Monthly Archive for November, 2012

LMG November Update

LMG End of Year Party Post-Mortem

Earlier this month Let’s Make Games hosted its annual end-of-the-year party. The event was a smashing success; it was great seeing the majority of the Perth development community in one place again.

Thanks to everyone who turned up and we hope everyone enjoyed had a good time. We’ll see you next year!

Jumping because game development is awesome

Look at how much fun everyone is having. This is practically what the event was like the entire time.

Some 3D-printed gifts for several of the LMG team from local developer Chris McCormick

An additional thank you shout-out to Greg Mildenhall for his donation towards the event.

 

Game Dev Meetup this Sunday, 2pm at Frisk Small Bar in Northbridge

Frisk Bar map

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Several developers are meeting up this weekend for the Game Dev meetup at the Frisk Small Bar (http://frisksmallbar.com.au/) at 31/103 Francis Street, Northbridge.

We hope to see a few familiar faces there.

 

“Jam Like There’s No Tomorrow” – Christmas Game Jam

Several local developers have got together to start their own Game Jam from now (as of writing this, essentially) until December 14.

The Facebook group, if anyone is interested in joining and creating their own games, can be found at Jam Like There’s No Tomorrow.

 

Global Game Jam 2013 Coming Up Soon (January 25 – 27)

Global Game Jam 2013, January 25 - 27

The good people at the Global Game Jam have released a new trailer about the upcoming event, happening in slightly less than two months from now.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuWJe22RIK0]

Considering the success of the last Global Game Jam, we can’t wait to see what next year’s has in store. Stay tuned to Let’s Make Games for more information on the upcoming event.

 

Let’s Make Party THIS SUNDAY

First things first: a big THANK YOU to all of our generous sponsors and supporters of our Pozible campaign. The amount of support we get at our events and fundraising efforts is always incredibly heartening. Thanks to you guys, we’re able to host Perth’s premier game networking event with plenty of food and funtimes.

To add to our previous list of special sponsor shout-outs, we’d also like to thank:

  • Eric Spain
  • James Strauss
  • Hungry Sky
  • Jayeson Lee-Steere
  • Kamil Czajko
  • Wesley Lamont
  • Matthew Dyet

Party Time!

In case you need the details again, here’s the event info:

What: Let’s Make Games end of year party
When: Sunday 18th November, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Where: Terrace Bar, upstairs at Universal Bar & Cafe, 221 William Street (two doors up from the Brass Monkey)
How much?: Entry is free! (Bar is discounted for first two hours.)
RSVP: On Facebook!


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Showreel Reminder

Lastly, don’t forget to send us the URLs of your gameplay videos, teasers and trailers for our party showreel. We need all of your videos by Wednesday so that we have time to put it together.

See you all on Sunday!

 

LMG Party Corporate Sponsor – Rowan Parker

 

With only 4 days to go on our Pozible campaign, it’s time to introduce you to another of our corporate party sponsors: Rowan Parker. Rowan is a local game designer who currently works with the prolific Q-Games over in Japan.

Rowan’s team has just announced their upcoming title, PixelJunk 1-6. From their recent press release:

Q-Games, the developer responsible for the popular PixelJunk series of games (on PlayStation Network and Steam) today launched a developer blog promising to make the game development process more transparent to fans of the series. The blog, updated by PixelJunk 4am lead designer, Rowan Parker (with occasional contributions from other team members), will trickle out details about Q’s upcoming PixelJunk game, simply codenamed ‘1-6.’ The dev diary can be found at http://www.pixeljunk.jp/1-6.

And from the man himself:

I can’t be there in person (want to go!) but in lieu of that, I wanted everyone to have a drink and remember that it’s all about having fun making games. Really, it’s “all about the games”. Just have fun and “Cheers everyone!” >_</

Thanks Rowan, we appreciate the support!

LMG Party Corporate Sponsor – IGM AUS

We’d like to make a special thank you to our first corporate sponsor – Mark Isaacson from The Indie Game Magazine.

The Indie Game Magazine (IGM) is an independently owned indie game magazine and web publication. IGM strives to provide the hottest news, reviews and commentary for the most creative PC, Mac and Console games on the planet. For us, the best games around are those created by indie game developers.

IGM AUS is a brand new article series published weekly on IGM that will focus exclusively on Australian content, a country that continues to grow and thrive in the indie gaming scene. IGM AUS is proud to support the Australian gaming community in any way possible.

www.indiegamemag.com

Thanks to Mark from IGM for his support! Be sure to find him at the party on the 18th and give him your best indie news bits.

Party Updates

It’s Pozible!

With 7 days left on our Pozible campaign, we’re looking pretty tidy for an awesome end of year blowout, plus a little extra to go towards next year’s events. But there’s still plenty of time to show your support for Let’s Make Games. All funds raised will go directly towards the budgets of our 2013 free-entry events – if you like what we’ve been doing, help us do it some more next year!

A big thank you to all of our sponsors so far. We’ll be posting a special thank you blogpost at the end of the campaign for everyone who pledged, plus you’ll be hearing from our corporate sponsors soon! With such great support already, we’re really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the next week.

Show us your videos

We’re starting to collate videos for our YouTube showreel. Please send us the links to your YouTube trailers, gameplay videos and teasers, and we’ll add them to our playlist for everyone to see on the day. What better way to get people talking about your game than up on the big screen over a few drinks!

RSVPs & entertainment poll

Don’t forget to RSVP at our Facebook event page. And while you’re there, make a vote in our all-important poll – what entertainment would you like to see at the party? It looks like there’s a good division of folks who want to just sit and chill-out, and ninjitsu chop each other!

Licensed venue & accessibility

Lastly, just a quick reminder that the Universal Bar & Cafe is a licensed venue. As the bar will be open for guests to purchase drinks, anyone under the age of 18 will be required to be accompanied by an adult.To the best of our knowledge, there is no universal access to the upstairs Terrace Bar.

Community Events for October

Cortex Command Released

Local developer Chris Kruger of Kruger Heavy Industries has been working with Data Realms on Cortex Command, since 2008. It’s finally hit release, and is available on Steam, or for direct purchase from Data Realms. Chris worked initially on the Macintosh versions, general bug fixing and coding, helped out on the Linux version and more recently orchestrated its release on Steam.

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Direct Purchase: http://www.datarealms.com/games.htm

Steam Purchase: http://store.steampowered.com/app/209670/

 
Freedom Fall Trailer Released
Freedom Fall

Local development team Stirfire Studios and Lisa Rye have been working on a game called Freedom Fall set for release on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS sometime in the near future.

Both the game and trailer looks fantastic. We can’t wait until it’s released.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5j3bGeAMmI]

Website: http://www.freedomfall.com/

 
LMG End of Year Party Shout-outs and Celebrations
Thanks to all of the people that have backed the Pozible campaign for the Let’s Make Games End of Year Party. We have reached our pledged goal, with still a week to go.

A special thank you to the following awesome people:

  • Saxon Druce
  • Simon Boxer
  • John Chillemi
  • Garry Carrol
  • Melynda Sheldon
  • Kat Black
  • Tim Oliver
  • Richard Kong
  • Vicky Sweet
  • Samuel Thomas
  • Gnomic Studios
  • Jetha Chan

Just a reminder again to RSVP to the Facebook event, and that the date is on the 18th of November, at 3pm. Don’t miss it!