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‘Best Game’ Nominees Announced for the 27th West Australian Screen Awards

The fine folk at FTI have announced the successful nominees for the 27th West Australian Screen Awards (WASA), and 2015 is the third year that a games category has been included. Three local games have made their way onto the list, all quite varied in style and purpose.

As a bit of interesting background information, two of the nominations this year are for games that use novel control schemes, one of the titles has been developed as part of a therapeutic support program, and two of the studios featured have been nominated for the award on previous titles. But enough talk, on to the games!

And the nominees for Best Game are…

 

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Drumbeats Quest, by HolyOake
(Drug & Alcohol Counselling and Support Service)

The Drumbeat Quest therapeutic program is a new health education resource for counsellors and educators based on the award winning Drumbeat program. Designed as an expansion to the original Drumbeat program, Drumbeat Quest innovates by using a video game as a tool for building social and emotional intelligence.

 

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Catnips, by SK Games

Catnips is a 2-team cat milking simulator. Described as “nifty” and “horrifying”, deep down catnips is just about love, nipples, survival and catmilk. Not the easiest to describe in one paragraph, keep an eye out and experience it yourself next time the cats are in town.

 

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Square Heroes, by Gnomic Studios

Square Heroes is a comical arena shooter featuring Online, LAN, Co-op and local multi-player and an arsenal of weapons to blast your friends out of the sky! Hone your skills and level-up your character in the single-player Tournament, or skip straight to the main event and challenge your friends in one of the hilarious and frantic online skirmish modes.

 

Congratulations and best of luck to this year’s nominees! The winners will be announced at the 27th WASA Gala Awards Ceremony on 29 June, 2015. This red carpet celebration is set to include special VIP guests, fancy food and drink, and will be attended by film industry leaders, WA screen practitioners, media, sponsors and industry partners. If you’re interested in attending, tickets are available via Ticketek.

The Business of Games Masterclass

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There is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes to develop a game, but one important aspect that just doesn’t get enough love from indie devs is the business side of things. To assist local developers in getting the best start for their game, FTI have teamed up with eGroup to present The Business of Games Masterclass. Presented by Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, this session seeks to give you the business knowledge needed to turn your good game into a successful game.

This masterclass will cover the two fast growing market segments of the games industry — mobile and indie — explaining their business models, value chains and potential investment opportunities. The masterclass will also provide an overview of the Steam platform and provide an initial watch list for investors

What: The Business of Games Masterclass
When: Thursday 18th June, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, 2nd Floor, State Library of WA
Cost: $25
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

If you’re keen to build the basis for a successful game business, this session is certainly worth attending. For more information, or to grab a ticket, simply head on over to the Eventbrite page.

Level One Co-working Space

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Western Australia may be a far away and expansive state, but still our game development community is thriving. We have honed our skills at working independently and remotely, but we also appreciate the importance of catching up with fellow creators to brainstorm, problem-solve, debrief, and most importantly stay inspired. And it is for this very purpose that the Level One co-working space was created.

[Level One is] Perth’s first ever co-working space just for game makers hosted by FTI in partnership with Murdoch University.

The space is open from 9:30 to 5:00 every second 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. [They] also have 10 iMacs available if you don’t want to bring a laptop, as well as white boards and big flat screen tv.

What: Level One: Popup Co-working for Game Makers
When: Thursday, 11 June 2015, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, 2nd Floor, State Library of WA
Cost: FREE (but RSVP are essential)!
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

For more information check out the Level One website, or to get straight in on this excellent event simply head on over to the Eventbrite page.

Grand City: Live-Action Gangster Playtest

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We’ve all heard the saying, “The family that plays together, stays together”, but what if your family is a major player in the criminal underworld? Well, then playtime can get a little… intense.

Introducing Grand City, a live-action social game in which 20 players become a part of the sinister 1940’s underworld. Over the course of two hours you will find your place in one of three major crime families, and do your part to ensure they come out on top. The game’s developer, Handwritten Games, will be holding a special playtest event as part of Playup Perth, where you can get in early and act as their informant on the process.

What: Playup Perth #6: Grand City
When: Friday 29th May, 5:30pm – 9pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street Perth
Cost: $12 (FTI members) / $17 (regular) 
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

Purchasing a ticket will not only give you access to the seedy underworld of Grand City, but also includes the supply of delicious pizza from the old country* to get you in the right mindset. Places are limited, so if you think you got the moxie for the job, head on over to the Eventbrite page now!

*Pizza may or may not be from the old country. Your mileage on authentic mafia pizza may vary. Gluten free & vegetarian options are available however.

 

Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article (and sole news writer at LMG) is associated with the Handwritten Games studio, as part of a separate games project.

CoderDojo WA Digital Projects Awards

Coder Dojo WA Digital Project Awards

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Do you know (or are you) a young dev who has attended CoderDojo WA this year? If so, there is still time to be a part of the first ever Digital Projects Awards!

