Category Archives: Features

What is Australia’s Future in the Games Development Industry?

Earlier this month, I attended Xbox Academy’s games design workshop, and had an absolute blast learning the basics of the industry. The class was led by Jennifer Scheurle, a multi-talented games designer working alongside AIE, one of the best educators for game development in Australia. Throughout the three-hour course, we explored a range of techniques for developing and creating game ideas, ultimately leading to each of us pitching our games to the whole group, of which there were about 15 people. What struck me most was the enthusiasm of the younger kids taking part in the workshop, who had clear passion for the industry and their future in games design. Their excitement had me thinking – what future are we leaving for budding games designs, and are we doing enough for the industry?... Continue Reading

Review: With the PLAYBASE, Sonos prove that by staying a step behind, you can end up two steps in front

Sonos have never seen themselves as leaders in “doing things first”, rather, as the kings of “doing things right”. They seem to live by an adage of the past: the idea that a company can exist on key products – not a slate of “let’s see what sticks and what fails” merchandise – that are built to last, not fail within three years.... Continue Reading

That time we made a music video using nothing but an iPhone 6S Plus and its slow-motion features

Back in December, for the music video competition Captured Australia, one of the participating film makers dropped out rather last minute. I was the man behind the competition, and the artist he was paired with – WA musician Gryff – was one of my favourite entrants. I really wanted to see him stay a part of the project. So, I had an idea – why not work together and do a video anyway, listing Gryff himself (real name Wade Mustoe) as the Director and myself as the cinematographer. And though we had some decent camera equipment on hand – why don’t we do it all on the new iPhone?... Continue Reading

Once you upgrade to the iPhone 6s Plus, can you go back to the smaller model?

Relatively speaking, I used the iPhone 4s (still Apple’s highest selling model and one they continued to produce until September 2014) for a long, long time; getting my hands on the product on its release in October 2011, and keeping it going until the latest 6s models were released some four years later. Along the way I skipped three generations of the iPhone series, and watched as those around me enjoyed the latest features and superior battery life and power.... Continue Reading