Vivian Thum
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June 9, 2020

Freeplay Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Recognizing Australia's great games!

November 26, 2018

Vote for Pixel Sift in the Australian Games Awards

We're finalists for "Gaming Publication of the Year" at this year's Australian Gaming Awards, and we'd love your support and your vote to make it to the shortlist!

November 9, 2018

FIRST PERSON: Why I got back into Pokémon Go

How Nintendo’s unlikeliest collaboration caught my attention again, two years after its explosive entrance into the mobile gaming scene.

June 9, 2020

Freeplay Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Recognizing Australia's great games!

November 26, 2018

Vote for Pixel Sift in the Australian Games Awards

We're finalists for "Gaming Publication of the Year" at this year's Australian Gaming Awards, and we'd love your support and your vote to make it to the shortlist!

June 20, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Retrograde Arena

Ready, aim.... Physics!

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

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.

March 30, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: WitchWay

Become the Witch and save the bunnies in WitchWay!

March 27, 2020

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 15 - Fish Farming

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after". Henry David Thoreau

March 24, 2020

Mainstream Episode 10: Doom Eternal & Animal Crossing New Horizons

Adam has been ripping and also tearing in Doom Eternal and Gianni has been chilling out in an island paradise in Animal Crossing New Horizons

March 21, 2020

Episode 142: Ron Curry (IGEA) & Developers pull games from GeForce Now

Ron Curry CEO of Australian games industry peak body IGEA shares why they've merged with Game developer organisation GDAA

March 17, 2020

Oh My, God of War! Part 1 - You're a long way from home...

A new journey begins as Daniel and Mitch take the world of Midgard and follow the tale of Kratos and Atreus.

March 15, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Ori and the Will of the Wisps

It's time to head back into the forest as Daniel and Mitch run and jump through lush worlds of Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

March 8, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Kana Quest

Do you know your カ from your ナ? Learn Japanese Katakana and Hiragana in Kana Quest by Melbourne's Not Dead Design.

March 6, 2020

Mainstream Episode 9: Crossy Road Castle & Rainbow Six Siege

Sarah is picking the right operator for the job in Rainbow Six Siege, and Gianni is climbing higher and higher in Crossy Road Castle

March 5, 2020

Australian games industry bodies IGEA and GDAA approve merger

The two major industry organisations for the Australian Game Development Industry will merge after a vote from members.

March 4, 2020

Farming Fridays: Stardew Valley Part 14 - Moving Houses

“No matter who you are or where you are, instinct tells you to go home.” Laura Marney

February 29, 2020

Episode 141: Josh Sacco (Nom Nom Apocalypse) & COVID-19 virus impact on the games industry

"Hey have your seen a sandwich that could take a bite out of you?"

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 25, 2020

Pixel Sift Plays: Baron - Fur is Gonna Fly

Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers, take to the skies as fantastic beasts in flying machines in Baron: Fur Is Gonna Fly

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

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!