Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Freedom Fall a finalist for Australian Game Developer Awards

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Freedom Fall, winner of the 2013 WASA Best Game award, has been nominated as a finalist in the Australian Game Developer Awards.

The Perth-made game, created by artist Lisa Rye and published by Stirfire Studios, has been nominated in both the Best Design and Game of the Year categories.

The Australian Game Developer Awards, sponsored by Epic Games, are to be held on Tuesday 22nd October in conjuction with Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP), Australia’s premier game developer conference.

Best of luck to Lisa and the team at Stirfire for next week!

WA developers recieve travel support for Games Connect Asia Pacific 2013

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Four West Australian developers have been awarded GCAP Assist grants from Screen Australia to help with their travel costs to the Game Connect Asia Pacific 2013 conference next week.

Lisa Rye (Freedom Fall), Blake Simpson (Blitz Bandits), Anthony Sweet (Handwritten Games) and Jess Watson (Esperino) are four of the twenty-one Australian developers awarded full conference passes to GCAP and a travel subsidy grant thanks to the initiative between Screen Australia and GDAA.

WA development studio Black Lab Games also features as part of the GCAP conference as an Indie Sponsor.

Reminder: An EVEning with Cameron Royal tomorrow night!

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Don’t forget that our Q&A with Cameron Royal, Senior Programmer from CCP Games (EVE Online, DUST 514) is tomorrow night!

Cameron will be talking about how he got his job at CCP, working on largely popular properties like EVE Online, and providing a case study from his own development team. The presentation will be followed by a networking session, with refreshments provided.

What: An EVEning with Cameron Royal
When: Tuesday 15th October, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Scitech Discovery Centre, Lotterywest Theatre, Sutherland St, West Perth
Cost: Free!
RSVP: On Eventbrite.

Tickets are FREE and available through Eventbrite. There’s still time to book your seats!

Brave Kingdom released on Google Play

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Just three days after exhibiting at the WA Games Showcase, Entropic Entertainment have released Brave Kingdom on the Google Play store for Android devices. From the developer:

Explore a world of wonder and excitement, as you and your faithful pet, meet strange and interesting folks and take on the wild beasts and challenging quests of the Brave Kingdom.
Players can catch pets, do quests, learn magic, find treasure and craft items. Players can set off to vanquish foul beasts or simply collect herbs and flowers to make items and chat with the dynamic characters in Brave Kingdom.
Michelle from Entropic Entertainment has also let us know that Brave Kingdom will be available shortly on iOS and Ouya. For now, you can buy Brave Kingdom for Android on the Google Play store.

An EVEning with Cameron Royal

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Let’s Make Games is proud to present An EVEning with Cameron Royal, a Q&A session with the CCP Games Senior Programmer, on Tuesday October 15th. Cameron will be talking about how he started his career making games here in Perth, his work on the massively successful EVE Online, and it’s console counterpart, DUST 514.

Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite. Seats are limited, so booking is essential.

What: An EVEning with Cameron Royal
When: Tuesday 15th October, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Scitech Discovery Centre, Lotterywest Theatre, Sutherland St, West Perth
Cost: Free!
RSVP: On Eventbrite.

Thanks to our venue partners, Scitech, for hosting this event!

WA game developers supported by Screen Australia Games Fund

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Last week, Screen Australia announced the recipients of the first round for their Games Production funding. Among the winners are two WA games; Snow Spin by Ezone, and Zombie Outbreak Simulator by Binary Space.

We’re very happy to see WA game developers included in the list of twenty-one Australian titles, and we look forward to seeing further WA recipients over the next few years.

For any developers interested in finding out more about the process of putting an application in for the Games Funding program, Saxon at Binary Space posted this great article about his submission.

Congratulations to Ezone and Binary Space!

Reminder: WA Games Showcase is tomorrow!

Showcase_Event_HeaderThe WA Games Showcase is tomorrow! Come down to play the latest computer games, board games and virtual reality games from WA game creators. Featured at the showcase this year;

  • Oculus Rift virtual reality demos, including The Drowning Dungeons, Space Paranoids, Mansion of Madness and VR Sled 2013, all made by Perth developers at our very own VR Jam;
  • Playable exhibits of some of Perth’s best and upcoming games, including the WASA-winning Freedom Fall;
  • A screening of Perth-made Fallout fan film, Fallout: Lanius at 2pm, followed by a panel with director Wade K. Savage, cast and crew straight after.
  • Sausage sizzle!

What: WA Games Showcase 2013
When: Saturday 5th October, 1 – 4pm
Where: CIT East Perth campus, 140 Royal Street, East Perth
Cost: Free!
RSVP: On Facebook.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors; FTI, Sentient Computing, and CIT East Perth. We’ll see you all tomorrow!

 

Virtual Reality demos at WA Games Showcase

vroculusIf you’ve been keeping up with Let’s Make Games recently, you’ll know that we’ve been pretty excited about the Oculus Rift and the flurry of virtual reality development it has inspired. It’s no surprise then that we’re very pleased to bring the virtual reality experience to the WA Games Showcase this Saturday!

At the Showcase we’ll have up to four (!) Oculus Rift kits running, with a catalogue of demos and games to play, including some Perth-made games from our very own VR Jam.

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If you’re keen to try the latest in VR technology and games, then make sure to come by and experience it for yourself!

As always, thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting the WA Games Showcase; FTI, Sentient Computing, and venue sponsor CIT East Perth.