Play Up Perth: After Dark #2

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PlayUp Perth is here once again, bringing you the latest in locally made games. This time hosted by the good folks of SK Games, this After Dark session gives you the opportunity to relax, enjoy a beer, and play some neat new games. As a bonus, there will also be two Oculus Rifts to try out! Granted, we do not know if it is better to use a Virtual Reality headset before or after imbibing alcohol, but what better time than this to beta test such a thing*.


What:
Playup Perth + SK Games: After Dark #2
When: 6pm til late, Friday 26 September, 2014
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge
Tickets: $7 for FTI members, $10 regular admission.
RSVP: via Eventbrite (Please note this is an 18+ Event)
The games on show for this After Dark edition are:

  • Valiant (Occulus Rift), by Offpeak Games
    A medieval team deathmatch game, where you are tasked with riding your horse and wielding your lance in an attempt to send your enemies flying.
  • Defender of the Wood (iOS), by Daragh Robert Wickham
    Show off your skills with the ol’ bow and arrow to impress the King and prove that you have what it takes to defend the forests.
  • Into the Pie (tabletop) by Eeshwar Rajagopalan
    A card game for 4-6 players that tasks you with making pies, surviving the bureaucracy of the neighbourhood bake sale, and of course making some serious $dough$.
  • Astral (arcade), by SK Games
    The latest work by the arcade-building, good time-having guys at SK. You’ll have to come along to find out what it’s all about!

 

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

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*Note: This post does not constitute LMG condoning the act of drinking and riding horses is virtual reality.

 

Perth Games Festival: New Sponsors

The Perth Games Festival creeps closer and closer, and we would like to introduce you to more sponsors that are helping make this our biggest event yet, including our major sponsor Central Institute of Technology.

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The Central Institute of Technology‘s Animation and Games Design department is proud to be a sponsor of the first Perth Games Festival. Games and Animation are sunrise industries with a bright future, and Central provides wonderful opportunities for students to take their places in these emerging fields of creative accomplishment.

Central provides a supportive environment for students to let their creativity flow by providing a great place to learn the latest technologies with expert lecturing staff. By sponsoring this event and finding a place for the Games, Interactive Digital Media and Animation students to show off their own work it allows the students to be recognised by the industry representatives and their peers. By showcasing their work in a public forum such as the Perth Games Festival our students will receive recognition for their hard work, and the opportunities for valuable feedback from the industry.

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Central Institute of Technology, Reparo Pty Ltd and Westralian Bookkeeping Solutions join our already great cast of sponsors; Spacecubed, Hungry Sky and Sentient Computing. You can also see our exhibitors and sponsors on the newly updated Perth Games Festival website.

Scourge of Tethys Released

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It is a well known fact that outer space is a dangerous place filled with fast-moving alien perils. Since the earliest days of video games, this final frontier has been safe only for those with the fastest reflexes, whose heroic deeds are rewarded with glory and the satisfying ‘pew pew’ of lasers.

Scourge of Tethys is a pixel space shooter by Jonathon Morald, that draws on those simple but satisfying space games of old. In it you are tasked with defending your home moon, Tethys, from an endless horde of increasingly complex alien crafts. Simply shoot the aliens to increase your score and survive for as long as you can!

Scourge of Tethys is out now for only $1, and is available for PC, Mac and Linux, with both keyboard and gamepad controls. If you’re keen to do your part to save Tethys, simply head on over to the 3rd moon of Saturn and check it out.

Designing Deep Games – Lecture & Workshop with Christy Dena

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Always keen to support the gaming types of Perth, the good folk at FTI have organised another informative event to help us get the best out of our games. Presented by Christy Dena, a writer-designer-director and lecturer with many an award/game/digital project to her name,  event will explore the depths depths of games and the messages we can convey through them.

In this lecture and workshop, we will delve into the design of games that have a message, are personal, philosophical, transformational, or focus on the emotional journey. On top of game design techniques, deep games involve different processes and design considerations. To illuminate how they can be designed more effectively, various deep games will be deconstructed to highlight the writing and design techniques employed. In the workshop we will apply different methodologies to develop deep game ideas.

