Sydney game developers are getting weird, despite the risks

At SXSW Sydney 2023, local Sydney game developers discussed why weird games are so important, and why they persist in spite of risk.
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Games should be weirder. They should challenge you, and amuse you, and confuse you. They should send you on strange odysseys, into dark worlds, or on journeys filled with strange beasts. In weird games, we can see the boundlessness of creativity, and insights into the human condition. They’re often reflective of individual, personal experiences and passions, and tell stories that connect on deeper levels. In Sydney, Australia – and across the country – a movement of strange games is taking place, with developers diving into weirder and wilder territory to tell impactful stories.

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Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.