Writing for Games and Interactive Course, plus Scholarship Opportunity for Women

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Let’s Make Games is proud to announce the Writing for Games Scholarship for Women! One successful applicant will receive a fully-paid ticket to FTI’s upcoming Writing for Games & Interactive Course. The course is being taught by Anthony Sweet (owner of Handwritten Games, lead designer at Black Lab Games), and will run every Wednesday evening for six weeks.

What: Writing for Games and Interactive Course
When: Wed 15th Feb- Wed 22nd March (6 week course)
Where:  48 Lake Street, Northbridge
Standard Costs: $180 Members | $230 General Admission

What does the course cover?

This course includes practical hands-on course material and feedback sessions that will get you started on your road to writing interactive stories. You will also learn tools and processes used for writing and making games, including an introduction to Twine, the open-source program for creating interactive stories. By the end of the course, students will have learned the skills required to develop their own interactive fiction game in Twine, ready to playtest and publish to the internet.

Full details are available from the FTI page. There are still spaces available for the course, whether you wish to apply for the scholarship or are keen to take it on solo.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship comes as a measure to help address the gender imbalances present in the global industry, and to help foster a welcoming environment for everyone in our local community.

Applications can be made via this Google Docs form.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Monday, February 13th.

Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Special

Playup Perth: GGJ Edition

Curious about what kinds of games can be made in just one weekend? Come find out by playing them at the next Playup Perth this Friday! A range of entertaining games on the theme of ‘waves’ will there for you to play, all made in just a few days by teams at our Global Game Jam site!

What: Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Edition
When: Friday, Febuary 3rd. 6pm till late.
Where:  The Nostalgia Box, 3/16 Aberdeen St, Perth
Cost: $7 (FTI members) / $10 (regular)
Tickets: Available Here

NOTE: This is an 18+ event as there will be discounted drinks for sale
Also, The Nostalgia Box is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Games that were recently developed at the Perth marathon of the Global Game Jam will be featured, including PC/Screen games that involve escaping from an abandoned facility (Cortex), fighting your way through the dark by shooting beams of light (Pulse), running a kitchen at a busy diner (Microwave-O-Rama) and a party monster summoned to bring sick waves to the beat of even sicker music (Call of Coolthulu: Makin Waves). And more! Check out the ENTIRE line-up of games available to be playtested HERE.

To keep up-to-date with playtest events for new and yet-to-be-released games, be sure to check out the Playup Perth website.

Last DriverZ rolls out on Android and iOS

Last Driver Z

Get behind the wheel and brush up on your apocalypse survival skills in 42 Byte‘s latest zombie-slaying mobile game Last DriverZ. It’s fast, free, and full of unwitting undead to entertain you.

Dive into the post-apocalyptic world of the DriverZ trying to make your way through beat up streets, threading through wreckages, running over zombies, and pillaging old warehouses and general stores trying to upgrade your vehicles and recruit more people for your group of survivors!

Check out the video below to get an idea of the gameplay you can expect. Then you can start your engines and survive the end of the world by grabbing Last DriverZ for Android or iOS.

Join us January 20-22, for Global Game Jam 2017 @ SAE Institute Perth

Global Game Jam 2017 at SAE Northbridge

It’s that time once again, where keen game-makers around the world get together for one glorious weekend of developing; Global Game Jam! Join us at SAE Institute Perth, and team up with folks you know or make new friends to get creative. Regardless of skill level, and whether you’re an artist, sound designer, programmer, animator, 3D modeller, designer, generalist, or any other form of passionate creator – rest assured you will be immersed in an excellent game development experience!

What: Global Game Jam 2017
When: 20th – 22nd January
Where: SAE Institute Perth, 116-120 Roe St, Northbridge WA 6003
Cost: $15

Sign Up: Register with Global Game Jam and complete LMG’s Sign Up Form.
Facebook: Get your updates here.

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

Into the Sky heads onto Google Play

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It’s puzzle-time once again, as Error Seven Dev have returned with Into the Sky on Android. Complete the puzzles by directing your little robot to push colourful laser cubes into the correct position. It may sound simple, but see if you can get through all 70 levels!

You’ll need to think ahead and use creativity to work out which objects to use, and where to use them. Starting out very simple, the puzzles become increasingly difficult and more complex. Multiple lasers, multiple targets, portals, mirrors, beam splitters and more will all be required.

Pass a level and be lifted up into the sky where you’ll be placed on the next level above. How high can you go?

So get your robot buddy ready, and reach Into the Sky for free on Google Play.

