Is there something you want to see happen in the WA Games Space?

A photograph oh a room filled with game developers from Western Australia, taken following the Perth Games Festival

Let’s Make Games Wants YOU!

Let’s Make Games is currently looking for new members to fill key posts within the organisation. From the Operational Team (where you can make things happen like meetups, news articles and such), to the Committee (shaping the direction of the organisation), and most notably the Chairperson (keeping LMG organised & on track).

Whether you are passionate about making games of all types (video games, board games, pen’n’paper games and more!), or are just the kind of person who wants to use your skills to support others in the game-making space, WE WANT YOU!

Help guide the vision of the non-profit body that’s dedicated to helping local Game Devs (in all their guises) get the most out of their industry. Let’s Make Games is a volunteer, industry-targeted group built up of enthusiastic figures from within the Perth games ‘scene’ and we would love to see more people from across WA join us in sharing what our state has to offer. We are inclusive and non-discriminatory; if you would like to get involved but require additional support to do so or have any related queries, we are more than happy to assist.

Join us! Ask us how! Simply get in contact with Jess from the Operational Team via to find out more, or to raise your hand to get involved in the local community through LMG.

A large group photograph of the volunteers and organisers of the 2017 Perth Games Festival! URL links to larger version of image on Flickr, which can be downloaded free.

You too can be super awesome like these volunteers from the 2017 Perth Games Festival! What kind of events or initiatives do YOU want to see happen?

Job Opportunity: Platform Engineer

A military commander looks out the window of a space vessel, watching as a smaller craft explodesStudio logo: Black Lab Games

Black Lab Games, WA’s premier strategy game studio, are on the look out for a Platform Engineer. If you want to join a great team of developers, check out the details from the studio below. Application close Thursday, May 31st!

“We are a Perth-based game developer that specialises in strategy games. In 2017, we partnered with UK publisher Slitherine Games and Universal Studios to release “Battlestar Galactica Deadlock” on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Unity programmer to join our team. The initial contract is for 6 months, with the potential for extension. You will be responsible for creating and maintaining all aspects the non-PC versions of existing and unannounced games.

This is an on-site role in our studio in the Perth northern suburbs.”

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the games run at their absolute best on current generation console platforms
  • Manage the task of porting games to new platforms
  • Develop tools and technology to assist design and QA team implement gameplay features
  • Enhance and add features to existing game systems
  • Collaborate with other engineers and developers, and abide by teams standards and best practices

Assets:

  • Experience developing games or software with the Unity3D game engine
  • Experience working with non-PC devices, such as embedded systems or mobile devices
  • Double bonus points if you’ve worked with a current generation console!
  • Either a BS in Computer Science, or equivalent experience.

 

If this sounds like your kind of gig, be sure to send your resume to the Black Labs via jobs [AT] blacklabgames.com.au before May 31, 2018. Good luck soldier!

Free Game Dev Coworking Space

A television mounted to the wall, with the text "loading.space" with an image of a progress bar filling up beneath it. URL links to game dev coworking space facebook page

Introducing Loading Space!

Let’s Make Games are returning in 2018 with an exciting co-working hub known as LOADING SPACE! This weekly event means everyone can get together, work on cool stuff, and just generally enjoy being a developer in Perth.

What: Loading Space Coworking Thursday
Who: Any and all game-makers (devs, hobbyists, students & more!)
When: Thurs, 10am – 9:30pm (All ages welcome, but 18+ from 6:30pm)
Where: 48 Lake St, Northbridge
Cost: Free!!

For updates, join the Loading Space Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

What do I need to bring?

If you want to join us just bring what you need to work on, be it tech or analog (pen and paper is still awesome).  Let us know if you need a loaner laptop or PC as we do have some limited capacity there.

Loading Space is operated by Let’s Make Games and powered by Stirfire Studios.  We are able to run this initiative thanks to a group of dedicated and reasonably cool volunteers. We will be looking to grow this space over time, so if you’re a developer or studio interested in seeking a long-term work space solution, email the group at  loading.space@letsmakegames.org

Perth band release their second music video game, Bones Burial Service

A top-down game screenshot, a man holds a shovel and stands over a hole in the dirt with a rolled up carpet in it.

Perth punk band Furniture are at in again, having released a new ‘music video game’ to accompany their EP Sorry bout the Mess” Following on from their first light-hearted title Derek’s Gonna Make it Rain, Bones Burial Service takes a sinister turn and tasks you with some criminal level discarding.

“Furniture’s Bone Disposal Service, is darker in tone, pitting the player and a ute tray full of bodies against security guards, the Australian bush and a ticking clock, while the vocals howl over the song’s frenetic refrain: I’m breaking / my bodies got a lot of bones.”

Bones Burial Service is out now for free on Android. You can also check out Furniture’s official EP announcement here or head on over to BandCamp to catch their tunes.

