Freeplay announces 2021 Parallels showcase lineup: a celebration of personal games

Freeplay's Parallels showcase is an annual celebration of heartfelt games and the people who make them. The 2021 lineup is here.
Billy Dent will discuss their game Monomyth at Freeplay's 2021 Parallels showcase

The premise of Freeplay’s Parallels showcase is simple: short talks; heartfelt games. The event showcases personal talks by developers about their creative journeys. Curator Chad Toprak described it as ‘a one night-only curated showcase of some of the most experimental, personal, and culturally significant work being made in Australia and beyond.’

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This digital event will stream live as part of Melbourne International Games Week on> 7 October at 7pm on Youtube, as well as through the Freeplay ZONE, a unique digital meeting space designed by Jae Stuart and Cécile Richard for Freeplay Festival.

The Freeplay ZONE gives digital event attendees a place to hang out, play games, and watch events in the Screening room. Image: Freeplay ZONE

The Parallels 2021 trailer reveals tantalising snippets, including Dana Kay’s A Long Goodbye, which won the Freeplay Award for Best Narrative this year, Massive Monster’s highly anticipated Cult of the Lamb, recently announced by Devolver Digital, and Gwendelyn Foster on Chikon Club’s Soup Pot, which was just announced at Day of the Devs.


Parallels is a much-beloved staple of Melbourne’s independent game development scene, collecting an eclectic mix of personal developer perspectives on games that range from experiment to commercial, physical to digital, in-progress, widely released, lighthearted and heartbreaking. Previous events have included House House discussing an early version of Untitled Goose Game, Grace Bruxner on Frog Detective, Best Friend Forever Creative Director Lucy Morris on her highly personal non-commercial game, Acrylic.


The full lineup for Parallels 2021:

  • A Long Goodbye – Dana McKay
  • Monomyth – Billy Dent
  • Blueberry – Mel Taylor (Mellow Games)
  • An Altogether Different River – Aaron Lim
  • Soup Pot – Gwendelyn Foster (Chikon Club)
  • Where the Snow Settles – Alisha Stone (Myriad Games Studio)
  • Cult of the Lamb – Julian Wilton (Massive Monster)

Parallels 2021 will stream live on 7 October at 7pm via Youtube. Tickets are now available.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob