SK & Friendz 2.0 – Featuring Local Games and Music

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Local creatives Oscar Brittain and SK Games are coming together to put on an evening of great indie games and indie bands, with SK & Friends 2.0. These are the brains behind the likes of World’s Fastest Pizza and Catnips, both of which entertained and amused at the 2015 Perth Games Festival.

What: SK & Friends 2.0
When: 7.30pm Saturday, May 7.
Where: Babushka Leederville, 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Tickets: $10, available at the door.

Deliver pizza with the pride and professionalism of a Paper Boy with Freo made World’s Fastest Super Pizza and partner your Pizza with the salami loving boys of Hip Priest. Jump on Bear Surfin Mega Wave and compliment your ride with the telepathically sculpted sounds of Sealamb. Smash out some rounds of Downwell as your ears fall into the arms of Yaqui Yeti. Finally be mesmerized by the visuals of Panoramical and the sounds of People Like Us.

To stay up to date with the details, and to find out more about the indie games and bands set to feature, head on over the Facebook event page.

New Trailer for VR Game Valiant

Text: Valiant, by Offpeak Games

Locally-made VR multiplayer game Valiant by Offpeak Games is set for release soon, and we are pleased to be able to share the game’s early access trailer with you!

Valiant is a fast paced, mounted medieval combat game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It was certainly a crowd pleaser at the Perth Games Festival in 2014 & 2015, and the developers have been working hard to deliver the best multiplayer medieval mayhem experience possible.

Stay in your saddles and keep your lances at the ready – we shall let you know as soon as it hits early access release on Steam this April.

The WA Devs of the 2016 MCV Pacific Women in Games List

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The MCV Women In Games list has returned for its second year, recognising the hard-working lady devs of Australia and New Zealand. The feature acts to showcase the high caliber of women working in our industry, recognise their contributions, and help to inspire the next generation. This year a number of Western Australian developers have been included.

These women are now eligible for the 2016 MCV Pacific Women In Games Awards presented by Xbox, which will be awarded at the second annual MCV Pacific Women In Games Lunch presented by Xbox. The women within the list vote amongst the list to decide the four categories.

 

So congratulations to the following devs…

(and thank you for all your work making and supporting games!)

Minh Tran
Director at Hungry Sky/ Co-Founder of Let’s Make Games

One of the founders of Let’s Make Games, Minh has been quietly working behind the scenes in WA games for many years. She is currently a Director at Hungry Sky, and has been behind many games and interactive experiences, including the award-winning Dinosaur Discovery Augmented Reality Experience.

Kate Raynes-Goldie
Director of Games & Interactive at FTI/ Founder of Games We Play

The leading figure in the Games & Interactive space at FTI, Kate is behind such local initiatives as PlayUp Perth, Level One and the Oompf! Games Fund. As if that wasn’t enough, she also writing advocacy pieces, presents talks and workshops, and of course has developed a number of award-winning pervasive games. Bonus Round: Kate featured in last year’s inaugural Women In Games List.

Jess Watson
Operation Team at Let’s Make Games/ Coordinator of the Perth Games Festival/ Game Dev at Hungry Sky

Managing Let’s Make Games’ online presence, as well being a key figure in coordinating the Perth Games Festival, Jess keeps tabs on the local community and helps get the word out about game development in WA. She worked on the level design of Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, and now working with local studio Hungry Sky. Bonus Round: Jess featured in this year’s MCV Pacific 30 Under 30 List.

Michelle Sanford
Microsoft Services at Microsoft / Co-Founder of Tiidal /  WA Women’s Chair of the Australian Computer Society / Tech Girl Superhero

Sharing knowledge and supporting others is the key to Michelle’s success. In addition to her work at Microsoft, Michelle spends her time coordinating and conducting talks, sharing news in the ICT sphere, and becoming a superhero to encourage the next generation of women in STEM.

Karen Wellington
Coordinator of CoderdojoWA / WA Digital Project Awards

The driving force behind CoderDojo WA, Karen is paving the way for the next generation by supporting kids aged 7 – 17yrs to learn how to code. She also ran the WA Digital Project Awards, which celebrated and showcased the kids’ work. Bonus Round: Karen was also in last year’s inaugural Women In Games List.

 

A Let’s Make Games Special Mention…

In addition to the super cool ladies listed above, we would like to note that there are a whole lot of great people in the WA games industry. We would like to extend a special thanks to a couple of the women who, though not on the MCV list, work hard with us to support the local community.

So a big thank you from us to:

  • Sofie Mather of SK Games & Level One
    Often seen building magnificent machines for SK Games, not to mention running around organising events for SK, Level One, and PlayUp Perth (to name a few). She also is the brains behind Level One’s Dev of the Day feature, and an all ’round awesome person!
  • Vivien Lengkeek of CoderDojo WA & Let’s Make Games
    Supporting aspiring developers of all ages, Vivien works with CoderDojo WA to teach kids about programming and making games. She coordinated the 2015 Perth Games Festival talk schedule, recently joined the writing team at Let’s Make Games, and still somehow finds time to create interactive stories.

Know an inspiring woman in games?

There are so many women in the games industry working hard and inspiring others with their games, work and support. If there are West Australian women in games you think deserve some recognition, please say so in the comments!

We would love to hear about the work others are doing, and a mention here could help some hard-working individuals feel appreciated, not to inspire nominations to awards in the future!

