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Pop-Up Arcade to bring Perth Games to the Big Screen

James Street Ampitheatre

There’s nothing quite like kicking back and watching something on the big screen, so why not take it one step further with some supersized games?

The Film & Television Institute of WA will be blowing up some homegrown titles for all to see (and play) at their Pop-Up Arcade in the Perth Cultural Centre. In addition to being able to play some free games, there will also be a variety of marquees available to entertain.

When: 15th December, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Where: James St Amphitheatre (between PICA and the State Library), Northbridge
Entry: Free!

For more details head on over to the FTI events page, or contact Michael Ellis via or (08) 9431 6700.

GameCloud presents: GameCity Indie Day!

Game Cloud Event 'Game City' Banner

It’s been a busy year for games in Perth, with many a quality title being released, new studios and partnerships coming about, not to mention a steady stream of awards and nominations arising. In addition to joining us this Sunday for the  Let’s Make Games End of Year Party, why not reflect on the year that was at the all you can eat, drink and play ‘Indie Day’ extravaganza organised by the folks at GameCloud and GameCity.

What: GameCity Indie Day
When: 7th December, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Shop TR2/3, Raine Square Shopping Centre, 300 Murray Street, Perth
Entry: $25
RSVP: Facebook.

As this event is an ode to the Perth gaming industry, there will be a range of games to try your hand at, including some of the latest Perth-made titles. Some local developers already on the gaming guest list are Stirfire Studios, SK Games, Titanium Studios, Gnomic Studios, Black Lab Games and Sky Breaker Games.

For all the latest details on the delicious food and gaming goodness check out the official Facebook event.

Announcing the 2013 WA Games Showcase!

Let’s Make Games is proud to announce the 2013 WA Games Showcase.

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This is our 5th annual showcase of local games and game creators. Each year we see a large increase in awareness of locally made games at our showcase events, and this year should be no exception! We’re returning to the East Perth campus of the Central Institute of Technology, in the spacious downstairs exhibition hall. This year we’ll have exhibitors showing off the best of WA mobile games, PC games, board games, social games, as well as a showcase of the virtual reality games made at the Perth VR Jam.

What: WA Games Showcase 2013
When: Saturday 5th October, 1 – 4pm
Where: CIT East Perth campus, 140 Royal Street, East Perth
Cost: Free!
RSVP: On Facebook.
Flyer: Print version here.

Visitors

The WA Games Showcase is your chance to play locally made games and chat with the developers that make them! This year the showcase is being held in the downstairs exhibition area of the East Perth campus at Central Institute of Technology, with greater accessibility, plenty of parking, and more room for more games. The showcase is free to attend, and (weather permitting) we’ll have a sausage sizzle running for your eats and drinks needs.

Exhibitors

WA game developers, we want you at the showcase! If you’re keen to show off your games – any kind of games! – send us an email to and our helpful volunteer team will get in contact with you and register your position at the exhibition.

It is free to exhibit at the WA Games Showcase, and we will have areas prepared for both digital and physical games. We will have tables, power and limited wireless internet available for use; you will need to bring your own hardware, and wireless solutions for any moderate internet usage. If you have any special requirements to showcase your games, just get in contact and we’ll figure something out!

Sponsors

Big thanks to our venue sponsor East Perth Central Institute of Technology for their incredible help with the showcase. Special thanks to Viet Nguyen for his graphic design of the flyer.

If you are interested in sponsorship or promotional opportunities at the WA Games Showcase, please send an email to our events team at

Let’s Make VR Jam!

The Oculus & IndieCade VR Jam starts this Friday 2nd August 2013, and we’re super excited to see what Perth developers create for it. From the official website:

We’re thrilled to announce VR Jam, a long-format, worldwide game jam presented by Oculus and IndieCade. We’re putting up over $50,000 in prizes and a showcase exhibition at IndieCade Festival 2013 for the best VR games and experiences!

Ever since the VR Jam was announced last week, we’ve been working on getting a Perth site up and running. We’ve been blown away by the level of interest and support, and are very happy to announce that we will be serving as a “Playtest Hub” where participants can share and playtest their games on an Oculus Rift VR headset.

Update: Added flyer! Click the image to download a print-ready version. Thanks to Rich for putting this together.

flyer

In additional to the demonstration unit provided by Oculus and IndieCade, we expect to have another 5-7 Oculus Rifts and a whole boatload of other devices including: Microsoft Kinect cameras, Leap Motion sensors, Razer Hydra motion sensing controllers, and possibly even a couple of Cyberbikes hooked up.

