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August Unity Roadshow

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Join the good folks from Unity as they visit Perth to share insights into upcoming features. You’ll get the good word on Timeline, Cinemachine, Mixed Lighting Modes and The Post-processing Stack, and meet Unity Product Evangelist John Sietsma.

What: Unity Roadshow
When: 24 August, 2pm – 5pm.
Where: Novotel Perth Langley, 221 Adelaide Terrace Perth
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite (Be sure to book; spaces are limited)

Come along and learn…

  • Timeline – Add cutscenes and gameplay sequences to your game. Timeline allows you to visually arrange audio, animation, cameras, particles and more giving power to artists and designers to create and tweak game content.
  • Cinemachine – Create cinematics to your game without any coding. Cinemachine is a camera system that will choose the best shot for you. It will blend seamlessly between set shots, gameplay cameras and dolly cameras.
  • The Post-processing Stack – Create film quality colour-grading, tone-mapping and full-screen effects to lift the visual quality of your games
  • Mixed Lighting Modes – Mix static and dynamic lighting to get the best balance between performance and quality.

For more information, visit the Unity Roadshow Perth page or check out their Eventbrite.

Virtual Reality with Hungry Sky: An Artistic Perspective on VR

Join local studio Hungry Sky as they share insight into creating Virtual Reality scenes from an artist’s perspective. After hearing about the process you will also get to see the results, with a live demonstration where you can jump into the virtual realist experience yourself.

FORM and Hungry Sky invite artists, programmers, designers and curious minds of Perth to join us in the discovery of virtual reality technology as a vehicle for art.
Exploring the process of collaboration between an artist and a programmer, this experience will walk the audience through the steps of creating a virtual artwork, uncovering the opportunities and limitations of this platform.

What: Virtual (Art) Reality: FORM Session with Hungry Sky
When: Saturday 19th August. 10am-12pm
Where: The Goods Shed, Cnr Shenton Rd and Claremont Crescent, Claremont
Cost: This is a free event with limited seats. Email to book yours.

For more details on this discussion of virtual reality, head on over to the facebook event page for this session.

Explore inside a Plant Cell with Virtual Reality, at Perth Science Festival!

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Shrink down to the cellular level, and explore inside a Virtual Plant Cell this weekend at the Perth Science Festival! This big microscopic adventure one of many FREE activities being held as part of Nation Science Week, and it was created by an excellent team of local experts from the from the AVRL in association with The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

Enter the Virtual Plant Cell and explore the submicroscopic inner world of a plant…in an immersive and interactive way, at Perth Science Festival!

What: Virtual Plant Cell, as part of the Perth Science Festival
When: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August. 10am-4pm
Where: (Pavillion 6) Perth Convention Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Cost: Free!

For more details, visit the facebook event or you can follow Virtual Plant Cell on facebook. To get in the zone for inner plant exploration, check out the trailer video below!

Usurper of Modern Medicine: Audio Augmented Reality Exhibition and Launch

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Listen to the latest in post-rock while watching an augmented reality experience play out on top of the vinyl itself, at the Usurper of Modern Medicine’s AR App Exhibition + Launch Party Friday August 11, 2017. Check out the tunes, try out the AR experience, and if you enjoy it you can buy your very own copy of the vinyls for a take-home audio and AR experience.

‘Everything is Nothing’ is an interactive experience rendering Liam Dee’s artwork in realtime dynamic 3D. Purchase the vinyl record, download the application your iOS or Android device and point your camera at your turntable to begin the rhythmic touch and sensor based game that plays out in your own listening space.

What: Usurper of Modern Medicine’s AR App Exhibition + Launch Party
When: Friday, August 11 2017. 8PM till late
Where: Little Wing Corner Gallery, 263 Hay Street, Subiaco
Cost: Free, and you can RSVP via Facebook

If this sounds like your kind of jam, you can download the AR app now on iOS and Android for free before you head off to the launch party. You can also check out the preview video below for a glimpse into the reality you are about to enter.

Banishment Card Game Launch Night

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Celebrate the release of a locally made demon-denouncing card game, Friday August 25, with the Banishment Launch Party. Host by Dark Mirror Games, folks who supported the game on Kickstarter can pick up their copies, or if you have yet to try it out now is the best time to get in on the otherworldly action!

What: Banishment Launch Party
When: 7pm – 10pm, Friday August 25th 2017
Where: Quenda Games, 31 Victoria St, Midland WA, Australia

For more details, check out the official facebook event. You can also head to the Dark Mirror Games website to find out more about this exciting game of rituals and unruly demons.