What: Lecture 2:00pm-3:00pm, Workshop 3:15pm-5:15pm.
When: Sunday September 21, 2014
Where: FTI Screen Lab @ State Library of WA, Northbridge
Tickets: via TryBooking.com

  • Lecture $15 for FTI/AWG Members, $20 Regular admission.
  • Workshop $20 for FTI/AWG members, $30 Regular admission.
  • Bundle - Buy a ticket to attend both the Lecture & Workshop and receive a discount. $30 for FTI Members, $40 Regular admission.

About the Presenter

Christy DenaChristy has given keynotes and presentations around the world, mentored industry professionals, and written numerous articles on writing and design. We would definitely recommend checking out her corner of the universe before the event, to get an idea of the many things she knows – and in turn the many subjects on which you can ask her for advice!

 

For more information on Designing Deep Games, head on over to the FTI event page. But be quick, places are limited and the event is coming up fast!

Perth Games Festival Launches (Press Release)

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Perth Town Hall on Saturday 11th October, 10:30am to 4:00pm

Game lovers, aspiring game makers and seasoned developers hit the Perth Game Festival this year to immerse themselves in the latest gaming developments, as well as the old-school classics.

The festival is run by Let’s Make Games Inc., a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the thriving gaming community in Western Australia.

Festival Director Anthony Sweet wants kids, grown ups and game lovers from all walks of life to be part of the free event.

“We’re about inclusiveness,” he said. “Whatever you make and define as a game, we’re happy to have you on board.”

Budding game makers of every age will have the opportunity to speak directly with people in the industry. Plus, there will be talks about what it takes to get both feet in the gaming door, as well as information for parents about gaming.

According to Mr Sweet, the Perth gaming community has a growing reputation.

“The WA gaming community is recognised around the country, and even internationally as a really great healthy scene, and I want people to know this,” he said. “I really want people to come and find out that being able to make games is something anyone can do these days.”

All games are created equal at the festival, which features computer games, mobile games, tablet games, console games, arcade games, virtual reality games, board games and even card games.

 

For a PDF copy of this press release, please click here: Perth Game Festival Press Release
This press release was written by our copywriting partner Verb Web Copywriting.

Point and Click Paradigm hits Kickstarter

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Every so often a game will come along that is so peculiar that you just can’t look away. Paradigm is one such game, as it draws you in with its curious cast of mutant characters and vibrantly coloured post-apocalyptic world. Spawned from the mind of Perth’s own Jacob Janerka, this point and click adventure is now out in the world looking for love.

Paradigm is a surreal point-and-click adventure game for Windows, OSX and Linux set in the strange and post apocalyptic world of Krusz; a land inspired by a mix of Eastern Europe and the 70’s & 80’s.

Play as unattractive yet over-confident mutant Paradigm; who must prevail through a series of inconveniences on an adventure to overcome the insecure and tyrannical sloth antagonist, Olof!

» The game’s alpha is available now, so you can get to know Paradigm and his mutant friends (not to mention enemies). You can also show your support for this unusual adventure by backing it on Kickstarter or giving it a vote on Greenlight.

Perth, it’s point n’ click time~

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Perth Games Festival: Thank you to our sponsors!

The Perth Games Festival is just a meagre five little weeks away, and we’d like to take this opportunity between announcements to thank three very special companies that are helping to make it all happen. Thanks to our sponsors, Sentient Computing and Hungry Sky and Spacecubed, we’re able to produce the biggest Let’s Make Games event yet!

 

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Spacecubed is WA’s largest coworking space and hub for the entrepreneurial community of Perth, offering creative working space, mentoring, events and a network of likeminded ‘do-ers’ to support WA entrepreneurs and innovators who want to get their ideas off the ground.

At its core, Spacecubed is about increasing opportunities for collaboration and innovation across different industries; the space fosters opportunities for social, environmental, technology and creative entrepreneurs.

 

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Sentient Computing is a process control, automation and 3D visualisation company founded in 2000 and based in Perth, Western Australia. We provide software and engineering solutions to clients within the mining, oil and gas, coal, production, transportation, environmental and power industries within Australia and around the globe. We take pride in our innovation and creativity, with a small, passionate and experienced team of engineers, developers and designers.

