Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Let’s Make Party!

Update: A huge thanks to our sponsors: Different Methods, Rockethands, DrewFX, Binary Space, and Handwritten Games.

Update: Please RSVP via the contact page or on the facebook event page by November 21! (This helps us make sure that we have enough food)

As 2010 draws to the close, Let’s Make Games would like to invite all of you in the local game development community to our second end-of-year party!

Last year’s party was a huge success (thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, and all of our attendees) and we’re calling on everyone to make this year’s party even better.

We’ve secured an exclusive upstairs bar at a great centrally-located venue, we’re organising for live music, and we’ll be putting on a bit of a spread for a weekend sundowner (which will no doubt kick on for a while afterwards).

Details:

  • Title: Let’s Make Party!
  • Time/Date: 4pm – 8pm, Sunday 28 November 2010
  • Location: Universal Bar & Cafe (upstairs), 221 William St. Northbridge
  • Description: End-of-year party for WA’s game development community. Come and meet local game developers, check-out this year’s games, and have an all-round fantastic time!
  • RSVP: 21 November 2010 for registration and catering purposes

It all takes place in just under five weeks, so mark the date on your calendar and let your friends know. Anyone interested in game development is welcome to attend. We always love seeing new faces and a wide range of people (eg. students,  artists, programmers, animators, designers, musicians, gamers, gamer-curious).

We’re currently looking for sponsors and volunteers, so please contact us if you feel that you can contribute. In regards to sponsorship, it’s a great way to engage (or give back to) the local community and we have many options available to suit any budget. So please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We’ll be announcing more details leading up to the event (eg. how to show off your games at the venue), so be sure to visit the site or subscribe to our feed.

Update: You can RSVP via the contact page or on the facebook event page.

One game and three developers

Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot of people express surprise when they learn about the local game development community:

There are game developers in Perth? Really?
That game was developed here?

As a community, it can be pretty disheartening to feel so invisible. Shipping a game is a huge achievement that should be recognised, and our local game developers should be celebrated like the stars they are!

That why Let’s Make Games maintains an directory of local game developers and keeps a record of locally developed games. If you haven’t yet seen our Games and Developers pages, check them out (and send us a profile if something is missing!).

We’ve just added the following developers:

And the following game:

Thanks to the developers for sending through profiles and bringing their game releases to our attention. As we’re purely volunteer-run, it sometimes takes a while before profiles appear online, so please be patient if you send one through (it will appear on the site eventually!)

This bring our total listings to 27 games and 17 developers. Not too shabby for an apparently small industry!

Perth game developer talks now online

Those of you who missed out on last month’s Short Talks by Perth game developers can now watch some of them online! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to record all of the talks (due to NDAs and sensitive information).

Aranda Morrison from Gnomic Studios spoke about developing Square Off! for Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) Marketplace. He presented a lot of great information for XBLIG developers wondering how to market their games (eg. timing is vital!):

Saxon Druce from Binary Space spoke about development of Class 3 Outbreak, a web-based flash game featuring zombies and Google Maps. He candidly touched upon a range of topics including: getting Dugg; last-minute server reconfiguration; approaches to making money from a free game; and player attention spans:

Let’s Make Games would like to join our speakers in sending out a huge “Thank you!” to local videographers Richard Kong and Benny Goodtimes for recording these talks and getting them online!