Podcasts

Here is where it all began, the podcast is the core of what we do here at Pixel Sift, where we break down the news, and speak to creatives all over the world about why they create.

September 17, 2021

The gritty and pretty world of award winning twin stick "shooter" DAP

Developers Iris and Paul Anstey share how their different interests combined for this dark horror adventure game

September 9, 2021

THE ARTFUL ESCAPE is a scifi adventure into a prog rock album cover

Across the universe in this musical adventure by Melbourne's Beethoven & Dinosaur

August 27, 2021

Become a cute Aussie spider on a mission in WEBBED by Sbug Games

Leap into the world of WEBBED by Sbug Games a cute Australian platformer inspired by Just Cause 2.

August 20, 2021

How piles of quokkas are teaching kids this National Science Week

Teaching kids environmental science by placing hundreds of quokkas into an environment in this educational game and livestream

August 16, 2021

Russian folklore galore in BLACK BOOK & the dense and grimey cyperpunk world of THE ASCENT

Enter the packed filthy world of twin-stick shooter The Ascent, or head to the Russian wilds to learn dark folk magic with Black Book.

August 13, 2021

RETURNAL's Narrative Director Gregory Louden debuts pop music narrative game BURN

Guide one of the biggest popstars in the world to glory or ruin in BURN a new narrative game by Convict Games.

July 31, 2021

The filmic influences of WHERE THE SNOW SETTLES

A filmic adventure about being brave and pushing beyond your limits made for all players in Tasmania

July 24, 2021

Building the roadmap for MINI MOTORWAYS, the sequel to hit MINI METRO

Can you plan the perfect road network? Mini Motorways by Dinosaur Polo Club will test your urban planning skills

July 19, 2021

How Lego inspired open world transport game MARS FIRST LOGISTICS

Build your own cross-planet delivery vehicles and trek across the great red marble in Mars First Logistics.

July 9, 2021

Enter the psychokinetic anime world of SCARLET NEXUS & save the universe again in MASS EFFECT LEGENDARY EDITION

Save the world in Scarlet Nexus a brand new action game from Bandai Namco, and save the universe in scifi RPG Mass Effect Legendary Edition by Bioware.

June 26, 2021

AGENT INTERCEPT is the spiritual successor to the SPY HUNTER series

Get behind the wheel of a transforming spy vehicle as you take to the road, sky and sea.

June 20, 2021

We discuss E3 2021's biggest announcements

All the E3 announcements that excited us, or left us wanting more at this online festival of games.

June 10, 2021

How a podcast interview led Jono Pech to write TRIGGER WITCH

Enter the zany fantasy world of Trigger Witch by New Zealand's Rainbite.

May 31, 2021

BEFORE WE LEAVE: A real time strategy game without the conquest

Emerge from your bunker and rebuild your world in strategy game Before We Leave by New Zealand's Balancing Monkey Games.

May 14, 2021

AR game EASTERN MARKET MURDER lets you walk the path of history

Step back in time while walking the streets of Melbourne in this augmented reality geolocation game.

May 7, 2021

Resident Evil Village & New Pokémon Snap

A different type of on rails (photographic) shooter in the long awaited sequel, and big monsters and spooky vampires in the next chapter of the survival horror series.

May 6, 2021

Find your way back home to seaside Goa in nostalgic narrative game FORGOTTEN FIELDS

Break through writers block by exploring the nostalgic beautiful Goa in Forgotten Fields by Frostwood Interactive.

May 1, 2021

Monster Hunter Rise & FANTASIAN

Gianni looks for savepoints and battles creatures in FANTASIAN, as Adam slays big dinosaurs with ridiculous swords in Monster Hunter Rise.

April 16, 2021

KINDER WORLD helps you practice mindfulness as you care for digital plants

Care for houseplants and help yourself in Kinder World a chilled gardening game from Lumi Interactive.

April 7, 2021

John Romero live at XRWA

John Romero shares thoughts on how game development has changed, what it's like to influence a new generation of developers and what people get wrong about him.

March 24, 2021

Coral Island (Soma Putera)

Coral Island is a new take on the farming simulator by Indonesia studio Stairway Games that has become a smash hit on Kickstarter.

March 17, 2021

Loop Hero & Valheim

5 million vikings can't be wrong about Valheim and how I stopped worrying and learned to love the loop in Loop Hero!

March 8, 2021

ACMI Games Lab (Arieh Offman)

Find out what games made the cut and what goes into curating a video games museum.

February 23, 2021

Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy (Ezra Artman)

Adventure and family walk hand in hand, in Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy

February 20, 2021

The Medium & Monster Sanctuary

Gianni isn't afraid of no ghosts in The Medium, while Adam collects critters and traverses platforms in Monster Sanctuary.

February 8, 2021

Doors of Insanity (Logan Branjord)

What do you get when you make a game based on purgatory inspired by your dreams? Rogue-like card based roleplaying game Doors of Insanity.

