Announcing Parallels: Freeplay’s 2017 Showcase!

Announcing Parallels: Freeplay’s 2017 Showcase!

We’re excited to announce that Parallels is back this year and is officially part of Melbourne International Games Week! From the artsy, to the weird, to the provocative, to the punk. For over ten years, Freeplay Independent Games Festival has been exploring these vital margins of games culture in Melbourne and Australia, from bedroom coders, to artists exploring the possibilities of games, to game culture’s punk rockers and agitators. Parallels highlights some of the most intriguing, experimental, unique, and alternative games being made at the fringes of Melbourne and Australia’s independent games scene today. We are now a month away from our 2017 Parallels showcase! Come and watch as local designers demonstrate and play their creations live on stage, and discuss their influences and creative passions. Discover new games and game makers, and find out what makes them tick. We would love for you to join us on a journey to reveal the artistry and talent of Australia’s independent game makers. We have a very exciting lineup of games, including Wayward Strand by Ghost Pattern, Totem Teller by Grinning Pickle, and Action Loop by PlayReactive. We can’t wait to share it all with you! Check #Parallels17 on Twitter for our reveals. We’re very proud to have worked with Sydney-based Teja Godson on our Parallels visual branding. Teja did a fantastic job, and was an absolute pleasure to work with. We’d love for you to check out her work! Please book your tickets online, you don’t need to print them. Seats are limited so book soon! We have an early bird discount if you’re booking for two. Doors open at 6:45PM for a...

Ticketing F.A.Q.

Freeplay has had a huge overhaul this year in terms of what we’re offering, so in the last few weeks before the festival we thought we’d let you all know about how ticketing and access to each event works. Frequently Asked Questions Q: A lot of Freeplay is free this year, isn’t it? A: Yes! As you can see from the chart above, a huge amount of this year’s festival is free. That said, a lot of our events take place at venues with limited capacity. In the case of the GameLoading screening and the Level Up event at the Wheeler Centre, you’ll need to reserve a place in advance in order to get in. You can do that by following the links on each event’s page here on the Freeplay site. Other events with limited capacity, like the Freeplay Launch, the Multiplicity Jam Public Talks, and the very popular Hovergarden Party operate on a first-come-first-served basis. Q: I heard Freeplay was sold out! I really wanted to come, how do I get in? A: Well, we’ve sold out of full passes, but as you can see from the chart above, you can still come to the vast majority of the festival. You can still buy tickets to the Symposium—which is the 2015 event most similar to previous year’s Freeplay events, with a keynote address and panels (if you’re coming to Freeplay at all, you’ll want to be at the Symposium). You can also still buy tickets to our Awards party, which is also our end-of-Freeplay celebration event. Q: I really wanted to get into the Freeplay 10 event...

Parallels wrap-up

If you missed our incredible 2014 Parallels event, the full video is available above. And, if you’re looking for a recommendation, here’s what the media said: The Age/Sydney Morning Herald: “Freeplay, Australia’s premier indie games festival, gets a shake-up.” Daily Review/Crikey: “These are the 12 reasons we should be excited about the future of the Australian video games industry.” IGN: “These are games that we think deserve some recognition for their big ideas … we still certainly hope to see more from these talented developers in future.” Kill Your Darlings: “incredible videogames-in-progress” Develop: “As the first of the new format events for Freeplay, it was a good start and a sold-out...

Approaching Parallels

We’re just under two weeks out from Parallels, our Showcase and Playday at ACMI on the 18th of October, and we’re incredibly excited. We’ve got a lot in store for you. To get a preview, head on over to our brand new Freeplay Tumblr, we’re we’ve been giving a sneak peak of some of the games we’ll be featuring in the Showcase. To buy tickets to the Showcase (the Playday is free), head to the ACMI website. If any journalists want to come along, send us an email at media [at] freeplay.net.au and we’ll organise a press pass for you. See you all on the...