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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

    Austin Wintory, Tripod, Montaigne on writing the Grammy Award nominated STRAY GODS: THE ROLEPLAYING MUSICAL

    Austin Wintory, Tripod, Montaigne on writing the Grammy Award nominated STRAY GODS: THE ROLEPLAYING MUSICAL

    The groundbreaking STRAY GODS: THE ROLEPLAYING MUSICAL is pretty unique and the very first Australian made game to be nominated for a Grammy Award, which will be awarded today.
    Composers Austin Wintory (JOURNEY, ASSASSIN'S CREED SYNDICATE) Scott Edgar and Simon Hall from musical comedy group Tripod, singer-songwritter Montaigne aka Jess Cerro join Summerfall Studios Liam Esler to talk about what it was like to make this branching musical adventure.
    The 66th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday 4th February 2024 (Monday 5th February in Australia)
    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.

    • 41 min
    The best game soundtracks of 2023: ZELDA: TOTK, BALDUR'S GATE 3 & more

    The best game soundtracks of 2023: ZELDA: TOTK, BALDUR'S GATE 3 & more

    We listen back through this incredible year of games with our friend Meena Shamaly, musician, composer and host of ABC Classic's The Game Show. It's Shamaly Selects 2023 and boy are there some incredible pieces to listen to. Here is what delighted and made the top eight this year.
    STRAY GODS: THE ROLEPLAYING MUSICAL - Adrift & Challenging a Queen (Red Edition)TCHIA - Main ThemeBALDUR'S GATE 3 - Down by the RiverMARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN 2 - Greater TogetherASSASSIN'S CREED MIRAGE - Mirage ThemeMORTAL KOMBAT 1 - A New Era (Main Theme)VENBA - RaasaTHE LEGEND OF ZELDA TEARS OF THE KINGDOM - Main ThemeWhat made your soundtrack list? Leave us a review with your favourite soundtrack.
    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.

    • 54 min
    KNUCKLE SANDWICH is an RPG inspired by best of GBA and Nintendo DS games

    KNUCKLE SANDWICH is an RPG inspired by best of GBA and Nintendo DS games

    If you grew up playing the Gameboy Advance and the Nintendo DS, you might have missed the aesthetic those games created at the time, but you'd definitely remember the vibes. Those vibes are what Andy Brophy and Olivia Haines are trying to recapture in their weird and wonderful roleplaying game KNUCKLE SANDWICH.
    With some kicking tunes and fun turn based battles, this is a game that might just inspire the next generation of video game creators. Learn how this project went from flash game to full release and how Olivia's love of PlayStation 1 era games also shaped the game for the better.

    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.

    • 33 min
    A voice says SLAY THE PRINCESS. What you do next is up to you

    A voice says SLAY THE PRINCESS. What you do next is up to you

    SLAY THE PRINCESS is a horror narrative visual novel where you've got one task. You're here to slay a princess, but if you do is actually up to you. This game brings branching narratives and a style of roguelite gameplay to the visual novel genre where all your choices can lead to an ending.
    Developers Abby Howard and Tony Howard-Arias join Lightmap to share how their small side project SLAY THE PRINCESS was made while developing episodic game SCARLET HOLLOW and how it's found them a brand new audience.
    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, 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.

    • 39 min
    THE PLUCKY SQUIRE jumps between 2D and 3D worlds and is a gorgeous homage to gaming's past

    THE PLUCKY SQUIRE jumps between 2D and 3D worlds and is a gorgeous homage to gaming's past

    THE PLUCKY SQUIRE feels like a world of pure imagination. Jonathan Biddle and James Turner head up All Possible Futures a completely remote studio working on the gorgeous game that acts as a love letter to some of your favourite genres and games of the last 30 years.
    Gianni sat down with Jonathon Biddle at PAX Australia to explore how this collaboration came together, inspirations from Nintendo games past, and what to expect when the game hits your consoles next year.
    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, 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
    Are video games causing climate change?

    Are video games causing climate change?

    If you want to play a video game you have to plug something in, that power comes from somewhere and Dr Ben Abraham, has completed the second annual Net Zero Snapshot for the games industry.
    Ubisoft is leading the charge dropping their emissions, despite being one of the world's biggest studios, but for many other Triple A game developers they just aren't making enough of a change according to Abraham.
    You can read the full report over on the After Climate website.

    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, 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.

    • 16 min

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