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Writing for Games and Interactive Course, plus Scholarship Opportunity for Women

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Let’s Make Games is proud to announce the Writing for Games Scholarship for Women! One successful applicant will receive a fully-paid ticket to FTI’s upcoming Writing for Games & Interactive Course. The course is being taught by Anthony Sweet (owner of Handwritten Games, lead designer at Black Lab Games), and will run every Wednesday evening for six weeks.

What: Writing for Games and Interactive Course
When: Wed 15th Feb- Wed 22nd March (6 week course)
Where:  48 Lake Street, Northbridge
Standard Costs: $180 Members | $230 General Admission

What does the course cover?

This course includes practical hands-on course material and feedback sessions that will get you started on your road to writing interactive stories. You will also learn tools and processes used for writing and making games, including an introduction to Twine, the open-source program for creating interactive stories. By the end of the course, students will have learned the skills required to develop their own interactive fiction game in Twine, ready to playtest and publish to the internet.

Full details are available from the FTI page. There are still spaces available for the course, whether you wish to apply for the scholarship or are keen to take it on solo.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship comes as a measure to help address the gender imbalances present in the global industry, and to help foster a welcoming environment for everyone in our local community.

Applications can be made via this Google Docs form.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Monday, February 13th.

Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Special

Playup Perth: GGJ Edition

Curious about what kinds of games can be made in just one weekend? Come find out by playing them at the next Playup Perth this Friday! A range of entertaining games on the theme of ‘waves’ will there for you to play, all made in just a few days by teams at our Global Game Jam site!

What: Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Edition
When: Friday, Febuary 3rd. 6pm till late.
Where:  The Nostalgia Box, 3/16 Aberdeen St, Perth
Cost: $7 (FTI members) / $10 (regular)
Tickets: Available Here

NOTE: This is an 18+ event as there will be discounted drinks for sale
Also, The Nostalgia Box is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Games that were recently developed at the Perth marathon of the Global Game Jam will be featured, including PC/Screen games that involve escaping from an abandoned facility (Cortex), fighting your way through the dark by shooting beams of light (Pulse), running a kitchen at a busy diner (Microwave-O-Rama) and a party monster summoned to bring sick waves to the beat of even sicker music (Call of Coolthulu: Makin Waves). And more! Check out the ENTIRE line-up of games available to be playtested HERE.

To keep up-to-date with playtest events for new and yet-to-be-released games, be sure to check out the Playup Perth website.

Join us January 20-22, for Global Game Jam 2017 @ SAE Institute Perth

Global Game Jam 2017 at SAE Northbridge

It’s that time once again, where keen game-makers around the world get together for one glorious weekend of developing; Global Game Jam! Join us at SAE Institute Perth, and team up with folks you know or make new friends to get creative. Regardless of skill level, and whether you’re an artist, sound designer, programmer, animator, 3D modeller, designer, generalist, or any other form of passionate creator – rest assured you will be immersed in an excellent game development experience!

What: Global Game Jam 2017
When: 20th – 22nd January
Where: SAE Institute Perth, 116-120 Roe St, Northbridge WA 6003
Cost: $15

Sign Up: Register with Global Game Jam and complete LMG’s Sign Up Form.
Facebook: Get your updates here.

How does it work?

Everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then the secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

As per always, we will have plenty of space for you to bring your laptop or desktop to hook up and jam away. You can order food with us when you sign up, and there will also be eating spaces, room to sleep, and on-site security.

 

 What do I bring?

  • Computer(s)/laptop(s)
  • Art tools
  • Software tools and APIs
  • Snack food and drinks (water!) [limited snacks provided]
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Various changes in clothes
  • Anything required for sleeping arrangements

For More Details…

More information can be found on our Global Game Jam page, however if you have any specific questions please contact

It’s Party Time!

End of Year Party 2016. <sub>Original Image with thanks to Just Bens Photos

 Nintendo Gameboy Pocket by Just Bens Photos  

It’s that time of year again, where Perth game-makers and aficionados can unite to catch up, relax and talk shop at the excellent End of Year Party! In 2016 we’re holding the event with the wonderful folks at FTI and The Nostalgia Box, so look forward to playing locally-made games and having a good time together.

THE PLAN:

Catching up with other developers is only part of the fun, as there will be be food, games, cheap drinks, and a whole lot of fun! There will even be a dev Kris Kringle (bring along a little $5 gift to give, and you too will be provided with a present).