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Arcane out now for HTC Vive

Arcane out now on HTC Vive

Start the New Year off on the right foot by stepping into Offpeak Games‘ latest VR title Arcane, out now on Steam. Created by the same team that brought you Valiant, all you have to do is choose your weapon and get ready to fight!

You have arrived on a small island with nothing but a stack of magical weapons. A local warlock has been summoning elementals and causing chaos. You’re here to fight and brawl your way to the top of the island, restoring peace to this arcane battleground.

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So get your head in the game, ready your weapons, and prepare to take on waves of otherworldly foes! But first… visit their Steam page to get your copy of Arcane~

Scitech’s Dome Dash out now, with Bonus Kids Competition and Prizes

Scitech's Dome Dash

Scitech have a new online game called Dome Dash, which combines high-tech gear and old-world dinosaurs in a race to the finish. Created by local developer Titanium Studios, this one is fun, free to play, and there are special prizes for getting a highscore!

Dinosaurs have escaped from Scitech and are rampaging through the streets of Perth! The race is on to get back to Scitech without being attacked by the ferocious dinosaurs.Use cool technology to avoid the dinosaurs, collect speed boosts, run faster and jump higher back to safety.

Play multiple times, but only your fastest time will count towards winning great prizes!

The Competition:

Get the highscore and win! Kids with the highest scores for their age group (5-7 years, 8-11 years, and 12-15 years) win a 3D Printed Figurine + Scitech Discovery Shop Science Pack + a special Dome Dash Badge. The competition is on now, with one prize draw in February and another in May.

Playing Dome Dash right now in your browser or on mobile via the App Store.

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It’s Party Time!

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 Nintendo Gameboy Pocket by Just Bens Photos  

It’s that time of year again, where Perth game-makers and aficionados can unite to catch up, relax and talk shop at the excellent End of Year Party! In 2016 we’re holding the event with the wonderful folks at FTI and The Nostalgia Box, so look forward to playing locally-made games and having a good time together.

THE PLAN:

Catching up with other developers is only part of the fun, as there will be be food, games, cheap drinks, and a whole lot of fun! There will even be a dev Kris Kringle (bring along a little $5 gift to give, and you too will be provided with a present).

What: End of Year Party!
When: Friday Dec 9th, 6pm till late
Where: The Nostalgia Box, Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10* Entry ($7 for FTI Members) via Eventbrite.

Extra Details: Spaces are limited, so get your tickets ASAP! Also please note that this is an 18+ Event.

*(Ticket prices go towards hiring the venue, but for devs unable to cover the cost of entry, please get in and we’ll ensure you are able to come along)

BONUS: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

We are keen to ensure that there’s food and fun for everyone on the night, but as a volunteer-run organisation we need your help. If you are a local studio or developer, this is a great opportunity to support the games community and have some fun; In return you get your logo shared with a special thanks on the night, plus through the LMG website and Playup Perth’s mailing list, and of course you will a ticket the party!

PLAYUP PERTH GAMES FOR THE NIGHT:

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Here’s a look at the local games you’ll get to play on the night. Special thanks to FTI’s Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie for her hard work behind the scenes coordinating the evening, and of course the devs who will be sharing their wares with us on the night.

Be sure to grab your tickets asap because space will be limited. We look forward to seeing you on the night and celebrating another year in the games industry together!

Asymmetrical card game Banishment slays on Kickstarter

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Dark Mirror Games are taking their demon-fighting card game to the world, with Banishment summoning a Kickstarter campaign and swiftly destroying its target. Created by the minds behind the Dream of the Djinn RPG adventure, this entertaining exorcism simulation saw the light of day at the 2016 Perth Games Festival and proved to be a bewitching experience.

An asymmetrical, semi-cooperative card game about exorcism for 2-5 players. Embrace your dark side.
In Banishment, one player takes on the role of an accursed Demon, and the rest are Exorcists trying to banish them. This is a fast, highly interactive card game involving strategic thinking and eternal damnation.

If you’re a tabletop game kind of person, head on over to the Kickstarter page to get all the details and get everything you need to start exorcising demons!

Take a moment to Make 4

Make 4, by Apex Mobile

Apex Creative are back again with MAKE 4, a new puzzle game for quick moments of colourful fun. Great for when you have a spare second to play while you wait, but be careful not to get too caught up in the action~

MAKE 4 is an action packed new arcade puzzle game. Different coloured balls fall from random positions at the top of the screen. Swipe the balls to swap their order, get 4 of the same colour in a row or column to destroy them. Try and keep the board as empty as possible, because when the balls reach the top, it’s game over!

This latest piece of puzzling goodness is available for free right now on Android.

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