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Lightmap is an Australian Podcast Award winning show that explores the creative process of making videogames and interactive media, and introduces you to the creators of some of the most exciting titles. You'll meet developers, musicians, artists, journalist and more, so come join us here and on SIFTER.com.au

Lightmap - Conversations with video game creators SIFTER

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Lightmap is an Australian Podcast Award winning show that explores the creative process of making videogames and interactive media, and introduces you to the creators of some of the most exciting titles. You'll meet developers, musicians, artists, journalist and more, so come join us here and on SIFTER.com.au

    CAPES is a super heroic tactics game from the makers of HAND OF FATE

    CAPES is a super heroic tactics game from the makers of HAND OF FATE

    Have you ever wanted to make the ultimate super hero teamup? Inspired by XCOM: CHIMERA SQUAD, CAPES is the new tactical super hero game where positioning and combo moves are the way to win. Want to put together your own fastball special? Squad composition and positioning is the way to win.
    Cade Franklin one of the original team on HAND OF FATE joins Lightmap to share the design intentions, making it feel super and how the team who made one of the most interesting Australian made games is back together working on new titles.
    Apple Arcade: Enjoy unlimited access to over 200 incredibly fun games with no ads and no in-app purchases. From puzzle and adventure games to sports, racing, and multiplayer action games, everyone can count on finding something to love. Head to sifter.com.au/arcade to start your free trial* of Apple Arcade today and you'll be supporting independent video games journalism. *New subscribers only. AU$9.99/month after free trial. Plan automatically renews after trial until cancelled.
    You can support SIFTER's independent gaming journalism by
    ☕ Tipping us on KoFi https://www.ko-fi.com/sifterHQ
    👕 Wearing our merch https://sifter.store/
    💬 Talking to us on the SIFTER Discord https://www.sifter.com.au/discord
    SIFTER is produced by Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Courtney Borrett, Daniel Ang, Adam Christou and Chris Button. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Audio Technica Australia for their support of SIFTER.

    • 25 min
    COZY CARAVAN has cute stepped animations and chill lo-fi vibes

    COZY CARAVAN has cute stepped animations and chill lo-fi vibes

    Chris Conte & Dean Ferguson from Queensland's 5 Lives Studios share COZY CARAVAN and ask you te enjoy lo-fi hip hop beats to open a market stall to. Learn why the team wanted to make something that was decidedly smaller than their previous titles, designing this cool stepped animation and why they still want to return to SATELLITE REIGN one day.
    Apple Arcade: Enjoy unlimited access to over 200 incredibly fun games with no ads and no in-app purchases. From puzzle and adventure games to sports, racing, and multiplayer action games, everyone can count on finding something to love. Head to sifter.com.au/arcade to start your free trial* of Apple Arcade today and you'll be supporting independent video games journalism. *New subscribers only. AU$9.99/month after free trial. Plan automatically renews after trial until cancelled.
    You can support SIFTER's independent gaming journalism by
    ☕ Tipping us on KoFi https://www.ko-fi.com/sifterHQ
    👕 Wearing our merch https://sifter.store/
    💬 Talking to us on the SIFTER Discord https://www.sifter.com.au/discord
    SIFTER is produced by Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Courtney Borrett, Daniel Ang, Adam Christou and Chris Button. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Audio Technica Australia for their support of SIFTER.

    • 29 min
    BALADINS is a time-loopy RPG for up to four pals where you can't save everyone at once

    BALADINS is a time-loopy RPG for up to four pals where you can't save everyone at once

