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New Release: This Way Up

thiswayupIf you find yourself in need of some free(!) entertainment this week, Skybreaker Games has you covered. This Way Up – released yesterday for Android, Web and PC – is a gorgeous puzzle game that quickly became a crowd-favourite for puzzle enthusiasts at this year’s Perth Games Festival. From the developer:

This Way Up is a simple-yet-challenging puzzle experience aimed at anybody who’s ever wondered what it would be like to be a cardboard box stranded on a series of puzzle-shaped platforms floating high above the earth, flopping about onto its sides and shooting out glowing purple magic stuff at crystal switches whilst it makes its way towards shiny blue tiles and the ever-elusive 3-star ratings.

Admittedly it’s somewhat of a niche market.

This Way Up is available on Android and PC (both downloadable and in-browser).

Let’s Make Games + SK Games = Party!

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It’s the time of year again for tinsel, cheesy Christmas tunes sung badly and end of year parties! Lucky for you, we’re teaming up with SK Games to provide at least two out of the three for our end of year party THIS SUNDAY!

SK Games are on the home leg of their successful national tour, and are making their exhibition space at the Kurb Gallery available to help us celebrate the incredible year of WA game making. Come join us for some drinks, nibblies and arcade games; doors open at 2pm, with announcements from 4pm.

What: End of Year Party
When: Sunday 7th December, 2pm – 9pm (announcements at 4pm)
Where: Kurb Gallery, 312A William Street, Northbridge
Cost: Free, donation bar available.
Facebook: Here!

Perth Games Festival – Panels and Program

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Program

Viet and Jon have been hard at work creating the festival program, with details on all of the panels, developers and goings-on for Saturday. There’ll be print versions available on the day, but for now you can feast your eyes on the visual digital delight for download right here.

Panels

As game developers, many of us have a lot to say! So in order to help get rid of this excess opinion, we’re hosting a bunch of panel discussions at the Perth Games Festival.  If you want to find out how to make games, what games you could be playing with your kids, or how girls are rocking the games and tech scene, be sure to make the following times in the supper room at the festival.

  • 11:00am – Girls Make Games+Tech

Are you interested in making tech or creating games? A parent who would like to know more about what your daughter could do in the games and tech area?  Or do you have stories from the field you’d like to share?  Join Daniela Mattheys, Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie and Karen de San Miguel as they discuss their careers, useful resources and what you can do to get involved or supported as a woman in games and technology.

Panellists
- Daniela Mattheys (Panel Chair), Chair of the Women in Technology WA Techtrails and the Director of Edoceo Futures.
- Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, Director of Games and Interactive at FTI and Founder and Creative Director of Games We Play.
- Karen de San Miguel, Co-ordinator of CoderDojo WA, supporting free computer programming clubs for young people aged 7-17.

  • 1:00pm – Parents & Gaming

We all love gaming, and playing games with our kids can be quite a lot of fun. But what games (digital or otherwise) could you be playing with your kids? What should you look out for when choosing a game? And just when should they start playing Catan instead of Monopoly? Join Dr. Glen Spoors, Anthony Sweet and Mike Browner for a discussion on all of the above and more.

Panellists
- Anthony Sweet (Panel Chair) – Game designer, General Manager of Let’s Make Games, Writer and Parent.
- Dr. Glen Spoors – Game Designer, Writer and Lecturer at Edith Cowan University.
- Mike Browner – Battle-worn Game Store Manager and previous President of Wai-Con.

  • 2:30pm – Getting Started Making Games

Games are easier than ever to create; both kids and professional developers make games because it’s fun! There’s no reason why you can’t make games regardless of what you’re doing. Jon Hayward, Wez Lamont, Megan Campbell and Matt Dyet will discuss the tools, tips and techniques to create games both in and away from the computer. All you need to start is a pen and your imagination.

Panellists
- Jon Hayward (Panel Chair) – Producer at Developers at Large, EIC of Anime News Network Australia.
- Wesley Lamont – Game designer, creator of the board game COGZ and all round mad genius.
- Megan Campbell – Game designer at SK Games.
- Matt Dyet – Producer, Game and graphic designer with Developers at Large

 

And as always, thanks to our sponsors! City of Perth, Central Institute of Technology, Spacecubed, Hungry Sky, Sentient Computing, Reparo, and Westralian Bookkeeping.

Perth Games Festival – Achievement Badge Quest

It’s now one week until our very first Perth Games Festival! While organising the event, the team have come up with their very own game to play at the festival; the Achievement Badge Quest! Badge_TownHall-01 The Achievement Badge Quest is a treasure-hunt of gaming goodness. A selection of developers throughout the Festival will be holding stashes of badges to award to players that achieve incredible feats in their games. The achievement will be different at each game – you might have to reach the top of the leaderboard, or play three different game modes, or even beat the developer at their own game!  Badge_GunDash-01

There are eight badges in total to collect throughout the festival. The first ten players to collect all of the badges and return to the welcome desk will go in the running to pick from the prize pool of Steam vouchers and game development reference books.