Play games that were made in just one weekend at After the Jam!

Global Game Jam 2018 went off amazingly well with the theme of “Transmission,” making for great collection of interesting games. 80 jammers created over 30 games across one weekend (which you can check out here), but alas we did not get time to play each other’s games after the event!  Therefore Let’s Make Games shall once again be having an annual “After the Jam” event, where everyone is invited to come enjoy this eclectic mix of creative games made super quickly.

Global Game Jam Perth: After the Jam!

  • Where: Nostalgia Box, 3 18/16 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6000
  • When: 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 10th February
  • Tickets: Free for Jammers, $10 for everyone else via Eventbrite.
  • RSVP: via the Facebook Event
  • Please note: This will be a alcohol free event.

Without the assistance of our sponsors, SAE Institute Perth and The Nostalgia Box, Let’s Make Games could not have had this years’ global game jam at all. A special thanks also goes to the very kind people at Pixel Sift who wrote up an article about the jammers, and Gamecloud who sent serial jammer Nick Ballantyne to jam with us and tell everyone how it all went down.

We hope to see everyone at After the Jam!

Job Opportunity: QA Tester

Studio logo: Black Lab Games

Black Lab Games, the Perth studio behind Battlestar Galactica Deadlock and Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, are on the look out for a Quality Assurance Tester to join their team. Late January they put a call out for expressions of interest for the role, so if you think you’re up to the challenge get your application in asap!

Details below straight from the studio…

 

“If you enjoy breaking games – and helping put them back together in better shape – and want to work with a team with a proven track record of success, we’d like to hear from you!

Here’s what you’ll be doing:
  • Test new and existing game features, and assist the development team with resolving bugs and improving the user experience.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of QA testing plans
  • Be an advocate for quality, ensuring the best experience for players
Ideally, you will:
  • Be able to communicate well with programmers and designers in a small team environment
  • Have a logical and thorough approach to problem solving
  • Have past professional experience as a software tester.
  • Have a deep familiarity with games and gaming conventions on multiple platforms
Bonus Points:
  • You’ll also be a fan of strategy games (or at least have an understanding of the genre).

We are looking for someone to join on a part time basis initially, with the possibility to extend to a full time role in the future. The role is based in our studio in the Perth northern suburbs.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

If this sounds like your thing, please send your expression of interest and CV to jobs [AT] blacklabgames.com.au “

Job Opportunity: 3D Artist

Main Title: "3D Artist". Top right, St John Ambulance logo. Top left, text "Change Lives".

Join the St John Ambulance team as a 3D Artist, and put your modelling, rigging and/or animating skills towards creating engaging digital and VR experiences. If you are a Perth-based developer familiar with 3DS Max and Unity, we encourage you to apply for this position!

What you’ll do:

  • Create high quality 3D assets with varying level of detail for game experiences
  • Design 2D art assets required for amazing digital experiences
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively within an fast-paced and innovative development team”

Applications close Midnight, Friday 26th of January 2018. For full details visit the position advertisement via Seek.com.au, and if you have any questions you can email or call 1800 086 751.

Global Game Jam Hits Perth for 2018

#GGJPerth (Global Game Jam Perth) at SAE Institute, Northbridge

Signup to the 2018 Global Game Jam site in Northbridge, to join us for a full weekend of making games! No experience necessary, and you can work with folks you know or team up with new friends. Brought to you by Let’s Make Games and SAE Institute Perth!

What kind of game can you make in 48 hours (give or take) of crafting, creating, testing and enjoying game development with like minded colleagues and friends?  Come join us and find out! Either grab a team of people you know, or make some new friends on the day; listen to the opening keynote, note the theme and get to work!  You’ll have until Sunday afternoon to create one or more games surrounding the theme.  All rules are off (unless you like rules) and you can create anything from tabletop, analog, experimental, physical, AR and of course video game wise.  Your imagination and sleep are the only restrictions!

  • Where: SAE Institute Perth, 116-120 Roe St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • When: From 3pm Friday January 26, through to 7pm Sunday January 28.
  • Cost: $15 a ticket to help cover costs.
  • Signup: Get started at the Global Game Jam Website.

How does it work?

Everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then the secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

As per always, we will have plenty of space for you to bring your laptop or desktop to hook up and jam away. You can order food with us when you sign up, and there will also be eating spaces, room to sleep, and on-site security.

What do I bring?

  • Computer(s)/laptop(s)
  • Art tools
  • Software tools and APIs
  • Snack food and drinks (water!) [limited snacks provided]
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Various changes in clothes
  • Anything required for sleeping arrangements

For More Details…

More information can be found on our Global Game Jam page, however if you have any specific questions please contact

40 Under 40 People’s Choice: Vote Now!

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Cast your vote in this year’s 40 Under 40 People’s Choice, and show the business work what game-makers have to offer! Two prolific Perth developers are included in this year’s listing, Dr Kate Raynes-Golide and Vee Pendergrast, who you may remember from such awards as MCV Pacific’s Game Changers.

