The folks from SK Games are well known in the local scene for their curiously cool creations and willingness to try out new things. You’ve seen their awesome home-made arcades machines, had a drink with them at their open-house bar nights, and heard about their escapades across the country. Well now it’s time for something completely different, because SK Games plan to setup shop and let you get your hands on your own permanent gaming fixtures.
Cue the BACKYARD.SK Kickstarter campaign, where the crew hope to combine a digital storefront with their own unique brand of altgames. Supporting the cause could net you games in digital or physical form, t-shirts, controllers, or even your own custom arcade controller!
So if you’re keen to get the ball rolling on an SK store, and grab some neat stuff in the process, head on over to their Kickstarter page and show your support!
Another Perth game has been Greenlit on Steam! Toy Wars Invasion is “a single player or 4 person co-op first person shooter survival and objective game” created by local team WisKids.
Toy Wars Invasion is currently being updated for a Steam release in April 2015. For more details, visit the successful Greenlight page.
The third Playup Perth: After Dark is happening tomorrow! Playup Perth is teaming up with SK Games to bring another night of playtesting local games, chats with game developers and cheap drinks.
Four games will be tested on the evening. More details and tickets are available via Eventbrite. Please note that Playup Perth: After Dark is an 18+ only event.
After a successful Greenlight campaign, Gadget Games have released their 42 player competitive survival shooter, Down To One. The game was showcased at the Perth Games Festival, and is now available on Steam Early Access.
From the developers:
Start out with nothing in a large open-world environment, use anything you can find to eliminate other competitors, and finish each round as the last man standing. With realistic bullet ballistics, dynamic netcode, and immersive interactions, Down To One offers a unique competitive survival experience.
- Interact with anything & everything in the environment, with our procedural interaction system, nothing is off limits.
- Up to 42 players can play in a round, with dynamic ‘netcode’ that adjusts network update rate (tickrate) depending on the amount of players left.
- Using a heavily modified Unity Technologies 4.5 as our engine, we’ve got Physically Based Shading, full-body characters, a custom Antihack, first-person shadows and a bunch of other ‘techy’ features behind the scenes.
- Want to play as a rock-throwing silent assassin? Or a designated marksman, able to shoot players guns right out of their hands? Inspired by MoBAs and Fallout, our perk system lets you unlock perks as you progress in-game, allowing you to adapt your playstyle to how you want to play.
Down To One is available on Steam for $14.99, with 2-player and 4-player bundle discounts also available.
One of the most anticipated parts of the Global Game Jam is the last hour, when everyone gets a chance to stand up in front of the room and show off the game they had determinedly been making for the last 48 hours. With two sites of jammers participating this year, this was going to mean that you wouldn’t be able to see all of the games made in Perth.
That was until SK Games stepped in and helped us organise the “#GGJPerth: After The Jam” presentations. Taking place on the Saturday 31st – the weekend after Global Game Jam – this is an opportunity for jammers to show off their 48 hours of work (plus maybe an extra one or two after the jam, no one will mind!) to families, friends and other #ggjperth participants. Taking place at the Urban Orchard Tent as part of SK Games’ showing at Fringe Festival, After The Jam is going to be the perfect recap of Global Game Jam 2015.
What: #GGJPerth: After The Jam
When: Saturday 31st January, 5pm – 7pm
Where: The Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre Garden, Perth (directly in front of the Art Gallery of WA)
With thanks to our event partner SK Games, game jam sponsor Autodesk, and game jam venues ECU & CASSA, and Murdoch University.
It’s an exciting time of year; the Australia Day weekend, when we celebrate the Lucky Country with a 48-hour game jam with the rest of the world.
Let’s Make Games is proud to host the Global Game Jam in WA again, and this year we’re running two sites, one on each side of the Swan River!
The Global Game Jam is an annual game development event that sees game developers from every corner of the globe spend 48 hours over a single weekend to come together and create games. Western Australia has had a long history of participating in the GGJ, and we’re very happy to continue the tradition.
You can find some preliminary information and sign up forms for our two sites – ECU Mt Lawley and Murdoch University – in the details section below.
This year we have a great sponsor on board that will help us make this the best Global Game Jam yet. A big thanks to Autodesk for supporting the WA game making community! A word from Autodesk:
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- What: Global Game Jam 2015
- When: Friday 23rd January – Sunday 25th January
- Where: ECU Mt Lawley & Murdoch University
- Registrations: ECU Mt Lawley / Murdoch University
- Cost: Free!
- Age: 15+ (under 18s have limited access to site)
- Facebook: Here.
- Twitter: #ggjperth
Participants just need to bring their own hardware and creativity, and we’ll be providing the venue, power, internet and gamejam themes! Participants will receive an email before the jam with more details, including opening times, room numbers and catering order information. We have venue capacity limits, so make sure to register early to secure your place!
