Monthly Archive for February, 2018

Free Game Dev Coworking Space

A television mounted to the wall, with the text "loading.space" with an image of a progress bar filling up beneath it. URL links to game dev coworking space facebook page

Introducing Loading Space!

Let’s Make Games are returning in 2018 with an exciting co-working hub known as LOADING SPACE! This weekly event means everyone can get together, work on cool stuff, and just generally enjoy being a developer in Perth.

What: Loading Space Coworking Thursday
Who: Any and all game-makers (devs, hobbyists, students & more!)
When: Thurs, 10am – 9:30pm (All ages welcome, but 18+ from 6:30pm)
Where: 48 Lake St, Northbridge
Cost: Free!!

For updates, join the Loading Space Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

What do I need to bring?

If you want to join us just bring what you need to work on, be it tech or analog (pen and paper is still awesome).  Let us know if you need a loaner laptop or PC as we do have some limited capacity there.

Loading Space is operated by Let’s Make Games and powered by Stirfire Studios.  We are able to run this initiative thanks to a group of dedicated and reasonably cool volunteers. We will be looking to grow this space over time, so if you’re a developer or studio interested in seeking a long-term work space solution, email the group at  loading.space@letsmakegames.org

Perth band release their second music video game, Bones Burial Service

A top-down game screenshot, a man holds a shovel and stands over a hole in the dirt with a rolled up carpet in it.

Perth punk band Furniture are at in again, having released a new ‘music video game’ to accompany their EP Sorry bout the Mess” Following on from their first light-hearted title Derek’s Gonna Make it Rain, Bones Burial Service takes a sinister turn and tasks you with some criminal level discarding.

“Furniture’s Bone Disposal Service, is darker in tone, pitting the player and a ute tray full of bodies against security guards, the Australian bush and a ticking clock, while the vocals howl over the song’s frenetic refrain: I’m breaking / my bodies got a lot of bones.”

Bones Burial Service is out now for free on Android. You can also check out Furniture’s official EP announcement here or head on over to BandCamp to catch their tunes.

Play games that were made in just one weekend at After the Jam!

Global Game Jam 2018 went off amazingly well with the theme of “Transmission,” making for great collection of interesting games. 80 jammers created over 30 games across one weekend (which you can check out here), but alas we did not get time to play each other’s games after the event!  Therefore Let’s Make Games shall once again be having an annual “After the Jam” event, where everyone is invited to come enjoy this eclectic mix of creative games made super quickly.

Global Game Jam Perth: After the Jam!

  • Where: Nostalgia Box, 3 18/16 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6000
  • When: 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 10th February
  • Tickets: Free for Jammers, $10 for everyone else via Eventbrite.
  • RSVP: via the Facebook Event
  • Please note: This will be a alcohol free event.

Without the assistance of our sponsors, SAE Institute Perth and The Nostalgia Box, Let’s Make Games could not have had this years’ global game jam at all. A special thanks also goes to the very kind people at Pixel Sift who wrote up an article about the jammers, and Gamecloud who sent serial jammer Nick Ballantyne to jam with us and tell everyone how it all went down.

We hope to see everyone at After the Jam!

Job Opportunity: QA Tester

Studio logo: Black Lab Games

Black Lab Games, the Perth studio behind Battlestar Galactica Deadlock and Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, are on the look out for a Quality Assurance Tester to join their team. Late January they put a call out for expressions of interest for the role, so if you think you’re up to the challenge get your application in asap!

Details below straight from the studio…

 

“If you enjoy breaking games – and helping put them back together in better shape – and want to work with a team with a proven track record of success, we’d like to hear from you!

Here’s what you’ll be doing:
  • Test new and existing game features, and assist the development team with resolving bugs and improving the user experience.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of QA testing plans
  • Be an advocate for quality, ensuring the best experience for players
Ideally, you will:
  • Be able to communicate well with programmers and designers in a small team environment
  • Have a logical and thorough approach to problem solving
  • Have past professional experience as a software tester.
  • Have a deep familiarity with games and gaming conventions on multiple platforms
Bonus Points:
  • You’ll also be a fan of strategy games (or at least have an understanding of the genre).

We are looking for someone to join on a part time basis initially, with the possibility to extend to a full time role in the future. The role is based in our studio in the Perth northern suburbs.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

If this sounds like your thing, please send your expression of interest and CV to jobs [AT] blacklabgames.com.au “