Based in Melbourne, Australia
Press / Business contact:
PO Box 2081
Oakleigh, VIC 3166
Volnaiskra is Dave Bleja, a solo independent developer based in Melbourne Australia. After over 10 years working as an animator, illustrator, multimedia developer and exhibition designer, Dave quit his job in 2014 to pursue a long held dream of being a game developer.
HistoryMultimedia and Digital Art
Dave Bleja holds a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Digital Arts, and has worked in the creative digital field for over a decade. He's worked as an animator, illustrator, multimedia developer and exhibition designer for film festivals, NGOs, and one of the largest museums in Australia. His work is characterised by an outside-the-box spirit and plentiful aesthetic detail.
In 2006, Bleja designed and developed the CO2 simulation breathingearth.net, which gained considerable international media attention - including at the BBC, A German youth radio station, and a Canadian science museum. Almost a decade later, there's still nothing on the internet quite like it.PC Gaming
Bleja has been gaming since the early 80s, and has been passionate about PC gaming since he got a 386-SX in 1991. His gaming PC today is an overclocked triple-GPU beast. He also manages the PC tips and tweaks site VolnaPC.com.
Spryke is Volnaiskra’s first commercial game and is heavily inspired by Dave’s love of brutal and precise platforming games such as Super Meat Boy, as well as the exuberant aesthetic of games like Rayman Legends.Worldview
Dave has a strong sense of social justice and trying to make a positive impact on the world. Born in Communist Poland, Dave’s family fled the country for Austria in 1981 as refugees and then migrated to Australia. His experience as a refugee and immigrssant have impressed upon Dave the importance of the right to seek freedom and dignity. This worldview has informed all of his work, with Spryke no exception.
Dave lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter. He has very little social life and barely any life savings left, because he spends almost all his time working on Spryke.
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