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Test out Augmented Reality with West Coast Mixed Reality

Header text: Testing Augmented Reality App. On the right, the logo for West Coast Mixed Reality, on the left an icon of a scientific beaker with liquid.
West Coast Mixed Reality has been creating great augmented reality (AR) experiences for a while now and they have been working hard on an AR app that places interactive experiences in the real world. This Saturday, December 23rd, they are looking for people to come into Forrest Place to playtest their latest Augmented Reality project!
No prior experience necessary, and they will supply you with the device and headphone for the full experience (though you can bring your own headphones if you prefer). So if you’re in the city this weekend, why not try out some fun new tech for 5 to 10 minutes? Your feedback will help shape the development of a local app.

What: AR App Testing for West Coast Mixed Reality
When: Saturday December 23, 12-1pm.
Where: City of Perth “iCity” Information Booth (cnr Forrest Place and Murray St Mall)
Tickets: Free!

About the App:

A circle with the text "Chombo" within it.Project Chombo is an iOS app that plays with the idea of location-based content, placing interactive AR experiences at specific geolocations in the real world. Blurring the boundary between what is real and unreal, Chombo is an exciting playground for creators, developers and audiences to explore.

Chombo will be released in early 2018.”

Be sure to head to the iCity Info Booth in Forrest Place (Perth City) this Saturday to check out West Coast Mixed Reality’s neat AR app for free. For more information on this event, drop an email to the WCMR crew via hello [at] westcoastmixedreality.com

Playup Perth #13 + Creative Innovation Microgrants

PlayUp Perth Logo, with text "Accelerating creative innovation in WA since 2013". URL links to PlayUp Perth event page.

Play the latest in local games at the final PlayUp Perth for the year – test out games before they are released, meet the developers behind them, and be the first to hear about the winners of their Creative Innovation Microgrants!

What: PlayUp Perth #13
When: Friday, December 15, 2017 – 6pm till late.
Where: The Nostalgia Box, 3/16 Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10 via Eventbrite

“Playup Perth is Perth’s premier bi-monthly playtesting event. We facilitate playtesting of new games and game prototypes. At each playup, we playtest games, VR/AR, immersive and interactive experiences currently in development and give feedback to the designers so they can make them even better.”

Below is a sneak peek of some of the games you will be able to get your hands on, but be sure to visit the PlayUp Perth #13 event page for all the details and grab yourself a ticket over on Eventbrite! BONUS ROUND: If you’re a game developer, you could also showcase your games-in-progress at future events; so be sure to peruse the application page and start preparing for 2018.

The Page – December Meetup

Image Text: The Page. In the background is a set of glasses resting on a keyboard, with a pile of books behind it. The image is scratchy, and appears as though it is placed on parchment paper. Image links to The Page facebook event page.

Prepare your mind for a discussion of all things narrative design this Saturday, at the final meetup of The Page for 2017. This free meetup event is open to everyone who wants to talk about this engaging world of writing, including (but not limited to) game designers, interactive writers, screenwriters, narrative mechanics… and YOU.

“Let’s talk about how writing and narrative design can be used to create, or help enhance, those moments in all things game related! Be it stylistic choices that build up a sense of the new and unknown, story beats that are based around surprise and excitement, or how narrative design can work together with things like level design to help players feel excited about the little things they find in the game world.”

What: The Page – December Meetup
When: Saturday, 9 Dec. 1pm – 3pm.
Where: 48 Lake St, Northbridge
RSVP: via Facebook event

The Page is a regular event that runs on the first Saturday of each month, so be sure to join their Facebook group if you want to get involved with future interactive discussions!

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.

 

Pot Luck 2.0 – My First Game

Text reads: Pot Luck Collective, 17th November, MY FIRST GAME (the world BOOK has been crossed out)

Join the Pot Luck Collective for an relaxed evening playing some of the very first games made my local artists and developers. From games developed in the DOS era, to early tales in Twine, this lo-fi games initiative is about appreciating all creative mediums and coming together to have some fun!

