Monthly Archive for March, 2011

X|Media|Lab Perth is in 3 weeks! Submit your projects now.

In just 3 weeks, X|Media|Lab will be coming to Perth. What does this mean for local game developers? Well, let’s start with a description of X|Media|Lab!

From their website:

XMediaLab is the internationally acclaimed creative industries event. XML creates a meeting place uniquely designed to assist companies and people get their own creative ideas successfully to market, through concept development, business matching, and direct access to world-class networks of creative professionals.

Want more of an insight? Here’s a video!:

The theme for the Perth lab is “Storytelling in a Digital Age”, which sounds like a perfect match for games projects.

The Pro Day Conference:
X|Media|Lab Perth will be composed of two parts. The first part is a one-day conference for “a general audience of screen practitioners, games developers, technologists, digital media professionals, advertisers, marketers, web & mobile professionals, analysts, policy advisors and hackers!”

  • Time/Date: 15 April 2011
  • Location: State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Cost: Independent/Entrepreneur: $250; Corporate/Government: $395; VIP: $495; Student: $99. Tickets available here.

The Lab:
The second part of X|Media|Lab Perth is the lab itself “at which selected ‘Interactive Storytelling’ projects work one-on-one with the International Mentors – gaining high-level elite personal consultation and entering into an impeccable international network… ‘a million dollars worth of mentoring in 2 days!'”

  • Time/Date: 9:00am 16 April 2001 – 5:00pm 17 April 2011
  • Location: State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Cost: $500 per person for members of accepted projects.

Important: Projects for the lab need to be nominated and then accepted into the lab. You can nominate your project here.

For those who hope to bring projects to the lab, you may be eligible for the XML Perth Development Award that “will provide development funding up to AUD $20,000 for up to three Western Australian digital media projects that have completed mentoring through the two-day Lab.”

For those who would like to attend, but feel that the prices are a little out of your range, you can apply for an XML Scholarship to Attend.

We feel that X|Media|Lab is a fantastic opportunity for Perth game developers who want to explore new ideas, and we will be posting more information about it leading up the event. Hope to see you there. 🙂

Think Tank 3

We’re not planning on running our next event until the end of May, but there are a bunch of upcoming events that will be of interest to local game developers. So we will be posting about them right here!

Perhaps the largest upcoming event is next month’s X|Media|Lab: Storytelling in a Digital Age, so expect some more posts about that soon. Before then, the next event on the calendar is The City of Perth’s Think Tank 3.

Here’s a blurb from the website:

Think Tank 3 will focus on the future of digital media and the successful commercial development of creative digital media concepts. Speakers will highlight the opportunities available to Perth-based digital media professionals and some of the advantages of being based in Perth. TT3 will provide you with a great opportunity to rub shoulders with like-minded creative industry professionals and be involved in some stimulating discussions about the future of digital media in Perth.

And here are the details:

  • Time/Date: 6:00pm – 8:15pm, Tuesday 29 March 2011
  • Location: Perth Town Hall
  • Cost: Free, but space is limited. Be sure to register here.

The City of Perth are pretty switched on to digital media; they know how to run a top event; and they have all the best venues! If you are looking for a team for X|Media|Lab, this may also be the networking event you are looking for. Be sure to register to secure a place.

Last night’s presentation now online

Thanks to everyone for coming to our presentation and panel discussion last night.

There was a fantastic turnout and very lively discussion during the networking session that followed. It was great to see people making new connections, particularly leading up to X|Media|Lab next month.

A number of people asked for a copy of the presentation, so here it is!:

We’ll also be posting some photos of the evening and a video of the panel discussion (probably towards the end of next week).

Finally, very special thanks again to ScreenWest for organising the venue and networking session, and to our panelists: Matt Comi, Saxon Druce, Andrew Hawkins, Cameron Royal, and Christel-lee Wittber.

Panelists announced for discussion and networking event (Register now!)

Our panel discussion and networking session is in just two days! (Wednesday 16 March), so be sure to register (via rsvp@screenwest.wa.gov.au) as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Important: Regarding RSVP’s, in the subject heading of your email, please write: ‘Surname’ Let’s Make Game’s Q&A. For queries, please contact Michelle Glaser, ScreenWest Digital Project Officer on (08) 9224 7322. More details on the ScreenWest announcement page. Thanks!

There haven’t been too many cross-over events between the local film and television industry and the local games community. So this is a rare opportunity to meet new people and learn something about interesting work being undertaken right here in Perth.

The panel discussion will be preceded by a brief presentation on games and the games industry, so no former knowledge of games is required. Speaking of the panel discussions, we’ve got a wide range of panelists:

There will also be a number of other key game developers (and a publisher) present, who we will introduce at the end of the panel discussion.

With X|Media|Lab Perth fast approaching, this event presents opportunities for traditional screen practitioners to:

  1. Learn what is involved in creating games for their cross-media projects
  2. Ask seasoned game developers questions about their project ideas
  3. Recruit local game developers to their X|Media|Lab teams

And vice-versa for game developers. On top of that, ScreenWest have secured a fantastic venue and will be providing drinks and nibbles for a networking session after the panel discussion. It’s a total win-win situation. 😀

See you there!

(Original photo by boellstiftung)

Games panel discussion & networking session for ScreenWest

Together with ScreenWest, we are running a games panel discussion and networking event next Wednesday (16 March 2011). Obviously, we’re super excited! Any time we get to share our love for games is a time to look forward to.

This event is the perfect opportunity for Let’s Make Games to let local traditional screen practitioners know all about games (what they are and how they are made), and to introduce them to local game developers! So we hope that you can all attend, and encourage your other media colleagues to be there as well!

Keep an eye on our homepage (or follow us on twitter) as we will announce the panel line-up later this week. Thanks to ScreenWest for putting this event together!

Details:

And here is a handy map!:


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Update: Fixed the RSVP email address! The correct address is rsvp@screenwest.wa.gov.au (It was previously incorrectly listed as rsvp@screenwest.gov.wa.au).

Headsoft releases Jungool

Congrats to local game developer Headsoft, who have just released their first iOS game Jungool!

Here’s a brief game-play video:

Buy it now on the iTunes App Store.

Thanks to Headsoft for contacting us. It’s always great to learn about local developers, particularly those with a history of development across multiple platforms!