Coordinated by CoderDojo WA, those wonderful folk who run free workshops for kids about programming and making games, this event will be the night of nights for the youngest of Perth’s developer community.  Local Ninjas (that is,  CoderDojo participants between the ages of 7 – 17) who attend get to watch a free planetarium show, and receive awards and recognition for all their hard work!

What: CoderDojo WA Digital Projects Awards 2014
When: Saturday, 6 December
Where:  Scitech Planetarium
Cost: Free*

*To get a free ticket for the event, you must submit a project – or be part of a group submitting a project. Each Ninja who enters a project will also receive a free ticket for one parent or guardian. We will also give you the chance to place the names of other family members on a waiting list for a ticket.

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Award Categories

  1. IDEAS: A description of a project you are planning to creates.
  2. GAMES: Could be made in Scratch, Gamemaker, Unity, or any other program.
  3. ANIMATION: Could be made in Scratch or any other program.
  4. DIGITAL ART: Could be made in Scratch, 3D modelling software, Photoshop or any other program.
  5. WHOLE DOJO PROJECT: A project of any type made by a whole Dojo
  6. REMIX: A clever remix of someone else’s project on Scratch or another platform.
  7. MUSIC: Electronic music made in Scratch or other programs.
  8. ELECTRONICS PROJECTS: A project you made using electronic parts, raspberry pis, arduinos etc.
  9. WEBSITES
  10. APPS and PROGRAMS

Entries into the awards close 5pm Friday 15 November 2014, so make sure your local Ninjas their project via the form here as soon as possible!

To find out more about the first ever Digital Projects Awards, head on over to the CoderDojo WA event page. If however you are too old to be a Ninja, fear not;  CoderDojo WA are always on the look out for Volunteer Mentors, so check it out and share your appreciate for programming with the next generation!

Final Word on the Perth Games Festival: Photos, Timelapse, Thanks & Tweets

The Perth Games Festival is officially over, and what a huge success it was! The day was marked by 22 exhibitors (with far more games than that on display) sharing their work and knowledge, 3 top notch panels packed with people, a pile of achievement badges retrieved and prizes won, and a massive 1640 people attending to check out Perth-made games. To wrap up this wonderful event we have some write-ups on the day, some great feedback, a timelapse video of the buzzing games floor and a huge collection of photographs of the event and games.

The day that was

The town hall was full of excited attendees throughout the day, with lines in the hallway for half the day. Thanks to a GoPro (and Jon), you can watch the ebb and flow of the festival with this neat little timelapse. Unfortunately the SD card ran out memory before the last half an hour, but that’s what happens when you have a festival that’s so jam-packed.

In the news

The Perth Games Festival gained the attention of a number of sites, as did the developers showcasing their works at the event. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews (both before and after the festival) that we have seen around:

Word on the street

The people of Perth were digging the games and gaming vibe of the festival. Here is just a handful of the feedback shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

With thanks to…

And last, but by no means least, we at Let’s Make Games would like to take this opportunity to thank all the great Perth people who made this all possible; to the festival organisers for their hard work in putting this event together, the volunteers for lending their time and helping everything run so smoothly, the sponsors for supporting this event, the developers for creating such excellent games, the panelists for sharing their experience and knowledge with everyone, and… of course… the 1600+ people who attend this event and showed how much games and game-making means to the Perth community. Thank you all!!

The Perth Games Festival Crew

And still, more photos!

Here we have presented but a few of the fantastic photos we have from the event. However there are still many, many more, so click here to check out the full gallery of photos from the Perth Games Festival!

Everything you need to know about the Perth Games Festival (On Today!)

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People of Perth, the day of gaming is upon us! This here is one final reminder of the good times waiting for you at the first ever Perth Games Festival, plus we have a quick sneak peak at the prizes available for those who take part in the day’s achievement badge quest.

What: Perth Games Festival 2014
When: Saturday 11th October, 10:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Perth Town Hall
Cost: Free!

BONUS ROUND: After Party and FTI Program Launch!

Before heading our way, feel free to check out the festival Program, to get the low down on the 22 exhibitors ready to show you awesome games and talk with you about game development in Perth. And don’t forget to prime your questions for the wise guests on our panels, who will be talking about Girls Make Games+Tech (11.00am), Parents & Gaming (1.00pm) and Getting Started Making Games (2.30pm).

But wait, that’s not all! (yes, I really did just say that).
What are the prizes for the achievement quest, I hear you ask? Well, dear reader, if you collect all 8 of the achievement quest badges at the festival (kids only need 6, as they can’t play the Mature Content games), you could have your pick of one of the following prizes:

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That’s right, we have some top notch game development and gaming books (thanks to the good folks at Planet Books), vouchers for Steam, Google Play and iTunes that can be used to buy yourself some new games… maybe even Perth-made ones? (hint hint, nudge nudge), plus goodies from Creedforge (the cool folk over at table 21), and some vouchers for tasty food at Grill’d. It’s first in – best dressed, so head on over to the exhibitors with badges (marked out on the Program map) and achieve the in-game goals they have set for you!

