Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Round table discussion reminder!

Image from Wikimedia Commons

Don’t forget our round table discussion for the National Cultural Policy Review is this Sunday! It may or may not look a little like this, but with less gravitas and more refreshments.

This discussion is open to all game creators in Western Australia. Games are an important part of many people’s lives and gaming icons are major cultural icons. Please join us in this discussion so that we can submit our collective thoughts to be heard as part of an ongoing national discussion!

  • Date: Sunday, 2nd October 2011
  • Location: City of Vincent Library and Local History Centre, Media Room, 99 Loftus St, Leederville.
  • Time: 1pm-3:30pm
  • Ample free parking
  • Light refreshments provided
  • RSVP: respond to this post or to the PIGMI mailing list or on the Facebook event page
If you are unable to attend the event, you can still participate in the discussion! You can visit the Policy Review Wiki, or contact us with some discussion points that participants can review and discuss on the day.
(I think that’s enough discussion about discussion for now. I’m all discussed out – until Sunday!)

Join our Games Culture Round Table this Sunday!

Knights at the Roundtable

Photo by glamhag

National Cultural Policy Review: Digital Culture Public Sphere

As you may know, the National Cultural Policy (which includes game development) is under review and a 10 year strategic vision is being planned. We’ve been given an opportunity to provide input for our respective industries.

Let’s Make Games Inc. is holding a round table discussion to collate our responses as a collective representing the game development community of Western Australia. Here are the deets:
  • Date: Sunday, 2nd October 2011
  • Location: City of Vincent Library and Local History Centre, Media Room, 99 Loftus St, Leederville. See map below.
  • Time: 1pm-3:30pm
  • Ample free parking
  • Light refreshments provided
  • RSVP: respond to this post or to the PIGMI mailing list or on the Facebook event page

It would be good to come prepared with your take on these questions (found on the wiki):

  • Statements on the current status and useful facts to understand the landscape. Please add links for references.
  • How do you imagine the sector could look in the future? How could Australia excel? What would a 10 year plan look like?
  • What are some tangible ways we could measure progress in this area?
  • Ideas to achieve the vision for Australia.
  • Any additional information you think might be useful, including case studies, success stories, research papers.
  • Leading case studies from the sector to help contextualise Australian innovation in this area.


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Other Upcoming Events

Check out our calendar as we’ve added a bunch of dates, and be sure to save the date for our end-of-year party: Sunday, 27 November 2011

Ninja skills

We’ve got a few news items today, so we’re just going to chop right through them with our ninja skills. Hi-yah!

Black Lab Games looking for Beta testers

Local game developer Black Lab Games is preparing to launch a beta for Star Hammer Tactics for iPad, and they have put out the call for Beta testers. If you have an iPad or iPad2, want to check out this game before it’s official release, and want to help out a local developer – why not sign up!

Abstract submissions for Game Connect Asia Pacific due this Thursday

Game Connect Asia Pacific 2011 (GCAP2011) is a regional game development conference being held in Melbourne from 12-16 November. Attending a game development conference is a great way to meet like-minded people and often helps to reinvigorate enthusiasm for your game projects.

Abstract submissions to GCAP close this Thursday. If you’re planning on presenting or attending GCAP, let us know about it on the PIGMI mailing list. There may be a bunch of local developers going, and coordinating accommodation or just hanging out sounds like a good idea. 🙂

Melbourne has a great indie scene and is well worth a visit. On a related note, thanks to the team at IGDAM for hosting our Chairperson (Nick) at your event last week. Your pozible funding drive for your end-of-year party is a fantastic idea… which we may duplicate next week with our newly acquired ninja skills (above video related).

Welcome to our latest volunteer

Matthew Dyet (whom some of you might know as Diomades) was a huge help at our last event Show Us Your Bits! and he’s volunteered to help out with our end-of-year party. We salute your stirling effort and support, and look forward to working with you for great, great success. 😀

A TV star walks among us!

Leaena's Breath
© WA Museum, Photo Dave Primmer

If you had your TV tuned to the ABC on Friday night, you might have seen our very own Dr Minh Tran on your screen. She was interviewed on Stateline about her work with WA Museum and Flinders University out in the middle of the Nullabor. If you missed it, you can catch the interview right here. If you’re really curious, information about the expedition findings can be found on the WA Museum website.

In other news, the National Cultural Policy published its Discussion Paper last month, and is hosting a slew of online events and ways for you to get in contact with them if you’re that way inclined. In particular they are hosting a Public Sphere consultation for national digital culture which features a wiki, a live online discussion event and even a Twitter hashtag (#publicsphere). Game development features highly and heavily throughout the discussion, so if you have something to tell the nation, get involved!

Jumping committee

Today we had our standing committee election to vote on Let’s Make Games Inc.’s four empty committee positions. Here are the results:

  • Chair: Nick Lowe
  • Vice-chair: Minh Tran
  • Treasurer: Anthony Sweet
  • Secretary: Richard Kong Win Chang

The office-holders will be filling their assigned roles until our first AGM, where official elections will take place. Our first AGM is planned for late November to coincide with our end of year event.

We’ll be looking for new members to help out with events and general operations next year, so let us know if you are keen! 🙂

Show Us Your Bits video is up!

Ever wondered what a 4 hour event condensed into a 1 minute and 43 second video clip looks like? Check out our awesome timelapse video of our last showcase event, Show Us Your Bits.

A big thank you goes out to Rich for putting it together. He’s perfectly captured all the good times that were had by all!