Badge_SquareHeroes-01To take part in the Achievement Badge Quest, just come up to the welcome desk on the day and ask for your first badge – getting the first one is that easy! More details and clues will be available in the festival program available from the welcome desk.

Note for parents: We will also have a version of the Achievement Badge Quest for children under the age of 12, which includes its own prize pool. Just let us know on the day, and we’ll let you know which rules are changed for the kids version of the quest.

Perth Games Festival: The Boss Guide (Meet the Team)

The Perth Games Festival is fast approaching, and it wouldn’t have been possible without an amazing team behind the scenes making it happen! And in case you were intending to get the high score of the Festival, Jon has written this handy tactical guide to defeating the bosses for maximum points.

Becky LeeVirtualiis

becky2Embracing innovative technologies and adapting them for real-world applications is Becky’s passion. Five years ago, this meant customising online platforms for the unique needs of Perth businesses. Today, this passion has evolved to a new phase of marketing – augmented and virtual reality. Virtualiis, is a marketing tool for off the plan developments helping architects, town planners, developers and real estate agents promote constructions to their clients. Becky is also a supporter of the arts, serving on the Art Rage board and spending her spare time helping LMG’s marketing for the Perth Games Festival.

Weaknesses: Social posts of her dog, Gilbert.

Jon HaywardDevelopers At Large

jonRunning a mercenary crew of developers is a tough job, but someone has to do it.  Jon spends his time working on all kinds of weird web and game based projects with the rest of his contract crew as Developers At Large and retires to write for Anime News Network Australia as the Editor in Chief.  One day he might actually figure out how to make a living from it all.

Weaknesses: He is his own worst enemy; pause and go do something else, he’ll be gone by the time you return.

Viet Nguyen - Profile

vietIf you’ve ever seen some of Let’s Make Games’ recent event posters, chances are you’ve been looking at Viet‘s hard work! He’s been helping out with LMG’s graphic design in between his work as a graphic designer for FORM (the group for creative and artistic excellence in WA).  As a matter of fact, if you’re on the Perth Games Festival website, you’re viewing his work right now and you didn’t even know.

Weaknesses: Steaming BBQ pork buns.

Jess Watson - Profile

jessAnimation and games design student by day, mastermind by night, Jess spends almost every waking moment immersed in the art of making video games.  So when Jess says “HEY LISTEN!” it would be wise for you to do so.  Jess is also the writer behind the mega-posts for the Let’s Make Games blog.

Weaknesses: Supply some kind of distraction; ideally fun, shiny or with a high sugar content.

Anthony SweetHandwritten Games

anthonyOne of the few people that had a career in a field tougher than game development, Anthony now creates worlds and builds board games. He’s responsible for the board game Halfling Heist, the transmedia crime fiction Grand City and is currently under the hammer writing content for Black Lab Games’ latest project.  In his spare time Anthony is the general manager of Let’s Make Games.

Weaknesses: Take out guards, then distract with discussion on narrative structure.

Play Up Perth: After Dark #2

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PlayUp Perth is here once again, bringing you the latest in locally made games. This time hosted by the good folks of SK Games, this After Dark session gives you the opportunity to relax, enjoy a beer, and play some neat new games. As a bonus, there will also be two Oculus Rifts to try out! Granted, we do not know if it is better to use a Virtual Reality headset before or after imbibing alcohol, but what better time than this to beta test such a thing*.


What:
Playup Perth + SK Games: After Dark #2
When: 6pm til late, Friday 26 September, 2014
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge
Tickets: $7 for FTI members, $10 regular admission.
RSVP: via Eventbrite (Please note this is an 18+ Event)
The games on show for this After Dark edition are:

  • Valiant (Occulus Rift), by Offpeak Games
    A medieval team deathmatch game, where you are tasked with riding your horse and wielding your lance in an attempt to send your enemies flying.
  • Defender of the Wood (iOS), by Daragh Robert Wickham
    Show off your skills with the ol’ bow and arrow to impress the King and prove that you have what it takes to defend the forests.
  • Into the Pie (tabletop) by Eeshwar Rajagopalan
    A card game for 4-6 players that tasks you with making pies, surviving the bureaucracy of the neighbourhood bake sale, and of course making some serious $dough$.
  • Astral (arcade), by SK Games
    The latest work by the arcade-building, good time-having guys at SK. You’ll have to come along to find out what it’s all about!

 

For more information head on over to the official Playup Perth page, or to register simply sign up over at Eventbrite.

