Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Last day for free public VR demos

Come on down tomorrow (1-3pm Saturday 24 August 2013) for the last public open day of the VR Jam Perth Playtest Hub. It’s a great opportunity to try out the Oculus Rift, and experience the cutting edge of Virtual Reality technology.

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Thanks again to our sponsors and supporters (Oculus/IndieCade, Gresley Abas, and Red Griffin Games) and all of our volunteers (Minh, James, Nigel, Greg, Bobby – apologies if I’ve missed anyone).

It’s been a challenging and exciting past 3 weeks. Good luck to all the jammers who will be submitting their entries this weekend!

Freeplay Awards submissions now open

The Freeplay Festival is Australia’s longest running independent games festival, held annually in Melbourne. Along with the weekend conference, the festival is responsible for the Freeplay Awards, a games competition open to all Australian independent developers, artists and students, with categories including Visual Art, Technical Innovation, and Non-Digital Game.

Submissions to the Freeplay 2013 Awards are now open, and close September 8th. Entry is free. Details for eligibility and entry can be found at the Freeplay Awards website.

Experience Virtual Reality this Saturday!

Perth VR Jam is having another public open day, where you can stop by to try out the latest in VR technology and playtest locally developed VR games!

Here are the details:

  • Time/Date: 1pm-3pm Saturday 17 August 2013
  • Location: 816 Hay Street (upstairs and to the right)
  • Cost: FREE

Perth VR Jam Update

It’s been a big week for the VR Jam Perth Hub. We received four development kits from Oculus/IndieCade so now everyone who wants to make VR games in Perth can have access to a headset for testing. That’s awesome!

Perth VR Jammers have been working for almost two weeks now on their games for the Oculus/IndieCade VR Jam, and some are looking pretty sweet indeed. Most games should be playable tomorrow, so stop by to try out:

  • A “reverse dungeon crawler” in which you solve puzzles to escape up through levels of a dungeon being flooded with water
  • A bob-sleigh game in which you have to lean and turn to stay on a high-speed downhill track
  • The Manor of Madness! Can you escape the manor while keeping your sanity?
  • Hang-glide your way through a serene virtual environment
  • Defend your tower from waves of enemies who attack from all directions
  • … and more! 😀

There’s a milestone due tomorrow (gameplay videos), and we will be posting videos to the VR Jam Perth Hub tumblr. So follow us at:

Getting here!

We’ve put together a small photo gallery to help you find the VR Jam Perth Hub and to give you an idea as to what to expect:

Thank you, thank you!

Thanks again to our venue sponsor, Gresley Abas. The VR Jam would not have been possible without the fantastic space you’ve provided for us. Be sure to check out the other cool stuff they are doing when Open House Perth comes around.

A huge thanks also to our prize sponsor, Red Griffin Games. They’re just a quick walk down Hay Street, so be sure to stop by to let them know you appreciate their support for the VR Jam Perth Hub. The store is a huge geek/gamer paradise. 🙂

VR Jam Public Demonstrations today, 1pm – 3pm

The game developers participating in the Oculus & IndieCade VR Jam have been working steadily on their virtual reality projects for a week now, and will be demonstrating their games this afternoon at the Let’s Make Games VR Jam Hub in the city.

If you’re interested in checking out the newest in VR technologies and what WA developers are doing with it, make sure to visit the Hub during the public demonstrations today and every Saturday until September 24th.

VR Jam Public Demonstrations

  • Dates: Every Saturday until September 24th
  • Location: 816 Hay Street, Perth (Upstairs and to the right, look for our sign!)
  • Opening Hours: Public demonstrations every Saturday between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
  • Contact: Via our online form or email to

FTI hiring Interactive Production Officer

The Film & Television Institute of WA is looking to hire an Interactive Production Officer, to provide support to screen practitioners working in games, interactive digital storytelling and non-traditional forms of screen storytelling.

Applications for the position close on September 2nd. More details and the job listing can be found on the FTI website.

Freedom Fall announced winner of WASA Best Game

In a glitzy ceremony last Friday, the inaugural Best Game award winner was announced for the WA Screen Awards.

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The winner on the night was Freedom Fall! Congratulations to the Stirfire team, as well as the runner-ups, pvi collective, WRK Studios and Gnomic Studios. It’s great to see games so visibly included in this celebration of the local West Australian screen sector!

GCAP dates and speaker proposals

The dates for this year’s Game Connect Asia Pacific have been announced, and are currently looking for submissions for both hour-length speakers, and 25 minute “intensive” workshops.

GCAP is one of Australia’s largest developer-oriented game events, and includes workshop tracks across multiple disciplines, including Tech, Art, Design and Business. The theme for this year’s GCAP is “Stories”, and the personal experiences of game developers.

The speaker proposal submission paper can be found here. Details for the event below.

Game Connect Asia Pacific 2013

  • Date: 21-23 October 2013
  • Venue: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • Website: www.gcap.com.au