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Lightmap is an Australian Podcast Award show that explores the creative process of making videogames and interactive media, and introduces you to the creators of some of the most highly anticipated games. Previously known as Pixel Sift. Established in 2015

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Lightmap is an Australian Podcast Award show that explores the creative process of making videogames and interactive media, and introduces you to the creators of some of the most highly anticipated games. Previously known as Pixel Sift. Established in 2015

    Four day weeks and unlimited leave, Mighty Kingdom's Tony Lawrence on the future of making games

    Four day weeks and unlimited leave, Mighty Kingdom's Tony Lawrence on the future of making games

    South Australia's Mighty Kingdom (CONAN CHOP CHOP, AVA'S MANOR, PETER RABBIT RUN!) is rapidly expanding and according to COO Tony Lawrence they want to be Australia's answer to an EA sized studio.

    Tony has worked previously as General Manager of 2K Australia (BIOSHOCK series, THE BUREAU: XCOM DECLASSIFIED, BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL!) and with industry representative groups GDAA and IGEA.

    Speaking broadly of the economic incentives for new studios, what it was like to see foreign companies shut down the studios he helmed and what the future might hold this conversation is a great insight from one of Australia's veteran game developers. 

    SIFTER is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is our Senior Producer, Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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    • 19 min
    Won't Someone Think of the Children?! Why Australia Bans Video Games

    Won't Someone Think of the Children?! Why Australia Bans Video Games

    It is well-known amongst both developers and players that Australia has one of the most onerous and hardline classification systems in the world.

    From AAA titles including FALLOUT 3 to indies including DISCO ELYSIUM and most recently SLUDGE LIFE and LAKE, there are a significant number of titles that run into release problems under our current classification guidelines.

    In this PAX Australia 2021 panel, we'll explore how the videogames classification system works, the impact of interaction on classification, we'll look at the history of games that have been refused classification and pose the question - isn't it time our videogames classification system was overhauled?

    Screenhub's Jini Maxwell, Freeplay's Chad Toprak and ACMI's Arieh Offman joined SIFTER's Gianni Di Giovanni for this fun discussion .

    Lightmap is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Viv Thum, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    BLUEBERRY is an emotional platformer that tackles mental health and how our perspective shifts

    BLUEBERRY is an emotional platformer that tackles mental health and how our perspective shifts

    Mel Taylor from Brisbane's Mellow Games was inspired by her own life to make BLUEBERRY a story focused platform game with light puzzle elements that follows a character's life from beginning to end.

    This semi-autobiographical game explores how our perspective shifts throughout our lives, climbing a tower filled with memories that you can replay as you get older and understand new points of view.

    This episode was broadcast live as part of PAX Radio at PAX Australia 2021, supported by Audio Technica.

    Lightmap is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Viv Thum, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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    • 28 min
    Welcome to SIFTER, a new chapter for the team behind Pixel Sift

    Welcome to SIFTER, a new chapter for the team behind Pixel Sift

    Hi my name is Gianni, and this week marks the sixth year that I’ve been the Executive Producer of a podcast called Pixel Sift.

    In 2019 we won the Australian Podcast Award for the gaming category, and it’s still one of my proudest achievements.

    In 2019 with a video game review show called Mainstream and shared our experiences with some of the bigger higher profile titles that everyone was talking about.  

    What I’m most proud of is that often one of the very first interviews that a developer does with the press was with us, and we’ve worked hard to highlight teams of all shapes and sizes.

    I’m really pleased to announce that today we’re starting a new chapter.

    Welcome to SIFTER.

    It’s a new consistent look and a new name, but one I think you’ll be pretty familiar with.

    That’s not the only thing with a new name, if you’ve refreshed your podcast player today you’ll notice that our interview podcast is now called Lightmap.

    It speaks to what we’re trying to achieve with this show, illuminating conversations on the creative process, a guide to what some of the most interesting and creative teams are working on , and discussions around the intersections of culture and interactive games.

    Starting with episode 181 we’ll officially be in season 2 of the show.

    Our review podcast Mainstream keeps it’s name but is sporting some new paint.

    You can follow us on social media where our handle has updated as well, we’re now sifterhq on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch and YouTube.

    We’ve revamped our website, that’s now at sifter.com.au and you can find collections of games that we’ve covered and look at all the stories, gameplay videos and head straight onto the stores to pick them up and support the teams, read news, reviews and more.

    And coming up on the 2nd of October we’re hosting a launch party, it’s called the SIFTER SHOWCASE and I want you to be a part of it head to sifter.games for more information. We’ve got a bunch of interviews with the teams behind games like Cult of The Lamb, Broken Roads, Knuckle Sandwich and Heavenly Bodies.

    It’s going to be a lot of fun so we’d love to see you there.

    We’ve said this a bit over the years, but honestly the best free thing you can do support the show is to recommend us to your friends, get them to listen to Lightmap or Mainstream or share an article or video you enjoyed.

    Here's to the next chapter, until next time have fun.

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

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

    ‍Iris and Paul Anstey of Melbourne's Melting Parrot are first time game developers, but their teamwork on DAP a spooky adventure game with a charcoal drawing aesthetic is a combination of this couple's interests. Recently awarded the top prize at Japan's Bitsummit, The Vermillion Gate Award, and the prize for best sound this Pikmin like twin stick shooter hides complexity within it's visual style.

    Pixel Sift is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Viv Thum, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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

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

    Johnny Galvatron of Melbourne's Beethoven & Dinosaur almost became a 3D animator, but musical success with his band the Galvatrons saw him head down another path. A love of games and storytelling never left him and once the touring was over his next project began with the musical adventure THE ARTFUL ESCAPE.

    This narrative sci-fi adventure game combines Hollywood talent like Lena Headey, Jason Schwartzmann (who turned up to recording sessions in cosplay) and Carl Weathers, baby, for a cosmic musical story set in a beautiful world.

    Pixel Sift is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Viv Thum, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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    • 29 min

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