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Hungry Sky is proud to support Let’s Make Games and the Perth Games Festival. Hungry Sky is an award-winning studio that specialises in creating interactive experiences and apps, including work for the recent blockbuster exhibition, Dinosaur Discovery. We have a long relationship with Let’s Make Games (both of our directors are founding members) and are excited to see how it has grown in scale and engagement since 2009.

 

Again, we’d like to thank our sponsors! If you’d like to keep updated on further announcements on guests and exhibitors at the Perth Games Festival, keep an eye here on the blog, or follow the event on Facebook!

Announcing the 2014 Perth Games Festival!

logo_white_bg-500pxIt is with great excitement that I would like to announce the Perth Games Festival 2014 by Let’s Make Games!

The Perth Games Festival is a free-to-attend celebration of playing and making games. The day will be full of demonstrations, talks and panels, and a massive hall full of locally made computer games, tabletop games, mobile games and virtual reality experiences.

What: Perth Games Festival 2014
When: Saturday 11th October, 10:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Perth Town Hall
Cost: Free!
Facebook: Here.

Keep an eye out for the Festival website launching in the next few days, as well as further information, thank you notes to our partners and sponsors, and details on the Festival’s Achievement Badge Quest.

If you are a WA-based developer that is interested in showing your games at the Festival, you can find the sign-up form here.
If you are interested in partnering with the Perth Games Festival to support the local game-making community, you can download the sponsor prospectus here.

Indie Game Marketing Masterclass

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While we love being a part of the thriving indie games market, there is no denying that this boom also means that our games are constantly competing against hundreds of thousands of others. So while we are all determined to create quality gaming experiences, it is just as important that we ensure people see our game in the first place (not to mention make them want to play it!)

Cue the folks from Surprise Attack, an Aussie indie games label, who are coming to Perth once again to share their knowledge thanks to FTI. This time around Agency Director Travis Plane will be hosting a 2 hour masterclass on the integral game dev aspect that is Indie Game Marketing.

What: Surprise Attack Indie Marketing Class
When: 5.15pm – 7.15pm, September 12, 2014
Where: FTI @ State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge WA
Tickets: $40 for FTI Members or $50 for General Admission, via TryBooking.com

In addition to general indie marketing content in the workshop, Travis will be using one WA game as a case study. Travis will also be available prior to the masterclass for appointments for one on one advice. To apply for your game to be used as the case study in the masterclass, or to book a one on one appointment with Travis, contact with either “CASE STUDY” or “SURPRISE ADVICE” in the subject header.

For more information on the Indie Game Marketing event head on over to the FTI information page. Please note however that spaces are limited, so visit TryBooking.com asap to get your ticket!

[Special thanks to Kate Raynes-Goldie for the heads up on the event] 

Harness the Power of Games and Play

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These days games, in all their varying forms, are more popular than ever, and there’s no doubt that they contain value beyond mere entertainment (although we do love that part about them). Around the world games and game mechanics have been successfully integrated time and time again into change-making, social enterprise, business, charity and non-profit organisations, as a means of engaging the community and making a difference.

For those in the Perth community keen on incorporating the good side of games into their work, FTI and Games We Play have a intensive 2-day workshop on this month worth attending, Gamechanging: harness the power of games and play.

What: Gamechanging 2-Day Workshop
When: 9:30am-5:00pm, August 21 and 22, 2014
Where: FTI, 25 Francis Street (State Library of WA Building), Northbridge Australia
Tickets: $750 for FTI Members, $850 for regular tickets via BrownPaperTickets

How would you like to…

  • Engage more authentically with your clients or stakeholders
  • Raise your profile
  • Build and strengthen your relationships with new and existing clients or stakeholders
  • Improve fundraising or sales
  • Manage risk and increase the effectiveness of your work

In this two day hands on workshop, award-winning game designer Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie will show you how to integrate the power of games and play into your work in an effective and ethical way.

This unique workshop mixes case studies with a hands on approach where you will actually learn about how to use games for changemaking and engagement through direct experience. You will become a game designer by working with a team to create your own prototype (the fancy word game designers use to describe an early version of a game).

For more information on the Gamechanging Workshop, visit the Games We Play official event page.