Melbourne International Games Week: Featuring UNITE, GCAP and PAX

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[UPDATE: A 10% Discount is available for the LMG and IGDA communities on GCAP tickets and bundles. Just send us an email to get the code!]

For some time now the end of October has marked the annual migration of the game developers; game-makers from across the country (and world) converge upon the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to partake in development discussions, networking and celebrations.

So iconic is this time that the Victorian State Government has officially declared it to be the Melbourne International Games Week! The official program for the inaugural Games Week was announced recently by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, and today the ticket prices have been revealed. It’s time to book your tickets, prep your games, and get ready for some great game-dev times!

UNITE MELBOURNE

The UNITE Conference is a one day intensive event that brings Unity engineers and game designers together to discuss the features and services in Unity 5, and find out how you can make the most of them.

What: Unity Conference
When: October 26, 2015
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Tickets: Early Bird $85.55, Students $57.37 via Eventbrite.
Group Discounts also available!

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⇒ GAME CONNECT ASIA PACIFIC

The Game Connect Asia Pacific Conference is an industry event that includes two days full of talks, panels, workshops and networking fun.

What: Game Connect Asia Pacific 2015
When: October 27 – 28, 2015
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Tickets: Early Bird $302.50, Students $192.50 via GCAP Website

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⇒ PAX AUSTRALIA

And finally, PAX AUS is a gaming culture and community convention that acts to round up an excellent week in gaming.

What: PAX AUS 2015
When: October 30 – November 1, 2015
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Tickets: 1-Day $60, 3-Day Badge $150 via the PAX Website

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There are also a number of other events on as part of the Melbourne International Games Week, including the STEM Video Games Challenge Awards, MegaDev 3, and the Education in Games Summit. For more information, simply head on over to the Official Games Week Website!

 

Get your Submissions in for the Game Dev Senate Committee Inquiry!

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In June this year Senator Scott Ludlam successfully proposed that a Senate Inquiry be held to discuss what the government could do to better support the Australian games industry. There is still time to have your voice heard in the Future of Australia’s video game development industry Inquiry.

The Environment and Communications References Committee is accepting submission of opinions and proposals in writing from individuals and organisations. You can read the submissions that have already made here, although currently this list stands at a grand total of ONE. So on that note, here are all the details so that you (yes you) can have your say on the matter:

What does a submission involve?

“A submission may be as short or as long as you like. It may contain facts, opinions, arguments or recommendations. It may cover all the points in the terms of reference or only some of them, depending on what interests you. Supporting documents may be attached.”

What is the topic of discussion?

The future of Australia’s video game dev industry, with particular reference to:

  1. how Australia can best set regulatory and taxation frameworks that will allow the local video game development industry to grow and fully meet its potential as a substantial employer,
  2. how Australia can attract video game companies to set up development operations in Australia and employ local staff,
  3. how export opportunities from Australia’s local video game industry can be maximised, and
  4. any other related matters.

How do I make a submission to a Senate Inquiry?

Everything you need to know about making a submission can be found right here on the Parliament of Australia website. Information includes recommendations on the most useful formats for a submission, and what to do if you would like your name to remain confidential.

When do submissions close?

The closing date for submissions is 18 September 2015. 

For more information, or to Make a Submission…

Visit the Future of Australia’s video game development industry page on the Parliament of Australia website. To have your opinions, arguements or recommendations heard, make your submission online here!

 

Special thanks to Georgia for spreading the word about the Inquiry!

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September Dates for Level One Co-working Space (Plus New Venue!)

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UPDATE: Level One is now at a new venue!

Co-working Dates for September:

This is FTI’s series of bi-weekly pop-up co-working days.

The space is open from 9:30 to 5:00 every second Thursday, and you are welcome to come for the whole day or just part of the day. WIFI, coffee and tea will be provided, and please bring some snacks to share. We also have 10 iMacs available if you don’t want to bring a laptop, as well as white boards and big flat screen tv.

Time: 9.30am-5pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Mr Nibbles Forever Out Now for Free

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Everyone has a dream, and for one little critter that dream is to go into outer space. Mr Nibbles Forever, developed by Michael Cann of Epic Shrimp, puts you in the paws of a hamster on a mission. It’s up to you to tilt, tap and guide Mr Nibbles on his big adventure beyond the stars.