What: End of Year Party!
When: Friday Dec 9th, 6pm till late
Where: The Nostalgia Box, Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10* Entry ($7 for FTI Members) via Eventbrite.

Extra Details: Spaces are limited, so get your tickets ASAP! Also please note that this is an 18+ Event.

*(Ticket prices go towards hiring the venue, but for devs unable to cover the cost of entry, please get in and we’ll ensure you are able to come along)

BONUS: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

We are keen to ensure that there’s food and fun for everyone on the night, but as a volunteer-run organisation we need your help. If you are a local studio or developer, this is a great opportunity to support the games community and have some fun; In return you get your logo shared with a special thanks on the night, plus through the LMG website and Playup Perth’s mailing list, and of course you will a ticket the party!

PLAYUP PERTH GAMES FOR THE NIGHT:

Playup Perth End of Year Party Banner

Here’s a look at the local games you’ll get to play on the night. Special thanks to FTI’s Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie for her hard work behind the scenes coordinating the evening, and of course the devs who will be sharing their wares with us on the night.

Be sure to grab your tickets asap because space will be limited. We look forward to seeing you on the night and celebrating another year in the games industry together!

The 2016 Perth Games Festival Wrap Up!

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The Perth Games Festival is over for another year, and now that we have all had a good, long rest it’s time to take a look back at the day that was! This year more than 30 exhibitors filled out the Perth Town Hall, showcasing a truly diverse range of 60+ games. Over 1600 people braved the blustery October day to play a game or two (or three!), chase down some achievement badges, and settle into the comfort of the City of Perth Library to listen to a panel.

To wrap up this wonderful event we have a timelapse video for you, a huge collection of photographs, the social media buzz, plus the Perth Games Festival feature on West TV’s Undercurrent. See if you can find yourself on the amongst the games and gamers!

The Timelapse


The Photos

Despite stormy weather and other events around town, the festival once again drew a huge crowd of game lovers to the Perth Town Hall. There are plenty more than the photos below, be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab any pics of yourself), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album.


 In the News

The Perth Games Festival has once again caught the attention of a number of sites, and has even been featured on WTV’s UnderCurrent. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews that we have seen around:


The Tweets on the Streets

The people of Perth were keen to spread the festival love, taking to social media to share their experiences of the event. Here are just some of the cool things that were shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

 


Final Word

Let’s Make Games would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to the festival committee for organising the event, the volunteers for lending their time to help the day run smoothly, the developers for making such amazing games, the panelists for sharing their knowledge and experiences, the sponsors for supporting the event, and last but not least the over 1600 people who attended the festival. Thank you all for coming out to support Western Australian game developers, and for showing how much games mean to the community!

Don’t forget to visit the Perth Games Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on post-festival news, and to keep an eye on news for next year!

Knowledge Week: VR, AR & Games

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Knowledge Week is coming up, with events designed to celebrate Perth’s achievements in technology, education and innovation. For those interested in stepping into the gaming realities of the future, a special workshop is scheduled on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Games.

Join game designer and entrepreneur Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie in this intensive hands-on workshop, where you will gain direct insight into the future of games. You will think and see the world like a game designer, learn about the most exciting virtual and augmented-reality game projects, and even try your hand at Stirfire Studios’ locally created VR game, Symphony of the Machine. There are limited spaces, so book soon.

What: VR, AR & Games Workshop
When: Friday, 21 October 2016. 9am – 1:15pm.
Where: City of Perth Library, Auditorium
Tickets: $99  (includes light refreshments) available here.

For more details on this workshop, or the other events set for Knowledge Week, simply head on over to the official event page.

Perth Games Festival: Exhibitor and Speaker Applications Open!

Are you a game-maker based in Western Australia? Whether you are a student or studio, indie developer or hobbyist, the Perth Games Festival is all about showcasing locally-made games! This means games for computers and consoles, mobiles and tablets, tabletop and card games, VR experiences, pervasive games and even arcade machines.

Applications are now open for Exhibitors and Speakers at the 2016 Perth Games Festival. So come join us on October 1st at Perth Town Hall, and showcase your works to thousands of people.

Banner: The Perth Town Hall, filled with people crowding around various game screens and tables. A screen hangs above the stage, showing the image of local game 'Paradigm'

Exhibitor Applications

Full details on the Exhibitor packages can be found here on the Perth Games Festival website. Or if you want to get straight into applying…

→ Simply fill in the online Exhibitor Application here!