A big thanks also goes out to our gracious venue hosts; ECU & CASSA and Murdoch University. If you’d like to see what a game jam looks like, you can check out our video of last year’s GGJ by Ben Hammersley.
If you find yourself in need of some free(!) entertainment this week, Skybreaker Games has you covered. This Way Up – released yesterday for Android, Web and PC – is a gorgeous puzzle game that quickly became a crowd-favourite for puzzle enthusiasts at this year’s Perth Games Festival. From the developer:
This Way Up is a simple-yet-challenging puzzle experience aimed at anybody who’s ever wondered what it would be like to be a cardboard box stranded on a series of puzzle-shaped platforms floating high above the earth, flopping about onto its sides and shooting out glowing purple magic stuff at crystal switches whilst it makes its way towards shiny blue tiles and the ever-elusive 3-star ratings.
Admittedly it’s somewhat of a niche market.
This Way Up is available on Android and PC (both downloadable and in-browser).
It’s the time of year again for tinsel, cheesy Christmas tunes sung badly and end of year parties! Lucky for you, we’re teaming up with SK Games to provide at least two out of the three for our end of year party THIS SUNDAY!
SK Games are on the home leg of their successful national tour, and are making their exhibition space at the Kurb Gallery available to help us celebrate the incredible year of WA game making. Come join us for some drinks, nibblies and arcade games; doors open at 2pm, with announcements from 4pm.
What: End of Year Party
When: Sunday 7th December, 2pm – 9pm (announcements at 4pm)
Where: Kurb Gallery, 312A William Street, Northbridge
Cost: Free, donation bar available.
As far as excellent careers go, working in game development is of course at the top of the list, but it is also fair to say that being a Mad Scientist comes in as a close second. Wez Lamont of RAEZ has fused these two worlds together, creating the clever contraption that is the boardgame COGZ, which has just launched on Kickstarter. You don’t need to be an evil genius to get started but you will certainly develop some mad skills by playing, because COGZ is in fact endorsed by Mensa!
COGZ is a mad scientist strategy board game set in the steampunk era, where someone has broken the mad professor’s chromatic cogtraption!
You are a cognizant cogineer trying to repair the broken cogtraption before the professor returns. The other cogineers all seem to think they have the superior cognition needed to rebuild the chromatic device. It’s time to prove you are the true cogineer genius!
Hurry! You recognise there isn’t much time to do this incognito before the professor returns with his cog-nac…
» Those of you who joined us at the Perth Games Festival may have had a chance to play the standard or LUDICROUS versions of the COGZ. If however you missed out, fear not! RAEZ has a printable Trial Version on their site, so you can still check it out. To help make a local Mad Scientist ingenious contraption a reality, head on over to Kickstarter and show your support for the clever boardgame that is COGZ!
UPDATE: It turns out Wez is not only proficient at starting Kickstarter campaigns, but also at smashing their goals in the first 24 hours. Since the original post, the campaign has been active for four days and has more than doubled the original asking amount – congratulations, Wez!
Header Image source: Jmccann
Do you know (or are you) a young dev who has attended CoderDojo WA this year? If so, there is still time to be a part of the first ever Digital Projects Awards!
Coordinated by CoderDojo WA, those wonderful folk who run free workshops for kids about programming and making games, this event will be the night of nights for the youngest of Perth’s developer community. Local Ninjas (that is, CoderDojo participants between the ages of 7 – 17) who attend get to watch a free planetarium show, and receive awards and recognition for all their hard work!
What: CoderDojo WA Digital Projects Awards 2014
When: Saturday, 6 December
Where: Scitech Planetarium
*To get a free ticket for the event, you must submit a project – or be part of a group submitting a project. Each Ninja who enters a project will also receive a free ticket for one parent or guardian. We will also give you the chance to place the names of other family members on a waiting list for a ticket.
- IDEAS: A description of a project you are planning to creates.
- GAMES: Could be made in Scratch, Gamemaker, Unity, or any other program.
- ANIMATION: Could be made in Scratch or any other program.
- DIGITAL ART: Could be made in Scratch, 3D modelling software, Photoshop or any other program.
- WHOLE DOJO PROJECT: A project of any type made by a whole Dojo
- REMIX: A clever remix of someone else’s project on Scratch or another platform.
- MUSIC: Electronic music made in Scratch or other programs.
- ELECTRONICS PROJECTS: A project you made using electronic parts, raspberry pis, arduinos etc.
- APPS and PROGRAMS
Entries into the awards close 5pm Friday 15 November 2014, so make sure your local Ninjas their project via the form here as soon as possible!
To find out more about the first ever Digital Projects Awards, head on over to the CoderDojo WA event page. If however you are too old to be a Ninja, fear not; CoderDojo WA are always on the look out for Volunteer Mentors, so check it out and share your appreciate for programming with the next generation!