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LMG Statement on Community Conduct

Let’s Make Games (LMG) in a non-profit association that supports the game development community of Western Australia. Games are a common thread that link people from all walks of life, and in line with this LMG actively supports a safe environment for all to come together around this craft.

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that harassment, intimidation and abuse have no place in the games community.

Members of the game development industry in Western Australia, whether experienced veterans or aspiring students, are expected to conduct themselves with maturity and professionalism. Similarly, we encourage gamers to be respectful of others in this space, players and creators alike, as this is a community formed around a shared appreciation of the medium.

Whether you look at games on a global scale or locally, this is neither a new nor young industry. Games have been made in our state alone for over 25 years, and we require diverse, creative and inquisitive people in order to continue to mature and grow. It is solely through the support and efforts of compassionate local developers that this community exists today; individuals who refuse to exhibit a basic level of common decency towards others are not welcome at our events or in community spaces.

We would like to thank the developers of Western Australia who are working to improve the industry, and who stand against racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and any other form of discrimination. Let’s Make Games will endeavour to create a positive and safe environment for those who enjoy making games and experiences.

We encourage all game-makers and players within our community to support one-another, so that we can continue to appreciate games together. More details on our Community Guidelines are available on our website.

Desert Child races onto Kickstarter

An animated image from the game Desert Child. A character dressed in jeans and a shirt races across the desert of mars on a hoverbike, swerving past catci, with dust trailing and explosions flying past. The bike speeds past the words "Kickstarter"

Dust off your hoverbike, because Desert Child is up on Kickstarter and needs your help to race to the finish. Created by Oscar Brittain, the developer behind World’s Fastest Pizza and the Fremantle-featuring One Night Only, it got a lot of love as part of Indiecade @ E3 and this Kickstarter campaign is set to take it to the next level.

Desert Child is a Racing RPG set in a dusty world where your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles. ​

A screenshot from the game Desert Child. A plain-clothed character is riding a hoverbike across the water in a large underground tunnel. Water sprays up behind the bike, as they avoid passing pillars and fire off laser shots.It’s the rags-to-riches story of a broke young racer who fights through gangsters, bounty hunters and pancake cravings to enter the Championship and get off Earth before it E-X-P-L-O-D-E-S (metaphorically).

Feast your eyes upon the Kickstarter video below, try out the demo on GameJolt or head straight on over to the main page to get behind it.

WA Games on Sale Now

Preview images of the Steam Sale Games. Full text list of games available in article.

It’s sale season in the world of PC games in the form of the Steam Sale, so it’s a great time to get your hands on some discounted games made by West Australian developers. If you have been looking for something new to play, now is definitely the time because from July 1st all Steam purchases from Australia will have an additional 10% GST on it!

So here is a list of games on sale right now, all of which have been contributed to by local developers:

If you know of any other titles created by Western Australian game-makers, be sure to let us know so we can include them on the WA Released Games list. Until then, we hope you have fun playing these!

 

Asymmetrical card game Banishment slays on Kickstarter

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Dark Mirror Games are taking their demon-fighting card game to the world, with Banishment summoning a Kickstarter campaign and swiftly destroying its target. Created by the minds behind the Dream of the Djinn RPG adventure, this entertaining exorcism simulation saw the light of day at the 2016 Perth Games Festival and proved to be a bewitching experience.

An asymmetrical, semi-cooperative card game about exorcism for 2-5 players. Embrace your dark side.
In Banishment, one player takes on the role of an accursed Demon, and the rest are Exorcists trying to banish them. This is a fast, highly interactive card game involving strategic thinking and eternal damnation.

If you’re a tabletop game kind of person, head on over to the Kickstarter page to get all the details and get everything you need to start exorcising demons!

A blast from the past with Star Fighter: D’Yammen’s Reign

StarFighter: D'yammer's Reign, by Geosync Media

Did you know that people have been making games in Western Australia since the early days of the industry? Star Fighter: D’Yammen’s Reign by GeoSync Media is one such locally-made game, first released around 1998 on the Amiga CD.

Since not everyone has the opportunity to break out an almost 20 year old game, you will be happy to hear that the Star Fighting of yesteryear can still be experienced thanks to online gameplay videos. Check it out below, and if you want to find out more about the many games that have been released in Western Australia over the years be sure to visit out the WA Released Games List.

Australian Game Development Survey

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The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) and the Game Developers Association of Australia are currently conducting a survey on the local games industry, to get an updated picture of its size and scope. Data from this survey will assist in future advocacy and lobbying on behalf of the industry, so if you’re involved in making games, be sure to fill it out!

The IGEA and the GDAA advocate on behalf of the wider industry and having access to current, meaningful and consistent data is critical for discussions at both a Federal and State level. The ability to portray a creative, innovative, and growing sector is extremely powerful. Further, it helps enforce that game developers contribute significantly to export dollars, employment and the wider digital economy. Your participation in this survey helps us enormously in this regard and we are grateful for your assistance.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R6GKBJ6

Make sure you fill it out before 6 September 2016, so we can show folks that there are tons of excellent game makers in Aus!

A Wild Web Writer Appears. Welcome to the Team Vivien!

Vivien Lengkeek - Let's Make GamesThere are many exciting things happening at Let’s Make Games, and one of them is that we have had the super cool Vivien Lengkeek join our ranks as a web writer for this very blog.

Vivien has been hard at work behind the scenes in WA game dev, teaching kids how to make their own games as part of CoderDojo WA, and coordinating the Panels for the 2015 Perth Games Festival. As our newest web writer, Vivien will be working alongside Jess to share the latest local game releases, achievements news and opportunities for the WA game-making community.

So WELCOME Vivien!

And to all the WA developer out there, be sure to get in contact with us about your upcoming game releases, betas, events and the like. We are all about getting the word out for locally made games, so make sure to let us know what you are up to!

 

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.

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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.

 

Free Sound Production Course for Digital Creatives & High School Students

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It is not uncommon for indie developers to take on multiple creative roles in order to complete games on a small budget. Yet despite our penchant for multitasking, the audio aspect of game development can still come across as quite daunting. Cue Make a Noise! – an 8-week course on sound production for creatives from various backgrounds, including game developers, to come along and level up their audio production skills.

Make a Noise! is a free course presented by the City of Perth’s Northbridge Piazza that provides hands-on experience in producing, mixing, and sound design within the industry-leading software for live sound and music performance – Ableton Live. The course will be led by Perth Composer, Sound Designer and Ableton Live Certified Trainer, Josh Hogan, who brings a wealth of knowledge having composed for film and games, live theatre, and dance. 

What: Make a Noise! [8-week Sound Production Course]
When: Wednesdays, from Oct 14 –  Dec 2, 2015
Where: Northbridge Piazza, Cnr James and Lake Streets, Perth, Australia 6003
To Apply: Click here to fill in an application!

While this is a free course, places are limited. There are 30 spots in total, but 15 are reserved exclusively for High School age students. The course culminates in a Final Feature Performance, and there will also be awards for most improved students across the course (with the grand prize of a copy of the Ableton Live 9 Standard software)!

For more information, including course schedule and requirements, head on over to the Make a Noise! facebook event.

Toy Wars Invasion greenlit

toywarsAnother Perth game has been Greenlit on Steam! Toy Wars Invasion is “a single player or 4 person co-op first person shooter survival and objective game” created by local team WisKids.

Toy Wars Invasion is currently being updated for a Steam release in April 2015. For more details, visit the successful Greenlight page.