Event Details…

What: Pot Luck 2.0 – My First Game
When: Friday, 17 November 2017. 7pm – 10.30pm
Where: See the Facebook Event page for more details

Short Summary…

Keeping it real ‘Perth’ this time, we’ll be exhibiting a collection of local devs ‘first’ games.
Where did they come from? How did they get here? Perhaps their first game will tell you. Perhaps it’ll will just be bad.
It’s going to be hilarious and insightful and if its neither of those at least there will be leaft over homebrew.

 

To keep up to date with the collective, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can check out images of some of the games lined up for Pot Luck 2.0 below, but there are still more to be announced (plus future creative capers) so stay tuned to their channel!

SAVE THE DATE: Perth Games Festival 2017 takes on Town Hall Saturday, Nov 25th

A table at the Perth Games Festivals, covered in themed badges that form the shape of an 8-Bit 'Space Invader'

On November 25th, the Perth Town Hall will once again be filled to the brim with Western Australia games that you can play for free, as the Perth Games Festival returns for 2017! Here’s what you need to know to have a day of awesome free fun.

What: Perth Games Festival
When: 25 November, 10am – 5pm.
Where: Perth Town Hall, cnr of Barrack St & Hay St, Perth
Tickets: Free!! Invite your friends via the Facebook Event Page.

♿ Accessibility: The Perth Town Hall is wheelchair/ mobility scooter accessible, and will include Auslan interpreters at all Panels. For more information, including Visual, Hearing, Mobility features and Additional Support, visit the PGF Accessibility page.

 

[ unCONFERENCE: EXTENDED PLAY ]

A distorted image of a series of differently-shaped windows, a square, an arch and a circle

To celebrate the end the Perth Games Festival Weekend for 2017, we’ll be hosting our third ever Extended Play Unconference on Sunday, 26 November. This casual afternoon is set to feature informal talks and discussion on game development. It’s a free event, and all are welcome – but please note that spaces are limited so book your ticket to Extended Play via Eventbrite.

 

[ PRESS (A) TO JOIN ]

An image of a table, with festival programs, badges, and a jar of lollies.

This event simply could not happen without community support; so why not be a Perth Games Festival volunteer this year? Whether you enjoy making or playing games, are an aspiring developer or seasoned veteran, have gotten involved before or are new to all this; now is a great time to get involved and help us show off the great games (and games community) we have in Western Australia.

Find out more about being a Festival Volunteer here!

 

For more information on this upcoming event of local gaming excellence, check out the official Perth Games Festival website. You can also keep an eye on the Perth Games Festival main Facebook page, 2017 event page, or Twitter.

August Unity Roadshow

Image Header for Article, text reads Unity Roadshow. URL links to Unity Roadshow eventbrite page.

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!

Article Header Image. In the foreground is a large body of text and logos, and in the background a game screenshot image from Virtual Plant Cell. Image URL links to related event facebook page.   The text in the foreground reads “Virtual Plant Cell: Protien Turnover, at Perth Science Festival. Perth 12th & 13th August. Presented by Plant Energy Biology. Logos for National Science Week 2017, Aus Gov, and Inspiring Australia.  The background illustration is a digital recreation of a the inside of a plant cell, as though you were within an indoor garden. A large round element protrudes from a mass near the wall, and long tendrils hang from the ceiling.

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

On the right is large body of text, and the left an illustration. Image URL links to related event facebook page. The text on the right reads "Ursurper of Modern Medicine. Everything is Nothing Augmented Reality App. Art Exhibition & Launch Party. Try the App & see original artwork + sculpture design for the project by artist Liam Dee. With Live Music from Feels, Lana, Doublethink Prism, Tactile AF. Friday, August 11th, Doors 8pm, $10. Corner Gallery, 263 Hey Atreet, Subiaco. On the left, the illustration is of a human skull tilted down and to the right. It has short horns at the side of the head, curling downwards. Behind the skull, lines shoot outwards in all directions, and beneath that sits a larger open mouth of a skull.

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.