Tank ON 2 rolls out on Android

Tank On 2: Jeep Hunter, by Ino-Co

Get ready to close ranks and stand your ground wth Ino-Cos new mobile game, Tank ON 2 – Jeep Hunter. Does Ino-Co Plus sound familiar? They should! The developers joined us at the Perth Games Festival last year where they exhibited their RPG puzzle game Gunspell.

The sequel to the popular Tank ON – Modern Defender game sees you protecting your base from waves of enemies with a bevy of weapons, including rocket launchers and orbital ion cannons. Upgrade your base and weapons by destroying enemies and completing missions, and also earn rewards for your achievements.

If you like the sound of some explosive, tank-busting action, then be sure to check it out over on Google Play!

Whacky Ball set to be a hit on iOS

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Pushing the limits of what mobile games can do, Whacky Ball is a fun free title that literally puts you in the game. Released last weekend by local developer Alistair Mann, it has already been featured in the ‘Best New Games’ category on the Australian App Store!

In Whacky Ball, your device’s camera transports you into a world of challenging ball games. Using motion recognition, you whack the balls virtually on the screen using your hands or head as if you are really there.

To jump into the world of Whacky Ball on iPhone or iPad, head on over to the iTunes.

Playup Perth: Interstate Arcade Edition

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This month the Playup Perth love has been spread across the country and over the seas in what will be the very first Interstate Arcade Edition! Thanks to FTI, SK Games and The Interstate Game Exchange (an initiative which helps developers showcase their games at meetups across the country) you have the opportunity to try your hand at games made by local, interstate and international devs.

What: Playup Perth Interstate Arcade Edition
When: Friday, 29th April, 7pm 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

For all the details on the games, head on over to the main event page here. Don’t forget to visit the Playup Perth website to stay up to date with all Playup-related news. See you there!

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QuizJam comes to iPhone

Quiz Jam: The worlds first massively multiplayer trivia experience. Take on the World!

Keen for some quick fun on your iphone? Test your knowledge with tons of trivia in Quizjam, the latest creation by Perth-based studio Gravy Gaming.

Join the future of Trivia and Take on the World with QuizJam.
• World’s first massively multi player trivia experience
• Take on an unlimited number of players at once.
• Hundreds of topics with Thousands of questions
• New and exciting tournaments each week
• Selfie and Share your results with our in-App Gloating feature
• Take on the world!

You can jump into the QuizJam competition by heading over to iTunes. This one was just released last month, so while it is still nice and fresh there are already players ahead of the game, awaiting you to challenge them!

White Noise Underground: Free Workshops on Augmented & Virtual Reality

Northbridge Innovation Month: April 2016

For those interested in expanding their technological repertoire, there is a series of Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Workshops on this week as part of the City of Perth’s Innovation Month.

“…Imaginarium VR will be presenting a series of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality workshops and experiences which will be held at the White Noise Underground Event in a unique secret venue within the previously disused underground tunnel at the Perth Concert Hall.”

What/ When:

  • VR Demos and Workshops – 13th April, 2016
  • AR Maker Day – 14th April, 2016 
  • VR Demo Day (plus 360 VR Cinema) – 15th April, 2016

Where: The Tunnel – Perth Concert Hall 5, St Georges Terrace
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite.

The spaces for each workshop are limited, so be sure to register! For all the details on this curious world of VR, AR and underground tunnels, head on over to the Eventbrite page.

Hexasmash crashes onto Mobile

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Local studio Apex Creative are smashing it in 2016, having recently released their third game for the year! Hexasmash is the latest in brain-straining puzzles from the team, following on from the likes of the chaotic Quadrant and the level-filled Laserbreak 2.

Hexasmash is an action packed, highly addictive and super fun game.
Swing the pendulum and release the wrecking ball with perfect timing to destroy the hexagonal jewels in as few moves as possible. Destroy the blue hexagons to pass the level, and the more difficult green hexagons to unlock bonus levels.

» Interested in taking a swing at Hexasmash? You can grab this free piece of puzzling fun right now on Android and iOS.

Making Games in Perth: The Indie Story

Oz ComicCon Panel: Making Games in Perth

This weekend is the super cool geek fest that is Oz Comic-Con, and one of the panels for the day will be looking at our local gaming industry. Moderated by Ceri Hutton of Pixel Expo, the discussion will be covered by Perth-based game developers Aranda Morrison (Gnomic Studios), Garth Pendergrast (Stirfire Studios), Jess Watson (Let’s Make Games), and Liam Hunt (ByteSprite).

What: Making Games in Perth – The Indie Story (Oz Comic-Con Panel)
When: Sunday, April 3rd. 1.30pm
Where: STAGE 4 @ Oz Comic-Con, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Full details via the Oz Comic-Con website

A Panel of Perth’s own game developers talk about what it takes to get a game out there in the world and discuss all the trials and tribulations they personally went through to turn a concept into a fully playable product.

If you, or someone you know, are heading to Oz Comic-Con and are interested in finding out more about Perth’s games industry, then this is a panel worth catching. Invite them to the facebook event, or simple send them a link to the info page – we hope to see you there!

BONUS: The folks over at Pixel Sift (who regularly interview local game devs) will be hosting a live show on the day as well. Be sure to check it out too!

Come see us at Oz Comic-Con (2-3 April, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre). Buy your tickets today at Ozcomiccon.com