboard with Tin Man Games' Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown a Playstation VR tabletop game.

April 12, 2019

Episode 118: Katie Stegs (Critter Clash) & should all games have an easy mode?

How do you turn the ship from marketing & consulting company to full time game developer? Katie Stegs and the team at Lumi Interactive know how.

April 7, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Lethal Lawns

Who thought that weekend errands could be this deadly?

April 5, 2019

All you need to do is just fly and chill in Samurai Punk's brand new game Feather

Fly, hang out with your bird-mates, and listen to cool ambient tunes in Samurai Punk's Feather.

March 30, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Freedom Fall

It's the fifth anniversary of Stirfire Studio's Freedom Fall this year, so it seemed a perfect opportunity to jump into one of Perth's finest indie games.

March 28, 2019

We're Finalists at the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards!

We've been selected by the judges at the Australian Podcast awards as finalists for 2019!

March 23, 2019

Episode 117: Matt Sanderson (Mars Underground) & parents spending 34% more on games than last year

What do you get when you combine Earthbound, Monkey Island and Groundhog Day? Mars Underground, a timelooping retro adventure.

March 20, 2019

Robin Vilain wants everyone to be able to enjoy games

A curated and accessible list of games released last year that everyone can enjoy.

March 15, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Armello

Enter the fantasy world of Armello as anthromorphic characters battle for the crown in this digital boardgame from Melbourne's League of Geeks.

March 8, 2019

Episode 116: Owain Bolt (Dismantle: Contruct Carnage) & game developer job losses around the world

Can you survive in this multiplayer brawler, where every part of your body can be knocked off?

March 6, 2019

Australian Government: More research needed on whether or not loot boxes are gambling

Keep those credit cards hot, because the Australian Government isn't about to stop you buying loot boxes any time soon

March 4, 2019

Play & Play: Creating a virtual reality musical instrument

Maize Wallin is a musician and game designer, whose exploration of how we play musical instruments has lead to them designing Noise Drawers an virtual reality musical instrument game.

March 1, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Objects in Space with Elissa & Leigh of Flat Earth Games

Watch Mitch get well and truly lost in space with Flat Earth Games' Objects in Space.

February 24, 2019

A day on the Esplanade: Meeting the WA Twitch community

Meet some Sandgroper streamers, we went down to WesternAus Community meetup up to say hello.

February 22, 2019

Episode 115: Ian MacLarty (JUMPGRID) & working as a solo developer

It's fast, frantic and a little bit hypnotic, join us as we learn how Ian MacLarty developed his new space action game JUMPGRID!

February 15, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Hyper Jam

Hyper Jam: It's stylish combat in a cyberpunk world where one of the Daft Punk robots can beat up Major Kusanagi. What more do you want?

February 8, 2019

Episode 114: Aidan McKeown (Paperville Panic) & More than One Way to Launch a Game

Fight fires and more in a town where EVERYTHING burns in Paperville Panic!

February 5, 2019

Applications open for games industry mentorship program The Working Lunch

The Working Lunch is back for 2019 with applications open for women and non-binary participants.

February 1, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Golf With Your Friends

You know those crazy mini golf courses you designed as a kid? We'll now you can play them in Golf With Your Friends by Brisbane's Blacklight Interactive

January 29, 2019

Home is where the heart is: Global Game Jam Perth 2019

Home is what you make it, and for developers at Perth's Global Game Jam, Northbridge became a supportive home of creativity.

January 26, 2019

More than 200 Australian made games are on sale on Steam right now

Hundreds of Australian made games are on sale now!

January 25, 2019

Episode 113: Daniel Elston (Guile & Glory: Firstborn) & Hbomberguys massive marathon for Mermaids UK

Tactical strategy game Guile & Glory: Firstborn is the first project for Melbourne based Elston Studios and it's built on a love of tactical and tabletop games.

January 21, 2019

Pixel Sift Plays: Inflatality

Wobble, whack and win in the wavey tube battle of your life with Inflatality by Hojo Studio and Deepforge Studios.

January 11, 2019

Episode 112: Brigitta Rena (She and the Light Bearer) & the Great Server Divide

She and the Light Bearer is a storybook tale filled with Indonesian plants, history and culture from Surabaya based Mojiken Studio

December 25, 2018

FIRST PERSON: The video game gifts that changed your life

Big or small, some gifts really make all the difference. We asked you what was your best video game gift ever and share some of our favourites!

December 23, 2018

Pixel Sift Plays: Desert Child with Oscar Brittain

Racing along the martian wastes with Desert Child by Oscar Brittain, a stylish scifi adventure game.

December 16, 2018

IGEA report reminds Federal Government that video games need their support

Don't you forget about us says IGEA as Australia heads towards the next federal election.

December 14, 2018

Episode 111: Ellen Jurik (Storm Boy: The Game) & Epic's store changes the game

Ellen Jurik of Sydney's Blowfish Studios shares their adaptation of the classic children's novel Storm Boy.

December 8, 2018

Pixel Sift Plays: Regular Human Basketball

How hard is it to work with a friend to push a few buttons and shoot a few hoops? Bloody hard it turns out.

December 3, 2018

PAXELSIFT 2018: All our videos from the Indie Rising showfloor

Every single video from PAX Australia 2018, our PAXELSIFT series 3, available right here right now.

December 1, 2018

Episode 110: Clinton McCleary (Infliction) & the Australian Senate loot box inquiry

Clinton McCleary's first game Infliction isn't for the faint of heart, but it's definitely a powerful piece of horror storytelling.