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PAX Panel: Shareware Downunder
22nd December 2022 • The Life & Times of Video Games • Richard Moss
00:00:00 01:08:57

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I was on a panel about shareware games at PAX Australia in October, with Halloween Harry / Alien Carnage co-creator John Passfield, indie developer and bookshop owner Terry Burdak, and ACMI games curator Arieh Offman. This is the full audio from that panel.

You can find a PDF of my slides from the panel at this Dropbox link. I've also got John's slides in PowerPoint format (so you can play the videos yourself) and Terry's in another PDF.

As for where to find us and the things we talked about:

  • My new book, Shareware Heroes: The renegades who redefined gaming at the dawn of the Internet, has a website here
  • You can find out more about John's past work at the Play It Again website and his personal site.
  • Terry's games studio and shop are located in Melbourne's inner north. You can check out their games and buy some things at
  • If you live in or are ever visiting Melbourne, be sure to visit ACMI and stop by the free Story of the Moving Image exhibition.
  • And you can find us all on social media. I'm @MossRC on Twitter and on the Fediverse (Mastodon et al); John is @JohnPassfield on Twitter and on the Fediverse; Terry is @PaperHouseGames on Twitter and Instagram; and Arieh is @OffmanArieh.
  • Special thanks to Helen Stuckey for conceiving and organising the panel

And here's the original panel description:

Remembering a time when the shareware demo ruled PC gaming, this panel discusses the impact and legacy of shareware on the local gaming landscape. Featuring author of "Shareware Heroes: The renegades who redefined gaming at the dawn of the Internet" Richard Moss, game designer John Passfield, whose Apogee-published game Halloween Harry / Alien Carnage (1993) topped the charts just before shareware legends id Software made it irrelevant with Doom, and shareware devotee in their youth, indie developer Terry Burdak (Paper House). Panel chaired by Arieh Offman, ACMI's Curator of Videogames for Play it Again: Preserving Australian videogame history of the 1990s project.