Everyone’s favourite hamsternaut is back! Escape the cage, avoid spiders, collect nibbles and rocket to the moon! Help Mr Nibbles break out of his cage-prison and roam across the dangerous spider-infested backyard landscape before hopping in his handy rocket ship and blasting into space. Each stage contains unique graphics, backgrounds and sounds.

Mr Nibbles Forever is available on Android for free right now!
The little guy is also set to hit iOS very soon, so stay tuned~

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Get your Game in Playup Perth #8

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It’s not long until the next Playup Perth, where game developers and gamers get together to playtest the latest Perth games-in-progress. If you are a local game developer, there’s still time to get your game on the list of titles to be tested.

What: Playup Perth #8
When:
September 12, 2015
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

Extra Info: This is an all ages event, but kids aged 12 and under need to be accompanied by a guardian.

To find out more about the games already set to feature at event #8, or for more info on Playup Perth, head on over to their official website.

Cinéfest Panel: Improving the Engagement of Women in the Screen Industry

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The CinéfestOz Film Festival is will be hitting Busselton later this month, and one the events taking place is a panel on the topic of Women in the screen industry. This discussion, hosted by Women in Film, Television & Interactive WA is all about “How can we improve the engagement of women in the screen industry?

What: WiFTI WA Cinéfest Panel

When: Thursday 27th August, 2015
Time: 5pm – 5.30pm
Where: Busselton. Venue TBC
Cost: Free!

Extra Info: Don’t forget to stick around for social drinks afterwards~

Keep an eye on the Cinéfest event page for details on the Venue; and don’t forget to peruse the rest of the site for all the news on festival events.

ICWA Masterclass: Games Development and How to Enter the Market

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The Innovation Centre of WA’s aims to assist innovators and entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next level. Next month ICWA will be running a game-development Masterclass on breaking into the industry:

Featuring 3 industry experts, this masterclass will cover the two fast growing market segments of the games industry: mobile and indie. Using the latest data combined with local case studies, we’ll explain the business models, value chains and potential investment opportunities of each segment.

What: Masterclass – Games Development and How to Enter the Market
When:
Thursday, 10 September 2015
Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: Innovation Centre of WA, Enterprise Unit 3, 9 De Laeter Way Bentley
Tickets: Free, RSVP required via Eventbrite

Next Level One Co-Working Space

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Next Date for August:

This is FTI’s series of bi-weekly pop-up co-working days.

The space is open from 9:30 to 5:00 every second Thursday, and you are welcome to come for the whole day or just part of the day. WIFI, coffee and tea will be provided, and please bring some snacks to share. We also have 10 iMacs available if you don’t want to bring a laptop, as well as white boards and big flat screen tv.

Time: 9.30am-5pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, Level 1, State Library of WA Building
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Free Storytelling Workshop: The Hero’s Journey

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In stories told across the world (be they in games, books, on screen or otherwise) there are iconic elements that appear time and time again. The reluctant hero, the wise guide, the trials of an adventure and the triumphant return; these are all part of The Hero’s Journey, a common structure for tales of adventures, from Star Wars to Assassin’s Creed, Harry Potter to The Legend of Zelda.

FTI, together with the International Screen Academy, are offering a free 3-hour workshop on The Hero’s Journey for game designers, animators, film-makers and other creatives. Presented by screenwriter, director and producer Simon David Hunter, this accelerated intro course aims to provide insight on creating engaging plots and characters, while avoiding cliches.

What: The Hero’s Journey – Free Open Workshop
When: Thurs, 6 August. 6pm-9pm
Where: Theatre, State Library of WA, 25 Francis St Perth
Tickets: Free! RSVP required via Eventbrite

For more information on this workshop, head on over to the Eventbrite event page, or the FTI website (Please note: Event is now being held in the State Library Theatre, not the Training Lab).

Play Up Perth: After Dark #5

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It is time once again to go behind the scenes and check out some up-and-coming local games. Grab a drink, chat with developers, and play some new games and prototypes!

What: Playup Perth: After Dark #5
When: 
Friday 31st July, 2015
Time: 6pm till late
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

Extra Info: This event is 18+, so look forward to some cheap drinks and fun times.

There’s a whole bunch of games on offer this time around, the largest number for a Playup event so far in fact! So get ready to get your hands on Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, Time Chasers,  Robots Game, Rogue Blitz, Dwarven Topaz, Farter Surfer, Scavenge The Wastes, Ancient Guided Exploration, and Mr Nibbles Forever~

For more information head on over to the official Playup Perth page, or to register simply sign up over at Eventbrite.