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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

    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
    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

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