Once your application has been received, the Festival Committee will get back to you shortly to confirm your place at the event. Following this, you just need to send through x3 Screenshots of your game by Sept 7th, and payment is required by Sept 23rd. If you have any questions, the Festival Exhibit Manager Cassie will be happy to assist.

 

Banner: A roof people sit, watching a panel talk.

Speaker Applications

Is there a topic you would like to see covered one of the Panels at the Perth Games Festival? Suggestions relating to all aspects of game development and related topics are welcome, from design to marketing, coding to community support and everything in between.

→ If you have a topic you would like to discuss or see discussed, fill in the Speaker Application here!

Sessions may take the form of a lecture, panel discussion or workshop. Or if you have an idea for something a little different don’t hesitate to suggest it too! If you have any questions relating to the Talks at the festival, our Content Manager Vivien will be happy to answer them.

 

Assistance Packages

If you are a game developer from regional Western Australia, or otherwise require financial support, please let us know. Let’s Make Games is a community organisation focussed on supporting Western Australian developers; we want all WA game-makers to have the opportunity to share their work with the public, and we understand that not everyone can afford the full fees and insurance costs associated with exhibiting.

If you have any questions regarding the assistance packages, simply contact the Festival Coordinator Jess (yep, that’s me!). We want to make sure that all local developers get the opportunity to showcase their games, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

Playup Perth Saturday #11

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Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? Playup Perth is back again, this time with a range new locally-made tabletop games for you to try out.

What: Playup Perth Saturday #11
When: Saturday, 30th July, 1-4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street Perth
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an all ages event (Players 12 and under will need to be accompanied by a guardian)

Featured Games

  • Blocaganda, by Eeshwar Rajagopalan
    A 2-4 player strategy game where you blast your message across all forms of media to influence the public to make you into the mayor!
  • Snakez, by RAEZ
    A game where players control snakes around a board gaining size from eating power ups — but where larger snakes become more powerful and harder to control with small snakes more versatile!
  • Monte Carlo, by Darren Broad
    A casino-themed card game for 2-5 players. Play cards in a common area & place chips to manipulate their values to achieve your goals and win money.

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You can grab tickets for this battle of the boardgame via Eventbrite, or at the door on the day.  And if you’re interested in playing more locally-made games in the future, or testing out your very own games-in-progress, head on over to the Playup Perth website.

The Page: June Meetup

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The Page is a back again, with another meet-up event in Perth for writers, narrative designers and creatives interested in games and digital storytelling. The theme for this month’s meetup is “Normal”, so what is normal anyway?

Normality in games means something completely different than normality anywhere else. In a media form saturated in heroics and grand scale derring-do, what does it mean to Press A to brush your teeth?

Let’s talk about how games handle mundanity of everyday life, and what constitutes normality in game worlds. Are we over-saturated with magic and spaceships? What happens when a game embraces mundanity, like Gone Home or Firewatch?

What: The Page – June Meetup
When: Saturday, 25 June. Starting 1pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE!

For more details, head on over to the June Meetup event page.
You can also stay up to date with their plans and all things narrative via their main Facebook page.

IGDA Webinar Wednesday: Contemporary Issues in Game Design

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The International Game Developers Association runs regular handy talks for game developers by game developers. In next week’s #WebinarWednesday on Contemporary Issues in Game Design, WA-based game-maker Matthew Dyet of Citrus Shark will be sharing his experiences of making serious games.

Serious Games Don’t Need To be Serious

Serious Games have a reputation for being boring word dumps ending in a questionnaire asking what you learned. Our games fluctuate between trying to teach too much and being very little fun, or being great fun and teaching too little. In this talk, we’ll find a happy medium between education and fun, examine how a local West Australian company has remained successful by making fun learning experiences, and provide a solid argument for not being so serious about our serious games.

What: Serious Games Don’t Need To be Serious Webinar
When: Thursday, 30th June, 2016. 8am – 10am
Where: ~coming to you via your computer~
Registration: Free via IGDA

Other talks in the series include “The Presence and Absence of Chronic Health Conditions in Videogames” and “A Biologist’s Perspective on Creativity – and Science – in Game Design”. For all the details, head on over to the webinar event page on IGDA’s site.