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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.

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

Sony fined $3.5 million for breach to Australian Consumer Law

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

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 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].

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 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.

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

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 13, 2019

Here are all the winners of the Freeplay Awards

All the winners from the 2019 Freeplay Festival Awards!

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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!

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 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.

November 30, 2018

FIRST PERSON: Fan of the game, or just the marketing?

A lot of spinoff media is just there to help advertise the original games, but Mitch reckons it's just as valid to enjoy spinoff and not care about about the source.

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 16, 2018

Florence secures three nominations at The Game Awards

The highly awarded Florence by Melbourne based studio Mountains, has secured three nominations at this year's Game Awards.

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.

November 5, 2018

New travel funding for Western Australian game developers announced

After many years of working without state government support, Western Australian developers have now have their first direct funding program.

November 3, 2018

Sydney based Revie Studios pulls The Sims competitor “Habs” Kickstarter campaign after raising only $645 towards AU$3.5M goal

Billed as a Sims-killer, Habs by Sydney's Revie Studios fails to attract backers to their now cancelled crowdfunding campaign.

October 17, 2018

#MIGW2018, Meetups, parties, podcasts, lets plays & more!

We'll be all over Melbourne International Games Week and PAX AUS, it's going to be chock-a-block

October 16, 2018

One third of full time game workers earn less than minimum wage according to Game Workers Unite Australia

Making games is difficult and getting paid for it properly is even harder according to new statistics from Game Workers Unite Australia.

September 30, 2018

UPDATE: Pixel Parties Indie Prize Pack Winner & PAX Australia 2018

We announce our Pixel Parties Prize Winner & an update on our where we'll be at PAXAUS 2018!

September 29, 2018

FIRST PERSON: Memes and Trends, the Post-Post Modern Folktales

The internet comes at you fast take a journey with Mitch and learn why he thinks memes and folklore have more in common than you think.

September 25, 2018

Guest Podcast: Party Loaded Episode 145

Mitch doesn't know anything about Spider-Man, but he sure talked about it on Episode #145 of Party Loaded!

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.

August 7, 2018

Say it with a game: HEART2GAME custom video game messages

If you ever wanted to have a custom game for a loved one, HEART2GAME might be just what the "love doctor" ordered.

June 2, 2018

Celebrate 100 Episodes of Pixel Sift at Pixel Parties!

100 episodes down and we want to party with you at The Sewing Room in Perth on Friday July 13th 2018!

May 17, 2018

Guest Podcast: Super Hype Train Episode 45

How will Mitch go with his predictions for this year's upcoming E3? Only time will tell but I bet that Khajit dating sim is a sure bet.

March 25, 2018

They’re good dogs BJ – Woof3d

A whole lot of good dogs that need pats in Woof3d, a Wolfenstein 3d mod by Louis Roots.

February 14, 2018

Get ahead in the gig economy – Mimi’s Delivery Dash

Do yourself a favour and play this gorgeous love letter to Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service.

February 7, 2018

Guest Podcast: Super Hype Train Episode 32

Your request for even more discussion about the Australian Government response to the Video Game Development inquiry has been noted.

January 31, 2018

A decade of late nights and long weekends: Visiting Global Game Jam Perth 2018

Strap yourself in, you've got 48 hours to make a game from start to finish at the Global Game Jam which celebrates it's 10th anniversary this year.

May 23, 2017

So Who Was That Destiny 2 Reveal Actually For?

So it goes without saying that this reveal had a lot to prove, not just to those who have fallen in love with Bungie’s space magic universe, but those who felt let down by a final product that didn’t live up to expectations.

March 11, 2017

Guest Podcast: Bit Storm Episode 12

Mitch finds himself a new podcast, he argues a better podcast. I argue he can stay there.

July 23, 2016

Leveraging Let’s Plays: Tagging Your Game Correctly.

Don't let your fans' videos drown in an ocean of content, follow these simple tips to ensure your game gets the attention it deserves on Twitch, Youtube and Mixer.