Monthly Archive for April, 2014

Games wanted for the Interstate Arcade

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Remember when playing a multiplayer game meant gathering around either an arcade cabinet or your friend’s TV, and excitedly yelling at one another as you battled it out? If you have (or want to develop) a video game that thrives on this social experience, the folks at SK Games are offering you the opportunity to share it with people across Australia.

Over the course of two months, SK Games plans to visit four cities across the country to set up their arcade and showcase Australian-made games for free. The crew have 8 arcade cabinets in total, ranging from projector-based displays to cocktail-table style designs; these machines all run from a mid-range windows PC, and they want to use them to show off your games! From the simple and fun to the artistic and extravagant, SK want to help take your social gaming experience on the road.

What: SK Games Interstate Arcade Tour featuring your games
When: MELB (4-9 Nov), SYD (12-17 Nov), BRIS (21-26 Nov) & PERTH (5-12 Dec)
Where: Venues still to be confirmed
Cost: 
Free to showcase your games; Free to attend!
RSVP: Sign up by 10th of June; Submit by 12th of September, 2014

If you are interested in having your game travel across the country, head on over to the Interstate Arcade Developers page for the FAQs, Cabinet specs and other details.

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Entries now open for the WA Screen Awards

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Have you (or someone you know) released a game or other such creative thing in the last year? Entries are now open for the 26th WA Screen Awards (WASA), and the Film and Television Institute WA (FTI) are on the prowl for the best and brightest productions in the state. Creative West Australian works delivered from 1st January 2013 through to 31st March 2014 can be entered for consideration, with eligible forms of entertainment including games, interactive works, web series, videos, feature films, short films, music, television production and documentary.

Stirfire STudio wins the 2013 WASA for Best Game!

Last year’s awards saw several top notch Perth titles battle it out for the crown of ‘Best Game’, including the likes of Orbeats,  Square Off and deviator. However in the end the inaugural award went to the irrepressible force that is Freedom Fall (PC) by Stirfire Studios.

All the info on entering a Game:

  • Categories: Games can be entered into the Best Game category, as well as other relevant areas such as Best Original Music, Best Script and Best Production Design, provided that they are entered into the ‘long form’ category.
  • Cost: The cost of entering work into the Best Game category is $85 for non FTI members and $42.50 for FTI members*, while the other categories are generally priced at $45 for non members / $22.50 for FTI Members*.
  • Entry content: Entries can be on any gaming platform, however in order to play the games judges may contact entrants to coordinate access to a demo, redemption codes or hardware as appropriate. It is worth noting the initial online judging requires an online link to a video demo of the gameplay, which must be provided with the original entry.

Other handy notes for entrants:

  • Made in WA: In terms of what constitutes a WA-made piece of media, either the Production needs to have been based largely in WA (in terms of the personnel involved, location and/or funding) OR a WA-identifying Individual can enter their work, even if the production they were a part of was based elsewhere. Vague? Yes, but that’s the point! The FTI are keen on being inclusive of works produced from our peeps in one way or another.
  • *Membership Discount: As far as price is concerned, non-members are encouraged to apply for FTI membership prior to entering, so that they may benefit from the 50% member discount. The total cost of a standard membership and a (member discounted) long form entry equates to only $7 more than the solo entry price for non members. Plus for Students, Concession card holders and Minors this cost is even less. This means that for almost the same price you can enter your game, and get such membership perks as access to the FTI Library, registration in the Crew Database, and event/training/productions discounts. If these kinds of benefits seem right up your alley, head on over to the FTI membership page for more details.
  • Award Ceremony: And finally, one last thing to note is that all award nominees will also receive a complimentary ticket to the awards ceremony so that they can party the night away. Woo!

To find out more:

For more information, including a full list of all the categories and costs, head on over to the WA Screen Awards page. Or if you’re all ready and raring to go, the online entry form is available here. Goodluck!

Applications for the WA Screen Awards close 30 April, 2014.

SK Games Bush Bash Launch

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The folks at SK Games may have only crashed onto the Perth scene recently, but they have certainly made an impact. The studio’s website is now officially up and running, providing not only updates on their latest Bar SK shenanigans, but also allowing you to download their Gun Dash game for free.

BAR SK Bush Bash Event

This weekend SK will be running their final backyard bar event before the rains begin. As per usual there will be a host of cool folks to chat with and a collection of cheap drinks to choose from. This time round they will also be launching their latest title ‘Bush Bash‘, a car game housed in the huge metal carcass of a real car.

What: Bar SK ‘Bush Bash’ Launch
When: Saturday, April 12. 6pm – 10pm
Where: SK Games. 167 Fitzgerald St, Perth.
Cost: Free! Max capacity 75 people.

For more information of the Bush Bash event check out the official Facebook event. Otherwise you can keep up to date on latest SK Games happenings through their website or facebook page.

Freedom Fall on Amazon Fire TV

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You may have heard last week that Amazon has decided to branch out into gaming, with the Amazon Fire TV set to feature a variety of games in addition to a host of shows and movies. What you might not know is that Perth’s very own Freedom Fall by Stirfire Studios is one of 134 titles selected to launch the device’s gaming feature, sitting alongside the likes of Minecraft Pocket Edition and The Walking Dead.

Freedom Fall designer, writer and artist Lisa Rye says, “Bringing Freedom Fall to the Amazon Fire as a launch title has been a wonderful opportunity – we were thrilled to see the game running on a big TV with full HD graphics. Now you can be taunted by the princess in the comfort of your living room!”

This latest version of Freedom Fall has been fully optimised for the Fire TV’s controller, and also features leaderboards, brand new levels and a shiny HD finish. Freedom Fall is available now on Amazon Fire TV for $US 6.95, as well as being on Steam, iOS, Android and Ouya.

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