Details for the Perth Hub:

  • Dates: 3 August 2013 – 24 August 2013
  • Location: 816 Hay Street, Perth (Upstairs and to the right)
  • Opening Hours: Open to developers every Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Public demonstrations every Saturday between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
  • Contact: Via our online form or email to
  • RSVP: Please join us on the VRJam Perth Facebook event page.

Note: We can be open via appointment at other times, so please contact us if you want to organise access outside of these hours.

If you are participating in the VR Jam, be sure to register on the official VRJam webpage, join our VRJam Perth Facebook group, and take note of these Key Rules from the official website:

  • Games must be explicitly designed for virtual reality using the Oculus Rift and SDK.
  • Games must be expressly developed for the competition.
  • All games should be playable using an Oculus Rift with a keyboard/mouse or XInput-compatible gamepad (e.g. Xbox controller).

A huge thanks to our current supporters and sponsors: Oculus and IndieCade for running the global event and supporting us to become a Playtest Hub; Gresley Abas for providing a venue for the entire 3 weeks of the Jam; Savage Cabbage for their help in testing Internet connectivity and networking; and to all the volunteers who have committed their time to help facilitate this event.

That’s it for now. We’ll post a print-ready flyer later today. We’re still looking for a wireless internet sponsor, prize sponsors, and more volunteers to spread the word around so contact us if you can help out. Media inquiries are also very welcome!

Update: A huge thanks to Red Griffin Games who have come on as a prize sponsor. They’re just down the street from the jam site, so be sure to stop by and say “thanks!”.

Global Game Jam 2013 Wrap-up

It was a big weekend, full of jamming and creativity and joy and despair and stress eating, but we all made it through! The Perth Global Game Jam was a huge success, all thanks to our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and organisers.

To see the games that came out of Perth’s game jam, visit the Perth GGJ game page. There’s fifteen games there to look at and play – and please leave comments for the creators!

And The Winner Is…

This year Microsoft Australia have sponsored a Judge’s Award, which was deliberated on and decided by our three guest judges after the game jam presentations. We would like to announce Adventricule as the winner of the 2013 Judges’ Award at Perth Global Game Jam.

Congratulations to the Adventricule team, and all of the participating teams.

If you find yourself with some spare minutes free, take the time to check out the games made in Perth this weekend!

Say Cheese!

And of course, it’s not Game Jam without the rogues gallery of sleep-deprived jammers. Here’s some happy snaps of the event taken by Rich in between bouts of jamming.

Thankyous.

Once more, we’d like to thank our sponsors Edith Cowan University, Savage Cabbage and Microsoft Australia, our volunteers, caterers, organisers, and of course, our jammers. Thank you all for an excellent weekend; we’re already excited about next year’s game jam!

Perth Global Game Jam 2013

We hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing festive season. We’re excited to start our year by hosting Perth’s Global Game Jam 2013! It’s just under 3 weeks away and you can register for this event by signing up to the Global Game Jam site and joining our Perth Site. Here are some chunky-sized details to help you plan out the 48 hour event.

Details:

  • Venue:
    • Edith Cowan University
    • 2 Bradford St Mt Lawley
    • Building 16, Rooms 104 &105 (same as last year)
  • Date: 5pm Friday 25th January through to 5pm Sunday 27th January 2013
  • Entry: $5 payable at the event
  • Food: Light snacks and drinks provided and we’ll also organise food runs during meal times
  • RSVP: on our Global Game Jam local site
  • Parking: Free after 5pm on Friday, and for the entire weekend. Park in bays marked: staff, students or visitors.
  • Internet: Wireless internet available at venue, please see one of the organisers for login details.

Schedule:

  • Friday 25th January
    • 5pm: Registrations and set up
    • 6pm: GGJ Keynote
    • 6:30pm: Form teams and start making games
  • Saturday 26th January
    • 9am: Breakfast and coffee van
    • All day: Make games
  • Sunday 27th January
    • 9am: Breakfast and coffee van
    • All day: Make games
    • 5pm: Pencils Down and Presentations
    • 6pm: Clean up, pack up and finish!