    Can't get your friends to come join you at your house for a night of tabletop gaming? BALADINS by French studio Seed by Seed takes the fun of rolling dice and playing a character and distills it to a cool timeloop adventure.
    Jean Nicholas and Thaïs Arias join Lightmap to share their narrative game which was featured as part of Ludonarracon, their coop studio structure and prototyping this cute multiplayer adventure.
    Apple Arcade: Enjoy unlimited access to over 200 incredibly fun games with no ads and no in-app purchases. From puzzle and adventure games to sports, racing, and multiplayer action games, everyone can count on finding something to love. Head to sifter.com.au/arcade to start your free trial* of Apple Arcade today and you'll be supporting independent video games journalism. *New subscribers only. AU$9.99/month after free trial. Plan automatically renews after trial until cancelled.
    You can support SIFTER's independent gaming journalism by
    ☕ Tipping us on KoFi https://www.ko-fi.com/sifterHQ
    👕 Wearing our merch https://sifter.store/
    💬 Talking to us on the SIFTER Discord https://www.sifter.com.au/discord
    SIFTER is produced by Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Courtney Borrett, Daniel Ang, Adam Christou and Chris Button. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Audio Technica Australia for their support of SIFTER.

    • 35 min
    League of Geeks almost shut up shop, their last big play is SOLIUM INFERNUM

    League of Geeks almost shut up shop, their last big play is SOLIUM INFERNUM

    It's been nearly eight years since Trent Kusters one of the co-founders of Melbourne's League of Geeks joined me on the podcast. Back in the Pixel Sift days, Trent was working through the early days of ARMELLO their groundbreaking digital board game, but the last twelve months have been some of the hardest for the company.
    JUMPLIGHT ODYSSEY was shelved in order to limp along and get SOLIUM INFERNUM across the line. In a very candid interview Trent shares what went wrong and how it felt to have to bring crashing down what they had built over the last decade. We also chat about coming full circle with the tabletop boardgame version of ARMELLO being developed by King of the Castle Games.
    You can support SIFTER's independent gaming journalism by
    ☕ Tipping us on KoFi https://www.ko-fi.com/sifterHQ
    👕 Wearing our merch https://sifter.store/
    💬 Talking to us on the SIFTER Discord https://www.sifter.com.au/discord
    SIFTER is produced by Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Courtney Borrett, Daniel Ang, Adam Christou and Chris Button. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Audio Technica Australia for their support of SIFTER.

    • 44 min
    BERSERK BOY is a fast paced platformer with the soul of Sonic the Hedgehog

    BERSERK BOY is a fast paced platformer with the soul of Sonic the Hedgehog

    Did you grow up blasting through Green Hill Zone or Casino Night Zone? Maybe you spent hours defeating the nefarious schemes of Dr Wily. 
    These colourful platformers hold a fond place in the hearts of many including Zu Ehtisham solo developer of the new BERSERK BOY where you blast through levels switching elemental powers as you go. 
    Learn how Zu build a modern platformer that is inspired by but isn't beholden to the past.
    You can support SIFTER's independent gaming journalism by
    ☕ Tipping us on KoFi https://www.ko-fi.com/sifterHQ
    ‍👕 Wearing our merch https://sifter.store/
    ‍💬 Talking to us on the SIFTER Discord https://www.sifter.com.au/discord
    SIFTER is produced by Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Courtney Borrett, Daniel Ang, Adam Christou and Chris Button. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Audio Technica Australia for their support of SIFTER.

    • 24 min
    The enduring appeal of FRUIT NINJA, reinventing the game for Apple Vision Pro

    The enduring appeal of FRUIT NINJA, reinventing the game for Apple Vision Pro

    Queensland based Halfbrick have been making games for almost 25 years, and chances are if you’ve picked up a phone in the last decade you’ve played one of their games.
    Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Age of Zombies or maybe you’re a bit more oldschool and played one of their Gameboy Advance games or PlayStation or Wii titles. 
    In an industry that surges and wanes, Halfbrick has been one of the enduring stories of game development in Australia. 
    Shainiel Deo is CEO and one of the founders, and Maddy Annibale have just put out their newest title, SUPER FRUIT NINJA and Jetpack Joyride 2 for the Apple Vision Pro.
    You can support SIFTER's independent gaming journalism by
    ☕ Tipping us on KoFi https://www.ko-fi.com/sifterHQ
    👕 Wearing our merch https://sifter.store/
    💬 Talking to us on the SIFTER Discord https://www.sifter.com.au/discord
    SIFTER is produced by Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Courtney Borrett, Daniel Ang, Adam Christou and Chris Button. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Audio Technica Australia for their support of SIFTER.

    • 30 min

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