And last, but by no means least, we just want to take this opportunity to once again say thank you to the City of Perth for supporting the festival through their Arts and Cultural Sponsorship program, to our super kind sponsors (part 1 and 2), awesome exhibitors, the great writers at GameCloud, brilliant volunteers and clever coordinators who made this day possible.

That’s all from us for now – so come one down to the Festival, and feel free to say hi to the Let’s Make Games team!

Jeff Gomez “Transmedia Storytelling” Masterclass – Australia Tour 2014

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This week Perth will once again be visited by the world’s foremost transmedia producer Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, as part of the “Transmedia Storytelling” Masterclass – Australia Tour 2014. Jeff has shaped the stories of many a well-known series, having worked with the likes of Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and Nickelodean – just to name a few; now he’s sharing his knowledge so that you can create successful story worlds that translate into revenue for your business.

What: One-day Transmedia Storytelling Masterclass + Networking Reception
When: 9.30am – 5.00pm, Monday October 6, 2014
Where: Art Gallery of WA, Theaterette
Tickets: $275 Industry Guild Members, or $302.50 standard ticket via Amiando.
(Event includes catering, refreshments and closing networking reception)

Why you should attend:

  • 6-hour survey of best practices in multi-platform narrative creation.
  • Unique opportunity to spend a full day with the world’s Number One transmedia guru.
  • Practical hands-on training with a specific focus on the AUSTRALIAN context.
  • Learn how to write, design and create highly successful transmedia storyworlds – no matter the size of your budget.
  • Learn skills that you can apply to your business to increase revenue streams with transmedia storytelling – immediately.
  • Incredible networking opportunity with a gathering of Australia’s leading transmedia producers and creatives.

For more information, check out the tour video below, head on over to X Media Lab’s site or download a copy of the event brochure.


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Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games and Interactive Program Launch!

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The Perth Games Festival is  fast approaching, but still we have more exciting news about what you can expect from this day of celebrating the games and game-makers of our fair city. Following the fun times spent playing Perth-made games, checking out game-centric talks, and chatting with game developers, we would like you to join us to party the night away AND share in the launch of a new games program!

What: Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games & Interactive Program Launch!
When: 5.30pm, Saturday October 11, 2014
Where: Canton Lounge Bar, 532 Hay St Perth
Tickets: Free, but be sure to RSVP at Eventbrite!

You have no doubt noticed in recent times the significant efforts of the folks at FTI, in particular the ever industrious Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, in supporting game development and developers in our fair state. This has been leading towards the development of a new game-specific segment at FTI, the Games and Interactive Program, which has been designed specifically to address the needs of West Australian game developers.

Join us for the official launch of this excellent program, chill out with fellow game devs and game aficionados, and help us celebrate with some drinks after the Perth Games Festival.  Plus FTI will be presenting the key findings from their Game Dev survey earlier this year, and will detail a range of new development initiatives, advocacy / networking events, and opportunities that FTI are planning to provide for the WA games community in the future.

For more details on the Program launch check out FTI event post.
And if you’re keen on partying it up with us, don’t forget to RSVP on Eventbrite so that we at LMG (and the folks at FTI) can start getting psyched about seeing you at this super-awesome After Party / Launch Event!

 

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Designing Deep Games – Lecture & Workshop with Christy Dena

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Always keen to support the gaming types of Perth, the good folk at FTI have organised another informative event to help us get the best out of our games. Presented by Christy Dena, a writer-designer-director and lecturer with many an award/game/digital project to her name,  event will explore the depths depths of games and the messages we can convey through them.

In this lecture and workshop, we will delve into the design of games that have a message, are personal, philosophical, transformational, or focus on the emotional journey. On top of game design techniques, deep games involve different processes and design considerations. To illuminate how they can be designed more effectively, various deep games will be deconstructed to highlight the writing and design techniques employed. In the workshop we will apply different methodologies to develop deep game ideas.

What: Lecture 2:00pm-3:00pm, Workshop 3:15pm-5:15pm.
When: Sunday September 21, 2014
Where: FTI Screen Lab @ State Library of WA, Northbridge
Tickets: via TryBooking.com

  • Lecture $15 for FTI/AWG Members, $20 Regular admission.
  • Workshop $20 for FTI/AWG members, $30 Regular admission.
  • Bundle – Buy a ticket to attend both the Lecture & Workshop and receive a discount. $30 for FTI Members, $40 Regular admission.

About the Presenter

Christy DenaChristy has given keynotes and presentations around the world, mentored industry professionals, and written numerous articles on writing and design. We would definitely recommend checking out her corner of the universe before the event, to get an idea of the many things she knows – and in turn the many subjects on which you can ask her for advice!

 

For more information on Designing Deep Games, head on over to the FTI event page. But be quick, places are limited and the event is coming up fast!