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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.

October 29, 2017

Day Three Recap - 2017 PAX Australia - #PAXELSIFT

We've been smashing out interviews left right and centre and we present to you, PAXELSIFT DAY 3. Enjoy!

October 28, 2017

Day Two Recap - 2017 PAX Australia - #PAXELSIFT

We're back again bringing you live interviews from the floor for Day Two of PAX Australia 2017, and we're looking at all things indie.

October 27, 2017

Day One Recap - 2017 PAX Australia - #PAXELSIFT

We're back for another year of PAX Australia coverage with #PAXELSIFT! Join us as we recap everything we saw on Day One of the convention.

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.

November 6, 2016

Day Three Recap - 2016 PAX Australia - #PAXELSIFT

We've made it through the final day of PAX Australia 2016, but that doesn't mean we've stopped bringing you the best of the indie floor at PAX Rising.

November 5, 2016

Day Two Recap - 2016 PAX Australia - #PAXELSIFT

Even more indie developer interviews coming at you from the floor of PAX Australia with #PAXELSIFT!

November 4, 2016

Day One Recap - 2016 PAX Australia - #PAXELSIFT

All the interviews from Day one of PAX Australia 2016, Friday November 4th 2016

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.