The Page: June Meetup

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The Page is a back again, with another meet-up event in Perth for writers, narrative designers and creatives interested in games and digital storytelling. The theme for this month’s meetup is “Normal”, so what is normal anyway?

Normality in games means something completely different than normality anywhere else. In a media form saturated in heroics and grand scale derring-do, what does it mean to Press A to brush your teeth?

Let’s talk about how games handle mundanity of everyday life, and what constitutes normality in game worlds. Are we over-saturated with magic and spaceships? What happens when a game embraces mundanity, like Gone Home or Firewatch?

What: The Page – June Meetup
When: Saturday, 25 June. Starting 1pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE!

For more details, head on over to the June Meetup event page.
You can also stay up to date with their plans and all things narrative via their main Facebook page.

IGDA Webinar Wednesday: Contemporary Issues in Game Design

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The International Game Developers Association runs regular handy talks for game developers by game developers. In next week’s #WebinarWednesday on Contemporary Issues in Game Design, WA-based game-maker Matthew Dyet of Citrus Shark will be sharing his experiences of making serious games.

Serious Games Don’t Need To be Serious

Serious Games have a reputation for being boring word dumps ending in a questionnaire asking what you learned. Our games fluctuate between trying to teach too much and being very little fun, or being great fun and teaching too little. In this talk, we’ll find a happy medium between education and fun, examine how a local West Australian company has remained successful by making fun learning experiences, and provide a solid argument for not being so serious about our serious games.

What: Serious Games Don’t Need To be Serious Webinar
When: Thursday, 30th June, 2016. 8am – 10am
Where: ~coming to you via your computer~
Registration: Free via IGDA

Other talks in the series include “The Presence and Absence of Chronic Health Conditions in Videogames” and “A Biologist’s Perspective on Creativity – and Science – in Game Design”. For all the details, head on over to the webinar event page on IGDA’s site.

Playup Perth Friday: Last Night at SK Special Edition

Playup at SK Games - The End of an Era

Never been to one of FTI’Playup Perth event at SK Games? Or have you been to a Playup before and enjoyed your time? Well either way, this is your last chance to join the fun at everybody’s favourite game dev venue! Yes it’s the end of an era, with SK Games hosting its final Playup Perth next month (but fear not, more details on Playup Perth’s new location below!).

The first Playup held at SK was way back in September 2014, and since then it has become a much loved event location for local devs and players alike. We’ll be saying a warm, snuggly and slightly sad goodbye to our friends at SK, who have adventured on to Melbourne. This is of course not the end of Playup Perth though, as this excellent event will be back again next month at the wonderfully caffeinated venue that is Carpe Coffee.

What: Playup Perth Friday: Last Night at SK Special Edition
When: Friday, 1st July, 6pm til late
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an 18+ event

Featured Games

You can check out screenshots for these games below. The full line up for the night has yet to be announced though, so remember to check the Playup Perth website to stay up to date on all Playup related news.

Want to test your games at Playup Perth?

There’s still time! Simply fill out the Playup Perth form here.

Starlost Screenshot Vectonic Screenshot Rogue Blitz
Final Days Screenshot  HyperDash Heroes Screenshot

Sidestep swoops onto Android for Free

Sidestep on Android

Viron Software are hitting the retro vibe with their first game release, the quick and chaotic Android title called Sidestep. All you need to do is direct your triangular little ship left and right to avoid an onslaught of other shapes in space.

Some of the features of this one are:

– Includes never-ending levels.
– Compete against your friends on worldwide leader-boards.
– Obtain over 60 in-game achievements.
– Contains over 25 unique levels.
– Features three different game modes.
– Gradually increased difficulty to suit any player.
– Constant updates to include new levels.

It’s fast-paced, fun and available for free right now. So to swoop in for some side-swiping fun, simply shoot on over on Google Play.

Coworking Night with Level One

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Have you heard the word?
FTI‘s game-focussed coworking space Level One is now running evening coworking sessions every second Thursday. So now there are even more opportunities for you to catch up with other local game-makers and well, make games!

