Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Let’s Make Party photos

Let’s Make Party was awesome!

We won’t go on about it much aside from saying a final round of thanks, and then leaving you some photos.

Thanks again to our sponsors: Different Methods, Rockethands, DrewFX, Binary Space, and Handwritten Games. Thanks to the team of organisers and volunteers: Minh, Anthony, Ben, Rich, and Saxon. Thanks to Chris to the selection of chip-tunes. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the showreel, and to Lisa and Nigel for demonstrating their games. Thanks to everyone who was interviewed by our videographers. Thanks to the Universal Bar & Cafe who were the best hosts we could ever hope for.

From everyone here at Let’s Make Games, have a great holiday season. We’ll see you next year!

Now onto some photos (also, keep an eye for a video of the event in future):

Let’s Make Party is today!

Perth’s preeminent end-of-year party celebrating local game developers is TODAY!

Make your way down to The Universal Bar & Cafe in Northbridge at 4pm (or around 3pm you want to setup on our demonstration table). For more information see the original announcement and other posts about the event. (Food will be provided.)

We hope to see you there! 😀

See you at Let’s Make Party this Sunday!

Let’s Make Party! is just two days away. Tell your colleagues! Invite you friends! But leave your pets at home.

Here are the details:

  • 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.
  • RSVP: 21 November 2010 Last minute RSVPs until Saturday 27!

(Note that RSVP isn’t necessary to attend, but greatly appreciated for planning.)

Once more, we’d like to thank our sponsors:

And all of our volunteers, and everyone who has RSVP’d, and everyone else.

We’ll be printing name tags tomorrow and we can still order more food, so it’s not too late for a last minute RSVP (facebook, contact form, or respond to this post). There’s also still time to submit a video for the show-reel (which we will be compiling at the same time), and you are always welcome to bring something to demonstrate.

Here’s what we have in the show-reel so far:

See you on Sunday!

Show off your wares at Let’s Make Party!

Update: Reply to this post with a link to your video on YouTube and we will add it to our Let’s Make Party! playlist.

Let’s Make Party! is just one week away (Sunday 28 November), and we’re inviting all Perth game developers to show off their wares.

Sharing your work is a great way to let everyone else see the sort of things that are going on in the Perth game development scene. It’s also a great opportunity for students to get feedback from industry veterans, and for individuals to demonstrate things that they are interested in working on (who knows, you may find a game development soul mate!)

There are three easy ways to demonstrate your work:

  1. Include a video in our play-list
  2. Setup on our demonstration table (laptop, portfolios, etc.)
  3. Show it off on your handheld device

If you would like to have your video included in our play-list, just reply to this post with a link to your video(s). We’ll put together a play-list with whatever we have on Friday and display them throughout the event on a large overhead flat-panel television (alongside videos from our sponsors).

If you want to setup on our demonstration table, just make your way down to the venue a little early on the day (3pm). We should have plenty of powerboards, but please try to let us know (by replying to this post) if you intend to demonstrate something so that we can allocate enough space.

Finally, we imagine that a lot of developers have smartphones. Be sure to have your videos and games loaded for impromptu demonstrations when people inevitably ask “so what have you been working on?”. 🙂

Photo by Adam Jones adamjones.freeservers.com

Welcome to our official videographers

Let’s Make Games would like to welcome our new official videographers (and photographers): Ben Hammersley and Richard Kong.

Richard and Ben have been part of the local game development community for a while, and increasingly involved with Let’s Make Games events since late last year.

At last year’s end-of-year party, Ben took a whole bunch of great candid photos which really captured the atmosphere of the event; Richard created a charming timelapse video of our sundowner earlier in the year; and the two worked together to capture a couple of the recent short talks from local game developers.

Artist profile for Richard:

Richard Kong is a photographer and graphic artist who strives to create inspirational and relevant content in today’s changing society.

Being involved with Let’s Make Games, he hopes to interact with the local developer community and assist them in achieving their vision.

For more information on Richard (including many examples of his work) can be found on his online portfolio.

Artist profile for Ben:

Ben Hammersley is a young film-maker and aspiring game designer whose goal is to create immersive and meaningful content for people to enjoy.

By working with Let’s Make Games, he hopes to capture and communicate the spirit and growth of Perth’s game industry.

Here is an example of his recent work:

For more information on Ben, see his creative blog.

It’s an exciting time for game development in Perth, and we deeply appreciate that we have talented individuals investing time and careful effort in helping us to record, share, and remember this interesting period. 🙂

We thank Richard and Ben for volunteering to work with us, and we eagerly look forward to their audio-visual documentation of our upcoming end-of-year event: Let’s Make Party!

A new sponsor appears!

Let’s Make Games would like to thank Handwritten Games, who recently came on-board as our latest sponsor for Let’s Make Party.

Handwritten Games is wrapped in mystery, and we wonder what wonders they will be bringing into the world. Perhaps their website holds a clue. Here’s a quote:

Fedoras? Pew Pew. Yesss. ? Coming Soon.

Of course! It’s all so very clear now!…

This bring our total list of sponsors to: Different Methods, Rockethands, DrewFX, Binary Space, and Handwritten Games.

Let’s Make Party is our fast-approaching end-of-year party (Sunday 28 November 2010) and everyone interested in game development in Perth is invited! (That means you!) For more information, see the original announcement. To RSVP, contact us or use the facebook event page.

We hope to see you there!

Sponsor-a-party

Let’s Make Games is entirely volunteer-run and large events are really dependent on sponsorship and turn-out.

So we were ecstatic when, within a few hours of announcing Let’s Make Party, we had four local game developers contact us to lend their financial support! We made this flyer to celebrate (click image for large version):

Introducing this year’s sponsors thus far:

  • Different Methods is once again our major sponsor for the second year running. A quiet achiever but clearly Perth’s premier commercial game developer. Unassuming and unpretentious, their website simply states: “We make games”. And that’s exactly what they do – with a positive and inspiring just-get-on-with-it attitude.
  • Rockethands is also sponsoring us for the second year running. Regular game-jammers and event attendees, the Rockethands team have: a whole bunch of collective commercial experience; produced numerous indie games; released two iPhone games and one iPad game; and even produced a popular music video under their own label (Rocketband)!
  • DrewFX joins us this year as our most eager sponsor (they contacted us within minutes of the event announcement, keen to get funds to us ASAP!). They are probably most well-known for their iPhone game Surf Prodigy or via their presence in the Torque community.
  • Binary Space supported last year’s end-of-year party as volunteers, and this year they have come on board as sponsors. They are probably the only local game developer whose work has been featured on the National Geographic website (seriously, check out the link).

To our sponsors: We salute you! Thank you for your support!

It’s still over three weeks until the party, so there is plenty of time for new sponsors to sign-up, and we are still looking for volunteers to help on the day. Please contact us if you would like more information on sponsorship or volunteering.

Update: Handwritten Games has also signed on a sponsor!