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Byte Into IT: A Megabyte of Information from Freeplay Independent Games Festival Director Chad Toprak and Awards Judge Cherie Davidson

Freeplay Independent Games Festival Director Chad Toprak and festival awards judge Cherie Davidson join the Byte Into IT crew to chat all things surrounding the festival, which begins May 7th.

The festival celebrates independent games, as well as shining a neon light onto emerging game-makers and players. It’s been going since 2004, and this year celebrates its 15th anniversary.

The 2019 theme is ‘Introspection’. Chad says artists, judges and players are encouraged to ‘hit the pause button to reflect on where we’re headed in the future’.

Cherie joins the conversation in the second half of the show to discuss the purpose of the award ceremony. She also delves into the different layers and levels to the game submissions and the significance of a simple game strategy. She mentions a game a few years back that made a tremendous impact on her, especially as a judge.

Chad and Cherie also explore what is quintessential to the identity of Australian game makers.

Listen to Byte Into IT: A Megabyte of Information from Freeplay Independent Games Festival Director Chad Toprak and Awards Judge Cherie Davidson30:491 May 2019