January 24, 2021

The Alto Collection (Harry Nesbitt & Jair McBain)

What comes next when your first games were huge hits? Harry Nesbitt and Jair McBain on following up Alto's Adventure with their new studio Land & Sea.

December 28, 2020

Games of the Year 2020

Here are our favourite games released in 2020, instant classics which will stand the test of time.

December 21, 2020

Dune Casu and Adrian Tosello (Art of Rally)

Jump back into the golden era of Group B rally with Dune Casu and Adrian Tosello

December 16, 2020

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity & Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Head into the in-game past with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and actual past with Super Mario 3D All-Stars

December 7, 2020

Meredith Hall (HoloVista)

Explore the meta social world of HoloVista with Meredith Hall from Aconite

November 27, 2020

Assassin's Creed Valhalla & Hades

Time to go a-viking in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and *try* escape from the underworld in Hades

November 21, 2020

Josh "Cheeseness" Bush (Hive Time)

Josh Bush made a bee themed Real Time Strategy game called Hive Time and let players pay what they want... did it pay off?

November 7, 2020

Matthew Cassells (Path of Titans)

Become a terrible lizard in dinosaur MMO Path of Titans by Australian modder and developer Matthew "deathlyrage" Cassells

October 26, 2020

Simon Boxer (Ring Of Pain)

Friend or foe? You soon shall find, the Ring of Pain has much to hide in this spooky tactical card game.

October 11, 2020

Brigitta Rena (When The Past Was Around)

Brigitta Rena started her career wanting to be an illustrator, but making the games she wants to play has now become her passion.

September 25, 2020

Mitch Clifford (Windbound)

Mitchell Clifford of Brisbane’s 5 Lives Studios shares the making of the nautical survival game Windbound

September 13, 2020

Tali Faulkner (Umurangi Generation)

Grab your camera and document the end of world in Umurangi Generation

September 8, 2020

Fall Guys & The Last Campfire

Helping lost souls in The Last Campfire and jumping rolling and striving for that crown in Fall Guys.

September 1, 2020

Paul Kopetko (Boomerang Fu)

It's a food fight to the death in Boomerang Fu a local multiplayer brawler for six players on Switch, Xbox One and Steam.

August 21, 2020

Aussie scientists use Minecraft to build a replica gravitational wave observatory for National Science Week

And you can visit LIGO in Minecraft yourself to learn about the physics of gravitational waves.

August 17, 2020

Ashleigh Starmer-Lee (Crossy Road Castle)

Crossy Road Castle is the sequel to one of the biggest Australian games ever made and Lead Artist Ashleigh Starmer-Lee brought the colourful characters from the first game to the new multiplayer platformer.

August 8, 2020

Julian Ball (Len's Island)

Build, fight, farm and explore in Len's Island by Flow Studio

August 4, 2020

Ghost of Tsushima & Ooblets

Spring stealthily from rooftops in Ghost of Tsushima, and make pals with heaps of cute dancing critters in Ooblets

July 20, 2020

Matt Ditton (Shooty Skies Overdrive)

Matt Ditton on converting mobile "shoot em up" Shooty Skies into a VR experience in Shooty Skies Overdrive

June 30, 2020

The Last of Us Part II & No Straight Roads

Dan experiences the emotional and dark story in The Last of Us Part II and Gianni uses the power of rock to take down the Man in No Straight Roads.

June 27, 2020

Daniel Hindes (Wildfire)

Everything burns is a motto and a challenge to the player in Wildfire by Sneaky Bastards.

June 15, 2020

Ben Chandler (Nighthawks)

Seize the night by its throat in this modern vampire roleplaying game by Wadjet Eye Games.

June 10, 2020

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

May 30, 2020

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

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 16, 2020

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 8, 2020

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

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 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

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

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 5, 2020

Theo Kipen (Kana Quest) & franchises back from the dead

Take your very first steps into learning Japanese with Kana Quest!

March 24, 2020

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

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 6, 2020

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

February 29, 2020

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 21, 2020

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 15, 2020

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 9, 2020

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 3, 2020

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

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 18, 2020

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 9, 2020

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

December 19, 2019

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 14, 2019

Shawn Toh (BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner) & gaming franchises forever

Battle your way through the sky then reel in your loot in BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner!

December 6, 2019

Metro 2033 Redux & Borderlands 3

Daniel heads to Russia in the newly shiny Metro 2033 Redux & Mitch finally gets round to trying Borderlands 3.

November 30, 2019

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 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 21, 2019

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

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 7, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts & L.A. Noire

Daniel has dug back into LA Noire, and Gianni has been playing Sayonara Wild Hearts!

November 3, 2019

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 19, 2019

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 5, 2019

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

September 23, 2019

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 7, 2019

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...

August 24, 2019

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 8, 2019

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

July 27, 2019

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 12, 2019

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

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

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 15, 2019

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.

May 31, 2019

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 17, 2019

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 4, 2019

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 22, 2019

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

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.

March 23, 2019

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 8, 2019

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?

February 22, 2019

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 8, 2019

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!

January 25, 2019

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.