Though the news that the famous Penny Arcade Expo would be coming to Melbourne in 2013 was greeted with excitement, the Penny Arcade brand has a history of exclusion and harassment that should be watched closely.
After four years under the direction of Paul Callaghan, the Freeplay Independent Games Festival today announced Katie Williams and Harry Lee as incoming co-directors. Game On sat down with them to talk about the future of the festival.
Games For Change is an international organisation with a lot of reach. Why, then, was its first Australian festival lacking an agenda for change?
Watching Robin Hunicke play Journey—the videogame she worked on at thatgamecompany—at ACMI last week was a revelation. It was, in more ways than one, a moment to find your place in the universe.
At this year's Game Connect Asia Pacific conference, the mood was split between change and consolidation for videogame makers.
The speakers and attendees at this year's Freeplay Festival pushed beyond the dialogue that we’ve been rehearsing for years about videogames and other media, aiming for something a little deeper, a little more rewarding, and hopefully, a little more honest.
Last weekend, the Freeplay Independent Games Festival awards showcased a diverse array of interesting and exciting new Australian videogames — and some confused Americans eating a jar of Vegemite. We've got the full details.
There are many reasons that Melbourne has, for the last few years at least, felt like the focal point for videogames culture in Australia. Among these, though—the game jams, the huge amateur and professional community, the cultural and educational institutions—the Freeplay Independent Games Festival stands out as a clear exclamation point. Freeplay is for Australia’s […]
After almost two weeks of Game Masters coverage, you’re probably getting sick of hearing about local videogame-related events by now. Don’t worry: I’ll be back to writing about videogames themselves shortly, but I thought it would be remiss of me not to point out some other upcoming events around Australia. First is the Game On […]
There’s no doubt that Game Masters is about as good as an exhibition of videogames could presently hope to be. It is among the best—if not the best—of its kind. If anything, Game Masters proves that videogames belong in cultural spaces: not just as part of the conversation, as a box to tick to prove […]