What: Level One In the Night #2
When: Thursday, 23 June. 5pm – 8.30pm.
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: Entry by donation*

*Extra notes: Suitable donations include: Drinks, snacks, Pizza, Gold coins for the SK beer fund, Really cool zines, Hardcopies of your rad game.

For all the details on the Level One plans, check out the event on facebook, as well as their main website. And of course, be sure to visit the Level One coworking space (be it in the evening or during the week) to work on your games and chat with fellow developers.

Wanda – A Beautiful Apocalypse now on PC

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Don’t wander the wastelands alone; Kodot Games have a pair of pleasant robots ready to keep you company, if you can find them. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, the post-apocalyptic Wanda is out now!

Wanda is a story-focused game but completely free of comprehensible dialogue. The entire story is told through the subtle interactions between the two robots and the environment itself in a “show, don’t tell” style.

Join this little adventure, solve mini-puzzles and witness the story unfold. Experience a whole new perspective of a post apocalyptic world through art-style reminiscent of a children’s book and delightful soundtracks.

Head on over to Steam or itch.io* now to join the little bots on their big adventure. You can also experience the lovely sounds of the apocalypse (no, really!) with the Wanda Original Sounds Track over on Soundcloud.

*Bonus: Wanda is 20% off over on itchio until June 19, 2016.  

The Incidence, Coincidences and Apple TV

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Retro-styled dodging game The Incident has been entertaining on iOS since 2010, but it still full of surprises. Developers Big Bucket Software have now brought the title to Apple TV, and expanded it to include ‘Coincidents’ mode so up to 4-Player can jump in.

Run, dodge and jump your way to safety as an angry rain of just about everything in the world falls and builds a mountain of platforms for you to climb up, up… up to the source of it all: the cause of THE INCIDENT.

You can start investigating The Incident over on iTunes now; to get playing on Apple TV, ready your Siri Remote, MFi compatible controller, or devices with the iOS version of the app and start dodging!


(The Incident multiplayer video with thanks to App Advice.com)

Volatiles Explodes onto Android for Free

Volatiles - Explosive Slide Puzzle

Sliding onto the scene in a fiery blaze of colourful squares, Volatiles is the latest game from Mandurah-based studio Apex Creative (aka errordevseven). This is the fourth title released by the diligent dev team this year, with a new style of puzzles to pique your interest and challenges to charm you.

Volatiles is a slide puzzle like no other. You have control of fire, TNT, wood and water tiles. You must destroy all rocks with TNT by sliding the tiles into position. Be careful – these tiles react with each other and one wrong move might ruin your game!

You can get tapping in Volatiles for free now by heading on over to Google Play. Be sure to check out the studio’s other games as well, including the likes of HexasmashQuadrant and Laserbreak 2.

Little Alien MOK lands on Android for Free

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Blasting off with their first game, 42 Bytes has recently released MOK on Android. It will catch your eye with its simple but stylish graphics, and keep you playing with some solid spaceship gameplay.

Help little alien MOK control a fragile spaceship in a game about exploring hand-drawn planets and picking up stranded friends. Be quick but careful as you tap your way through sketchy caverns, putting your skills to the test and collecting extra terrestrial travellers along the way.

Join MOK in his mission to aid his alien friends by flying on over to Google Play. Don’t have an Android phone?  Stay tuned because MOK is also set to land on iOS and itch.io in the not too-distant future.

The Page: Talking Narrative in Games

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The Page is a monthly meet-up event in Perth for game writers, narrative designers, creatives and anyone interested in the stories of games. Coordinated by local game designer and writer Anthony Sweet, it’s a chance to talk all things narrative, from writing techniques through to the tales in games you love.

What: The Page – May Meetup
When: Saturday, 21 May. Starting 1pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE!

For more information, head on over to the May Meetup event page. You can also stay up to date with their catchup plans, not to mention tune in to all things narrative, over on their main Facebook page.