Satellite Reign, the recently released spiritual successor to Syndicate, has a little bit of an #auspol Easter egg in its credits. Specifically, throwing no small amount of shade at our current government.
The below image, which appears in the game's credits, refers to the rapidly revoked Interactive Games Fund, cut just 12 months after it started, and just as the industry was starting to see its results.
Without that government boost, the industry will grow more slowly and less options will be available — and not everyone has the veteran status and nostalgia-inducing brand power to run the most successful local Kickstarter campaign we've ever seen.
It's an easy jab to make. The current government's decision to put a red line through Australian games funding is resoundingly understood as backward and frivolous, and each successful release after the cuts were a reminder of the poor decision. Of the $20 million given to game startups, a certain amount was due to be paid back to the government, and there are several examples of jobs being created and critically acclaimed games being made with the funds.
Given the nature of the game, I wouldn't be surprised if it also contained one or two Easter eggs about our new surveillance policies.
At this moment, there is an inquiry into what the government should be doing to support the local games industry, closing September 18th. Although there was a recent concern over there only being one submission so far, that's jumping the gun a little — several organisations such as the IGDA are drafting their own submissions and templates.
You can submit your own here.