As this is the People’s Choice, it is the nominations of individuals such as yourself that affects the final outcome; so read up on the developer profiles below to see why they are such great business folk, then SUBMIT YOUR VOTE before 5pm, Fri 12 January! The winner will be announced at the 2018 40 Under 40 Gala Awards on Wed, 7 March 2018.

Vee Pendergrast Stirfire Studios CEO

Photograph of Vee Pendergrast. URL links to larger image version.

“After sixteen years in mobile telecommunications, Vee Pendergrast made the leap in 2016 to pursue a fulltime career in videogame and VR development. She had co-founded Stirfire Studios in 2010 and has gradually grown the business to the bustling studio it is now and was instrumental in the launch of its titles Freedom Fall, and Symphony of the Machine.

Named as one of MCV Pacific’s Top 30 Women in Games in 2017, Vee brought the company to its attempt at an IPO in July 2017, which is a rarity for Australian videogame companies. Vee’s ambition is to keep the company producing qualities titles and growing their portfolio of internal IPs and services work.”

 

Kate Raynes-Goldie, Playup Perth Founder & Director

Photograph of Kate Raynes-Goldie. URL links to larger image version.

“As a leader of change and innovation, my career has been characterized by a willingness to step into unknown situations and take risks to accomplish what others don’t see as possible. Over the past 4 years, I have advocated for the WA games and creative innovation sector, part of a $150bn global industry.

My leadership has resulted in increased cohesion and professionalization of the sector, bringing jobs and opportunities to WA. As a result of my work, the WA Government included the sector in its New Industries Fund election announcement. As the Director of Playup Perth, my goal is to see WA producing 20% of Australian games by 2020, up from today’s 7%.My goal for the next 5 years is to enable young people to thrive in the future of work. To accomplish this, I have recently launched the Future Human Academy, and its pilot program, Future Ready Teens.”

Header image via 40Under40.

Full Perth Games Festival Wrap Up for 2017

A young boy in the foreground wears a virtual reality headset and is punching his arm forwards. In the background is a crowd of people playing computer games at the Perth Town Hall.

Once again the Perth Games Festival has been and gone, thanks to the involvement of great local developers, brilliant volunteers, and the WA game-making community. As the year comes to a close and you take a break to spend time with family (and perhaps play some of those games on your backlog), look back with us at the big event that was the 2017 Festival.

Get ready to find yourself in the photos, assess all the hubbub in the timelapse and showfloor videos, listen in to podcasts from the day, and prepare yourself for a whole new year of making and playing games in Western Australia!

Interviews with the Game-Makers  Logo: GameCloud. Url links to gamecloud website.

Perth-based games news site GameCloud have once again taken the time to get to know every exhibitor at the festival. You can read their 2017 Festival Report, plus the full coverage of interviews with the all game developers.

Find out how releasing free episodes affects development for a game like The Adventures of Squarewhat are the challenges of making a fandom-based game like The Coins of McGuffin TCG; and how do you make custom physical controls for a virtual game like Pinball VR+!

 

Photos

Here’s a small selection of the fun-filled Festival photos. Be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab copies of your pics), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album and send them to your mates.

 

Podcasts

A number of lovely local purveyors of game-related podcast joined us on the day, both on the main stage and wandering the show floor. Listen in as they talk about the event, and give you some insight into games to watch out for!

 

Timelapse

And of course we once again have the full Festival experience for you, in the form of the 2017 Timelapse below. Don’t blink, or you may miss seeing yourself zoom past!

 

Special Thanks

The Perth Games Festival is a free, volunteer-run event that simply would not be possible without the support of the Western Australian community. Let’s Make Games would like to say THANK YOU to all the Volunteers who step up to help make this event a reality, as well as the Festival Committee who spend their free time planning the event each year!! Remember if you are interested in making-games and working with the local gaming industry, be sure to join our facebook discussion group!

A large group photograph of the volunteers and organisers of the 2017 Perth Games Festival! URL links to larger version of image on Flickr, which can be downloaded free.

Thank you Festival Volunteers!

 

We would also like to once again recognise the contribution of the amazing 2017 Festival Sponsors and supportive organisations, whose backing mean that Western Australian game-makers get the opportunity to show their works to the wider community, and take their projects to the next level.

 

Logo: City of Perth. Url links to City of Perth websitesText Logo: Binary Space. URL links to Binary Space website.

Logo: SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute. URL links to SAE main website.  Logo: Murdoch University. URL links to main Murdoch' Game Arts & Design webpage

Logo: Stirfire Studios. Url links to Stirfire main website.  Logo: Microsoft. Url links to Microsoft Australia's website.