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*Note: This post does not constitute LMG condoning the act of drinking and riding horses is virtual reality.

 

Perth Games Festival: New Sponsors

The Perth Games Festival creeps closer and closer, and we would like to introduce you to more sponsors that are helping make this our biggest event yet, including our major sponsor Central Institute of Technology.

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The Central Institute of Technology‘s Animation and Games Design department is proud to be a sponsor of the first Perth Games Festival. Games and Animation are sunrise industries with a bright future, and Central provides wonderful opportunities for students to take their places in these emerging fields of creative accomplishment.

Central provides a supportive environment for students to let their creativity flow by providing a great place to learn the latest technologies with expert lecturing staff. By sponsoring this event and finding a place for the Games, Interactive Digital Media and Animation students to show off their own work it allows the students to be recognised by the industry representatives and their peers. By showcasing their work in a public forum such as the Perth Games Festival our students will receive recognition for their hard work, and the opportunities for valuable feedback from the industry.

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Central Institute of Technology, Reparo Pty Ltd and Westralian Bookkeeping Solutions join our already great cast of sponsors; Spacecubed, Hungry Sky and Sentient Computing. You can also see our exhibitors and sponsors on the newly updated Perth Games Festival website.

Perth Games Festival Launches (Press Release)

Perth Games Festival Launches
Perth Town Hall on Saturday 11th October, 10:30am to 4:00pm

Game lovers, aspiring game makers and seasoned developers hit the Perth Game Festival this year to immerse themselves in the latest gaming developments, as well as the old-school classics.

The festival is run by Let’s Make Games Inc., a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the thriving gaming community in Western Australia.

Festival Director Anthony Sweet wants kids, grown ups and game lovers from all walks of life to be part of the free event.

“We’re about inclusiveness,” he said. “Whatever you make and define as a game, we’re happy to have you on board.”

Budding game makers of every age will have the opportunity to speak directly with people in the industry. Plus, there will be talks about what it takes to get both feet in the gaming door, as well as information for parents about gaming.

According to Mr Sweet, the Perth gaming community has a growing reputation.

“The WA gaming community is recognised around the country, and even internationally as a really great healthy scene, and I want people to know this,” he said. “I really want people to come and find out that being able to make games is something anyone can do these days.”

All games are created equal at the festival, which features computer games, mobile games, tablet games, console games, arcade games, virtual reality games, board games and even card games.

 

For a PDF copy of this press release, please click here: Perth Game Festival Press Release
This press release was written by our copywriting partner Verb Web Copywriting.

Perth Games Festival: Thank you to our sponsors!

The Perth Games Festival is just a meagre five little weeks away, and we’d like to take this opportunity between announcements to thank three very special companies that are helping to make it all happen. Thanks to our sponsors, Sentient Computing and Hungry Sky and Spacecubed, we’re able to produce the biggest Let’s Make Games event yet!

 

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Spacecubed is WA’s largest coworking space and hub for the entrepreneurial community of Perth, offering creative working space, mentoring, events and a network of likeminded ‘do-ers’ to support WA entrepreneurs and innovators who want to get their ideas off the ground.

At its core, Spacecubed is about increasing opportunities for collaboration and innovation across different industries; the space fosters opportunities for social, environmental, technology and creative entrepreneurs.

 

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Sentient Computing is a process control, automation and 3D visualisation company founded in 2000 and based in Perth, Western Australia. We provide software and engineering solutions to clients within the mining, oil and gas, coal, production, transportation, environmental and power industries within Australia and around the globe. We take pride in our innovation and creativity, with a small, passionate and experienced team of engineers, developers and designers.

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Hungry Sky is proud to support Let’s Make Games and the Perth Games Festival. Hungry Sky is an award-winning studio that specialises in creating interactive experiences and apps, including work for the recent blockbuster exhibition, Dinosaur Discovery. We have a long relationship with Let’s Make Games (both of our directors are founding members) and are excited to see how it has grown in scale and engagement since 2009.

 

Again, we’d like to thank our sponsors! If you’d like to keep updated 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!

Announcing the 2014 Perth Games Festival!

logo_white_bg-500pxIt is with great excitement that I would like to announce the Perth Games Festival 2014 by Let’s Make Games!

The Perth Games Festival is a free-to-attend celebration of playing and making games. The day will be full of demonstrations, talks and panels, and a massive hall full of locally made computer games, tabletop games, mobile games and virtual reality experiences.

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

Keep an eye out for the Festival website launching in the next few days, as well as further information, thank you notes to our partners and sponsors, and details on the Festival’s Achievement Badge Quest.

If you are a WA-based developer that is interested in showing your games at the Festival, you can find the sign-up form here.
If you are interested in partnering with the Perth Games Festival to support the local game-making community, you can download the sponsor prospectus here.