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Let’s Make Games: 2017 End of Year Party

The Let's Make Games logo, featuring a party hat and party horn. Image links to facebook page for Let's Make Games end of year party.

2017 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! WA has seen award winners at the Tokyo Games Show, the Australian Game Developer Awards, and a shortlisting in Board Game Australia’s Best Australian Game; not to mention several Women in Games Awards recipients! There have been a wide range of events throughout the year to keep us entertained, from PlayUp Perth to the Game Foundry, PotLucks to The Page, and of course the Perth Games Festival, Unconference and Global Game Jam. New opportunities have arisen through successful Kickstarters, microgrants, and jobs, but so too have some doors have closed.

So we would like to invite you, dear community, to join us in celebrating the year that was on Friday, Dec 8th. This is a casual event for all game-makers; come along and say hello, meet new people and have some fun!

What: Let’s Make Games End-Of-Year Gathering
When: Friday 8 December, 7pm till late
Where: The FireHouse, 48 Lake Street (corner of Francis & Lake) Northbridge
RSVP: via Facebook

Other Info: Light nibbles will be supplied, but BYO refreshments (alcohol or otherwise); a drinks fridge is available onsite.

 

♿ Accessibility: This venue is not wheelchair accessible, due to steps at each entrance. Volunteers are available to assist in moving mobility scooters or wheelchairs over these threshold, but we understand that this is not an optimal situation. We apologise for the inconvenience, and efforts will be made in future to better accomodate all community members.

 

Job Opportunities: Designer and Writer

Text reads: Undead Brute, Creature Concept. Image of two zombie variations from upcoming Binary Space game. They have skeleton faces and bones visible, with large malformed shoulders, right claw arm, and left foot. The zombie on the right includes a robotic right arm, powercells on it's back and a metal left eye socket with laser eye.

Following a successful search for a concept artist Binary Space now have two new positions open for a Game Designer and Writer to join their team. The creators of Zombie Outbreak Simulator are lining up a brand new zombie game and if you have the skills you could shape the apocalyptic future they create.

This is the very start of this game, and so together with the team you will have full creative control to make the game you want to make. We want to bring something new to the zombie genre, rather than the same old thing that’s been done to death.

You should be a fan of zombies – so you’ll know what makes zombies great, and also what’s been done so many times before that it’s time to do something else. We’ll discuss our current ideas for the game in more detail during the interview process, so you can get a better feel for whether this is the right project for you.

– via Saxon Druce, Binary Space

If you’re interested you can head on over to the Game Designer listing and Writer listing on the Binary Space website. Once you’ve done that, apply by sending an email the Binary Space team at jobs [a] binaryspacegames.com and include:

  • Links to online examples of your work (could be videos, or playable games);
  • If you have a portfolio of several projects, point out a couple that you are most proud of, or that you think are most relevant to this new zombie game;
  • Your resume (in PDF format, or a link if you have it online);
  • In your email, describe why you’re interested in this position.

 

Text Logo: Binary Space. URL links to Binary Space website.

#CTRLDEV – Talks with industry leaders

CTRLDEV4 500Let’s Make Games, with the support of our Principal Partner Screen Australia, are proud to present #CTRLDEV, a game development chat with industry leaders.

What: #CTRLDEV – A game development chat with industry leaders.
When: Sunday 23rd February, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Central Institute of Technology (East Perth), 140 Royal St., East Perth
Tickets: $40/$30 from Eventbrite

#CTRLDEV is a professional game development chat with international industry leaders. Two panel discussions will focus on the technical and career aspects of working in the games industry, to complement the narrative and storytelling discussions of The Game Changers series at the 2014 Perth Writers Festival.

Our guests are:

Clint Hocking (Canada – Far Cry 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory)
Jill Murray (Canada – Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag)
Dan Pinchbeck (UK – Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs)
Steve Gaynor (US – Bioshock Infinite, Gone Home)
Guy Gadney (Australia – Sherlock Holmes, The Suspect)

The panels will be divided into two sessions:

The Indie Session, all about getting an independent studio off the ground, and what it takes to make a game that can stand out with only a small number of developers.

The Studio Session, with discussions about finding jobs in a larger company, studio culture, and the production pipeline involved when working with internationally renowned and critically acclaimed franchises.

Both panel talks will have substantial time dedicated to Q&As from the audience, as well as a refreshments break in between.

Discounted #CTRLDEV tickets are available to attendees of any 2014 Perth Writers Festival The Game Changers series. For more details on ticket prices and event details, please go to the Eventbrite page.

 

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This event is possible thanks to our Principal Partner, Screen Australia, and the Perth International Arts Festival.

 

Let’s Make Games forums are live!

The Let’s Make Games forums are now live! We’ve had a lot of people ask us where they can:

  1. Post their work-in-progress games
  2. Find a job, work experience, or a like-minded development team
  3. Participate in game development competitions and challenges
  4. Chat about all sorts of randomness

Initially, we’d just make the same recommendation: “Post it to the PIGMI mailing list!” After all, it’s the anarchic cultural heart of the Perth indie game development scene and home to all kinds of community discussion.

Then we thought… maybe people want to see profiles of other members, and maybe they also want persistent threads that they can update and keep current, and maybe there is something else we can offer.

We’ve been testing the forums internally for a few weeks, assigning moderators, and making plans to keep them interesting. Here’s what we’ve come up with:

  • Minh will moderate the Jobs board, a place for people to advertise jobs (paid and unpaid) and look for work
  • Rich will moderate the Challenges board, where we will issue various game development challenges to the community!
  • We’ll also have General Chat and Games categories for discussion and posting of games (including works-in-progress).

So join in, introduce yourself, and start posting. 🙂