What to bring:

  • Computer(s)/laptop(s)
  • Art tools
  • Software tools and APIs (Some event licenses are available for selected tools. Details to come on the GGJ website.)
  • Snack food and drinks (Some provided)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow if you are planning on sleeping at the venue (Space may be limited)

If you have any questions or are keen to support/sponsor this event, please contact events@letsmakegames.org.

init LMG Perth Global Game Jam 2013

Yes it’s true, Let’s Make Games is hosting a local site for Global Game Jam 2013. It’s happening over the Australia Day weekend, so you can kick back and catch up on sleep the following public holiday Monday. Aw yeah!

For those unfamiliar with GGJ, it is a premier event for indie game developers around the world. Participants gather at their local site, form teams and create a game based on a theme revealed at the start of the jam. It runs over a weekend and there are presentations and (hopefully) prizes at the end of the event.

Registrations are now open, so if you are interested in participating register at the Global Game Jam website. You need to create a login and join our local Perth site.

To help make this event awesome, we are seeking volunteers and sponsors so if you are keen to get involved or contribute, hit us up at events@letsmakegames.org.

Event details are still coming together and will be released soon. So in the mean-time, save the date: Friday 25th January, 2013 through to Sunday 27th January 2013!

Image courtesy of Robert Whitehead

LMG November Update

LMG End of Year Party Post-Mortem

Earlier this month Let’s Make Games hosted its annual end-of-the-year party. The event was a smashing success; it was great seeing the majority of the Perth development community in one place again.

Thanks to everyone who turned up and we hope everyone enjoyed had a good time. We’ll see you next year!

Jumping because game development is awesome

Look at how much fun everyone is having. This is practically what the event was like the entire time.

Some 3D-printed gifts for several of the LMG team from local developer Chris McCormick

An additional thank you shout-out to Greg Mildenhall for his donation towards the event.

 

Game Dev Meetup this Sunday, 2pm at Frisk Small Bar in Northbridge

Frisk Bar map

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Several developers are meeting up this weekend for the Game Dev meetup at the Frisk Small Bar (http://frisksmallbar.com.au/) at 31/103 Francis Street, Northbridge.

We hope to see a few familiar faces there.

 

“Jam Like There’s No Tomorrow” – Christmas Game Jam

Several local developers have got together to start their own Game Jam from now (as of writing this, essentially) until December 14.

The Facebook group, if anyone is interested in joining and creating their own games, can be found at Jam Like There’s No Tomorrow.

 

Global Game Jam 2013 Coming Up Soon (January 25 – 27)

Global Game Jam 2013, January 25 - 27

The good people at the Global Game Jam have released a new trailer about the upcoming event, happening in slightly less than two months from now.

Considering the success of the last Global Game Jam, we can’t wait to see what next year’s has in store. Stay tuned to Let’s Make Games for more information on the upcoming event.

 

Let’s Make Party THIS SUNDAY

First things first: a big THANK YOU to all of our generous sponsors and supporters of our Pozible campaign. The amount of support we get at our events and fundraising efforts is always incredibly heartening. Thanks to you guys, we’re able to host Perth’s premier game networking event with plenty of food and funtimes.

To add to our previous list of special sponsor shout-outs, we’d also like to thank:

  • Eric Spain
  • James Strauss
  • Hungry Sky
  • Jayeson Lee-Steere
  • Kamil Czajko
  • Wesley Lamont
  • Matthew Dyet

Party Time!

In case you need the details again, here’s the event info:

What: Let’s Make Games end of year party
When: Sunday 18th November, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Where: Terrace Bar, upstairs at Universal Bar & Cafe, 221 William Street (two doors up from the Brass Monkey)
How much?: Entry is free! (Bar is discounted for first two hours.)
RSVP: On Facebook!


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Showreel Reminder

Lastly, don’t forget to send us the URLs of your gameplay videos, teasers and trailers for our party showreel. We need all of your videos by Wednesday so that we have time to put it together.

See you all on Sunday!

 

Makin’ Partytimes Pozible

(You’ll have to pardon the pun, but it was just too easy to ignore.)

Our Pozible fundraising campaign for the LMG 2012 Party has launched!

All money donated will go towards the end of year party, plus future LMG events if we go above our funding goal. There are a number of tiers available, and we greatly appreciate every single donation!

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook – this will help us estimate numbers for catering. And lastly, we’re now collecting videos for the 2012 games showreel, so please get in contact and tell us about your YouTube content!