The Page: August Meetup

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Interested in interactive writing? The Page is a Perth-based meetup for writers, narrative designers and creatives who are involved or interested in games and digital storytelling. Their next event is on Saturday, August 5th and the theme of their discussion is “Repeats”.

Remakes, remasters, sequels, prequels – it’s obvious gamers love playing in familiar worlds. But should we be encouraging return play? As developers, are we required to continue supporting a game after it has had it’s run? Are new projects and new worlds really where the excitement is? And why are we as creators drawn by the allure of creating something brand new?

The Page is open to all practicing writers and enthusiasts.

What: The Page – August Meetup
When: Saturday, 5 August. Starting 1pm
Where: 48 Lake St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
Tickets: FREE!

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

Let’s Celebrate Scott Ludlum at our First Sundowner

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Let’s Make Games will be running our first sundowner event at Level One this Friday July 21st, (un)officially titled “Let’s Make Games and Drink Responsibly.”  This event is the start of a series of casual, semi-regular meetups where developers can come along, share a drink and chat without the need to do any work! Set to run on the third Friday of every month, these meetups will be happening from this point onward unless a Playup Perth event is scheduled to run.

Celebrating Scotty: Due to Senator Scott Ludlam’s recent decision to step down from the Federal Senate, we will also be taking the opportunity to celebrating his career to date. Ludlam has been a champion for the Australian games industry, and a driving force behind the Inquiry into the future of Australia’s video game development industry.

What: Let’s Make Games Developer Meetup #1
Where: Level One, 48 Lake St Northbridge.
When: 5pm – 8pm, Friday July 21st.
What to Bring: Some drinks if you want them, there are liquor stores nearby but please don’t over-do things.
RSVP: via Facebook

This event is being run with thanks to the support of Stirfire Studios.

 

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock AMA

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Black Lab Games will be answering questions from Battlestar Galactica Deadlock fans with a live Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ event 11am this Thursday, July 20th. For those outside of Australia, the set your watches for Wednesday 8pm PST / 11pm EST.

The developers of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock will take part in an IAmA on Reddit. Ask Us Anything! From lore to gameplay, no subject is taboo. Don’t be afraid to ask: we will answer all questions at the best of our ability!

It is your chance to learn all there is to know on the game and how it fits in the Battlestar Galactica canon storyline!

To join in this early intelligence-gathering mission, head on over to the main Reddit AMA page and keep an eye out for the Battlestar subreddit this Thursday!

Navigating Interactive Writing, with Christy Dena and Leena van Deventer

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Gain insight into wielding words for interactive mediums in Navigating Interactive Writing, brought to you by the Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Australian Writers’ Guild. Two award-winning writer/ game designers, Christy Dena and Leena van Deventer, will be visiting Perth for this free event to share their knowledge and talk about their experiences writing for games, books, film, digital and theatre projects.

What: Navigating Interactive Writing
When: Saturday, July 15. 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: The Creative Hub, Level 2, 30 Fielder St, East Perth, WA
Tickets: Free via the AWG website

Writing for interactivity can present many challenges to the newcomer, and involves shedding a lot of what we’ve always been taught about storytelling. Are beginning, middle, and end, really essential? Do we need to move in straight lines anymore? Is conflict really essential? Join our guest of games and interactive writing as she leads you through the basics of changing your mindset to level up your writing by including interactivity and reader agency into your stories!

For all the details, or to book your tickets, head on over to the official event page on the Australian Writers’ Guild site or join the facebook event page.

AVRL Virtual Reality Event, Presented by Stirfire Studios

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Delve into the world of virtual reality, and find out what it takes to create and release VR content thanks to AVRN. Meet local developers from Stirfire Studios as they talk about their experience creating a VR game, after which you can try out the PlayStation VRs and an Oculus Rift with Touch controllers yourself!

What: Jamming towards an Ensemble: Creating Symphony of the Machine
When: 
Tues 11th July 2017, starting 6pm
Where: 
UWA Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre (upstairs), Northwest corner of James Oval, between Maths and Reid Library

Cost: Free! Plus free parking in UWA carparks after 5pm. Nearest: Car park 15, 3 & 18

Stirfire Studios will describe how they created one of the first Australian games produced for Sony’s PlayStation VR (PS VR). ‘Symphony of the Machine’ is a virtual reality puzzle game that allows players to regrow a destroyed landscape. Matt Dyet and Brendan Ragan will take you from the original prototype at the 2016 Global Game Jam through to global release on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PS VR.

For more information, visit the AVRL event page. You can also check out the video trailer for Symphony of the Machine below, to get an idea of the game Stirfire Studios created before you hear their presentation.