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Level One Free Coworking Space: February Dates

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Each week FTI run a free co-working day just for game developers known as Level One. Grab your laptop and head down to SK Games for some free Wifi, table space and excellent company. You can book for the whole day or just half, but either way it is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow developers and get in the game-making mindset.

Time: 9.30am-5.00pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Co-working Dates for February, 2016

[Full list for the year available here]

  • Thursday, 4 February 2016
  • Thursday, 11 February 2016
  • Thursday, 18 February 2016
  • Thursday, 25 February 2016

Fringe Festival features Fart Surfer

A Cartoon Surfer and the 1984 Games Logo

Some games are emotional, some are thoughtful, others still are educational. However sometimes it’s just fun to play a game that’s downright silly. On that note Fart Surfer, the first game by local studio 1984 Games, will be rocketing onto the big screen at the Perth Cultural Centre as part of the Fringe World Festival.

It is the 21st Century, and Global Warming has caused a tidal wave that is destroying the Earth! A fart with the power of a rocket is the only thing that will save Bazza the Bogan Surfer from death by wipeout! Dodge dolphins, trees, dunnys and debris to stay on the wave; power up with baked beans, and play the game on the big screen – only at Fringe!

What: Fart Surfer on the Big Screen
When: 8.30pm -11.30pm, Saturday 30 January 2016
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, Corner of James ST & Lake Street, Northbridge
Tickets: Free!

For all the details on Fart Surfer, and other special events, head on over to the Fringe World Festival website.

Nekograms at the Internet Cat Video Fest

Text: Nekograms. Play the game at the Internet Cat Video Festival 2016.

This weekend Perth is readying for the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival, which is set to feature 65 minutes of internationally curated clips of cute cats. You can also look forward to performances, dress-ups and best of all, a kitty-focused local game.

Nekograms is a pleasant puzzle game in development by local studio Hungry Sky, which tasks you with helping an assortment of adorable cats get to sleep. If you missed the chance to get your paws on it at the Perth Games Festival, then this is the purrfect opportunity to playtest it! (sorry, we couldn’t resist)

What: Nekograms at the Internet Cat Video Festival
When: 5pm-8pm, Saturday 16 January 2016
Where: Northbridge Piazza, cnr Lake ST & James ST Northbridge
Tickets: Free!

You an head on over to the Internet Cat Video Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on all the details for the event. Nekograms are also on Facebook and Twitter, if you need a regular dose of cute cats to keep you going.

Global Game Jam – North and South Sites

Text: "Global Game Jam"

It’s that time of year again, when aspiring and seasoned developers alike come together for some extreme game-making. That’s right, it is time for the Global Game Jam (GGJ), and this year we have two sites lined up for Perth both North and South of the river!

Haven’t been to GGJ before? Want to know what it’s all about?
Here’s a quick overview from the Global Game Jam folks:

The goal is to come together and make a video game, or non-digital game like a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. We share a common theme and constraints. We ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

It will be free to join in the fun at both Perth sites, but places are limited. So if you’re keen to get your game on, be sure to sign up to one of the following locations:

What: Global Game Jam (NORTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Edith Cown University (Mt Lawley Campus), 2 Bradford ST, Mount Lawley
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

What: Global Game Jam (SOUTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Murdoch University, 90 South ST, Murdoch
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

For more information, head straight to the North and South information pages. You can also stay in the loop with the latest Game Jam plans for Perth by jumping into the Perth GGJ Group on facebook.

 

Playup Perth #9 featuring SOON, Northanger Abbey & Ballad of Crater

Play Up Perth

The penultimate playtesting event that is Playup Perth is back again in 2016, and this next one is an all ages event! So get ready to go behind the scenes and check out some yet-to-be-released local games. Bonus News: The first four events for the year are already in the works, so if you’re super keen you can grab your tickets now for the January, March, May and July Playups!

What: Playup Perth #9
When:
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee (526 Murray Street)
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

The Games:

This is an All Ages event, however players aged 12 and under will need to be accompanied by a guardian. Also note that light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase from the cafe. If you would like to find out more about the games on offer, head on over to the official Playup Perth page.

To register for Playup Perth #9, or any of the future events, simply visit their Eventbrite page.

SOON!, by Spiral Atlas Northanger Abbey: The Game!
Ballad Of Crater

 

Level One (free co-working day) is back!

Level One Co-working Space Logo

Level One, the free co-working day run by FTI, has returned in 2016 and is now set to run weekly! The event will once again be taking place at SK Games, which features free Wifi, table space and excellent company. You can book for the whole day or just half, but either way it is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow developers and get in the game-making mindset!

Time: 9.30am-5.00pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Co-working Dates for January, 2016

[Full list for the year available here]

  • Thursday, 7 January 2016
  • Thursday, 14 January 2016
  • Thursday, 21 January 2016
  • Thursday, 28 January 2016

More Super Sponsors supporting the Perth Games Festival

Perth Games Festival 2015 Logo

At last we have reached November, and we at Let’s Make Games have begun counting down to the Perth Games Festival. Since our previous update some more great companies have stepped in to help make this year’s event even bigger and better than ever. So let us introduce you to these wonderful people…

Thank you to our latest sponsors!

Game City Pixel Logo

Game City is one of Perth’s best gaming and geek culture hangouts. Located right next to Perth’s Underground Train Station, Game City is a place where you can stop off for some quality food and coffee, or get some solid gaming time. In addition to having a cafe and arcade, Game City regularly features locally made games, and hosts events such as competitions, screenings, and launch parties.

Sponsor: Hungry Sky

Hungry Sky. The name says it all!

