Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Videos: Perth Global Game Jam 2012

It’s finally time to relive the action of the 2012 Perth Global Game Jam!

Timelapse

The entire 48-hour event condensed into a juicy 3 minute clip.

Presentations

Our Perth GGJ gave birth to 13 games, here are the proud parents showing off their respective pride and joys.

To jump to a specific presentation head over to Youtube for the full index in the video description. You can also play all the games made at the Perth GGJ, here.

To all those who participated, our generous sponsors: ECU School of Communications and ArtsImmersive TechnologiesThe Sound LibrarianMicrosoft Imagine CupScirra, Marco’s Pizza and everyone who contributed to our Pozible drive, this event could not have happened without your contribution so thank you very much!

LMG Letter of Support for the Digital Media Hub

Sent to FORM on 14th February 2012:

To Whom It May Concern,

We are writing in support of The Foundry Digital Media Hub, a FORM project proposal to establish a facility to provide infrastructure, resources, and services at the Midland Atelier to support digital media in Western Australia. Our particular interest in the Digital Media Hub is the potential for greater support of game development in Western Australia.

Games Industry and Cultural Value
The commercial video games industry generates approximately $60 billion annually worldwide, and is growing at a rate of 10% annually. The Australian domestic market is worth approximately $1.5 billion with 9 out of 10 Australian households owning a device for playing games. Locally, the West Australian games industry boasts over 40 game development related businesses, and over half a dozen full-time tertiary education courses throughout the state.

Aside from the commercial games market, games technology is increasingly ubiquitous in a wide range of industries including: mining and resources, education, advertising, and online media. Games are also pervasive in popular culture and a preferred platform for expression by a wave of young artists, designers, and writers who use unique aspects of the medium to engage audiences.

During a recent (16 October 2011) presentation at the Digital Culture Public Sphere event, Hon Simon Crean (Federal Minister for the Arts), described games as “the next iteration of the film industry”. Surprisingly, despite the clear growing value of the games industry, there is very little infrastructure to support game development in Western Australia and the local industry has yet to receive any state government support.

Let’s Make Games Inc.
Let’s Make Games Inc. is the only non-profit organisation actively supporting the game developer community of Western Australia. We engage hundreds of game creators and interact with related organisations locally, interstate, and internationally. Our regular events routinely attract 40-100 participants, our website garners over 5000 visits per month, and our mailing list and social media presence have a weekly reach of over 400 people.

We appreciate FORM’s recognition of game development as a vital factor in the future of digital media, as evidenced by the inclusion of games in the objectives for the Digital Media Hub. We also feel that collaboration between game developers and other industries is crucial to prepare for increasing consumer expectation of richer interactive experiences.

We look forward to working closely with FORM to identify how the Digital Media Hub can maximally benefit the local game developer community. We believe that the coordination of the Digital Media Hub with our practical experience and knowledge of the local game developer community will also result in substantial benefit for related creative industries and Western Australia.

From Let’s Make Games Inc.

BBQ this weekend!

It’s BBQ time this Sunday (26th February 2012) from 4pm!

Details:

Things to bring:
  • Insect repellent
  • Footy/frisbee/Vortex, etc. (optional)
  • Favourite outdoor chair (optional)
  • Portable devices with any games you’ve made (optional)

If you still haven’t RSVP’d yet head over to the Facebook event page and let us know you’re coming.

We look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday!

[photo: Laura Mary]

Midland Digital Media Hub

FORM are pursuing federal funding to help set up Western Australia’s first digital media hub at Midland’s old Railway Workshop. They are seeking letters of support from the West Australian game development community and you can help by making a statement on their website. Statements of support closes February 12, 2012.

We hope that FORM is successful with their application and if it goes ahead we’d be interested in starting a dialogue regarding how the Digital Hub can support local games development.

Photos: Perth Global Game Jam 2012

The Perth Global Game Jam was a great success! Thanks to everyone who attended and another big thank you to all our sponsors: ECU School of Communications and ArtsImmersive TechnologiesThe Sound LibrarianMicrosoft Imagine CupScirra and Marco’s Pizza. We can’t wait for Global Game Jam 2013!

BBQ Time!

We’re getting close to that time of year when we like to go outside and roast a variety of delicious meats (and veggie snacks) on searing plates of metal. Our Perth-famous BBQ is back again to kick off another productive year for WA’s game dev community. So come along have something to eat and drink and chat with people interested and involved in game development.

Details:

  • Date: Sunday 26th of February 2012
  • Time: 4pm-8pm
  • Location: Matilda Bay BBQ Area (we are going to try to claim the Gazebo)
  • RSVP: Facebook event page

[Image: Chris J. B.]


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