Check out some gems of Australian game development curated by ACMI
If you're looking for a place to dive into Melbourne International Games Week, but are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of games and events, ACMI's Big Games Night In returns for a second year featuring a diverse range of Australian made games.
Arieh Offman, Video Games program curator at ACMI said the games selected represented a broad range of creators and styles, including those nominated for the Australian Games Development Awards.
"Firstly, it’s designed as a family friendly event – so while there is some mature content in there, I tend to keep it to a minimum to ensure that most games can be played and shared with people of any age," said Offman
"I like to show off the incredible diversity and creativity in the types of games that are produced here in Australia, from games that move you and make you think through to frantic and fun couch-coops! "
"This year I was one of the judges in the Australian Game Developer Awards, and I’ve worked closely with the team there to feature some of the amazing finalists across a range of categories."
This year players can connect directly with the developers of the games in the event, through a community Discord server and share their experiences with others.
"Players can jump online and talk directly to the people who made the games they are playing"
"I think in these times, when connection and finding community can be difficult it’s a great opportunity and platform for people to come together and celebrate Melbourne International Games Week – and this medium that we all love."
Players who leave their feedback in the discord server also go in the running to win one of 15 copies of The Gardens Between by The Voxel Agents.
The demos are available now on the ACMI website until the 10th of October.
You can also join Arieh at PAX Australia talking about Australian video game classification on Saturday 9th October 1:30PM AEDT in "Won’t Someone Think of the Children? Why Australia Bans Games" along with ACMI Women and Nonbinary Gamers Club's Jini Maxwell, and Freeplay's Chad Toprak hosted by SIFTER's Gianni Di Giovanni.