Actually, we’re not sure that the name says anything. Maybe it’s meant to convey that feeling you get when you look up at the sky and feel the enormous uplifting weight of possibilities driving you to try new things and explore the open blue sky. Maybe it’s just a phrase created by an online name generator that happened to correspond to: an available domain name, twitter handle, and facebook page. As the saying goes: “¿por qué no los dos?”

Whatever the name means, Hungry Sky is a multi-award winning local creative studio with a close relationship with Let’s Make Games Inc. (one of those supportive and nurturing relationships that we all deserve). We’re proud to see what Let’s Make Games Inc. has grown into since 2009, and even prouder to be supporting it’s second Perth Games Festival. We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Sponsor: AIE

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is Australia’s most awarded 3D animation, game design and visual FX educator. Created as a non-profit organisation to grow the creative digital sector, AIE pioneered the development of specialist game qualifications. AIE offers vocational training in Computer Game Development (Animation and Programming) and 3D animation for Screen, supporting the Australian digital creative industries, which continues to grow faster than any other entertainment or content sector. AIE has campuses located in Located in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Seattle, Lafayette and Online.

AIE is launching a new campus in Perth in 2016 and has already started supporting the local community by recently running School Holiday Courses in Subiaco for aspiring young game designers and animators. We aim to continue running similar events up until the opening of our campus. This is our first year supporting The Perth Games Festival, and AIE are really enthused to be involved in the local game development in WA! We look forward to meeting you!

Surprise Attack

Surprise Attack Consulting is a games and technology specialist PR and marketing agency, led by industry veterans and staffed exclusively by gamers and technology enthusiasts. They work with video game publishers and technology companies to promote their products and services in the Australian and New Zealand markets. If you want to reach the gamer audience with your brand or product then Surprise Attack would love to talk to you too.

 

♥ And once again, THANK YOU to our first set of sponsors Autodesk, City of Perth, Binary Space and Sentient Computing!  ♥

Autodesk logo   The City of Perth
      Binary Space SentientLogo_400
And of course if you would like to stay up-to-date on further announcements on guests and exhibitors at the Perth Games Festival, keep an eye here on the blog, or follow the event on Facebook!

November Dates for Level One Coworking Space

Level One Co-working Space Logo

REMINDER: Level One is now at a new venue!

Co-working Dates for November (updated):

This is FTI’s series of bi-weekly pop-up co-working days.

Until the end of the year, the Level One space will be open from 9:30 to 5:30 every Thursday, and you are welcome to come for the whole day or just part of the day. WIFI, coffee and tea will be provided, and please bring some snacks to share.

Time: 9.30am-5.30pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

COGZ Release Week

Banner Text: Cogz Release Event

Almost one year ago, local mad scientist game designer Wez Lamont of RAEZ hit Kickstarter to bring his clever cognitive tabletop game COGZ to life. In 24 hours the crowdfunding campaign smashed its goals, and the Cogineer got straight to work putting the final pieces into place. Now COGZ is ready to hit the stores, and there are 4 special launch events happening right here in Perth.

What: COGZ RELEASE WEEK!

At each event you will have to opportunity to meet the game’s creator, learn how it’s played, and pick up a COGZ to call your own (local Kickstarter backers can also collect their copies at the launch events). There will however be some special extras planned for each location, from tournaments to game variants, and upcoming-game prototypes to check out. To find out what’s going on at your nearest store, head to the relevant Facebook event pages listed above.

Don’t Miss Out on Sponsoring or Exhibiting at the 2015 Perth Games Festival

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The 2015 Perth Games Festival is edging closer, but there’s still time to get in on the big event. Last year saw more than 1600 people pass through the doors of Town Hall to play locally made games and get a glimpse into the WA-gaming community; this year is going to be even bigger, and we would love for you to join us and have your work shared with the wider community.

What: Perth Games Festival
When: Saturday, 28 November, 2015. 10am – 5pm*
Where: Perth Town Hall, Corner of Hay ST & Barack Street, Perth
Tickets: Free to attend, cost to Exhibit. See below for more details…

*The Festival will be open to the public from 10am-5pm, however developers will be required to attend earlier to setup. Plus there’s an excellent after-party planned so you can celebrate a successful day with your fellow game dev.

 

Want to show your game at the Festival?

If you would like to showcase your game at PGF 2015, simply fill in the Exhibitor’s Application Form here. Premium booths have sold out, however the standard Exhibitor packages are still available. The standard packages is $75, and includes:

  • 1.8m trestle table with exhibition tablecloth
  • 2 chairs
  • Access to Power (for 2 devices)
  • Game featured in the PGF programme & website
  • Game featured in as part of a Let’s Make Games news blog post

Add-ons are also available to cover Public Liability Insurance, Equipment Test & Tag, Lunch and inclusion in the Achievement Badges Quest.

Applications close October 31st, however spaces are limited so get in early.

LMG ASSISTANCE PACKAGES:

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 are a game developer from regional Western Australia, or otherwise require financial support, please let us know. Simply email Jess with a brief description of the game you want to showcase, and how we can help. We will do what we can to help you get to the festival!

 

Interested in becoming a Sponsor?

Last year’s inaugural Perth Games Festival was a huge success, and sponsoring the 2015 Festival will help us make this year’s event bigger. There’s plans for a larger space, more talks and panels, guest speakers, and of course more WA-made games. There are a number of benefits to being a Festival Sponsor, including showcasing your business to thousands of Perth locals.

To accommodate a recent reshuffle in the Festival Committee, the cut-off date for Sponsorship has been extended. Sponsor information (including business logo, bio and website info) and payments are now required by October 26th.

To find out more about the Sponsorship benefits, tiers, and the Festival, please refer to our 2015 Prospectus. To become a sponsor, simply fill in a Sponsorship Agreement form and we will get back to you shortly. Alternatively, you can contact Jess and Jon directly via email if you would like to have a chat first.