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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.

World’s Fastest Pizza Released

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It turns out the World’s Fastest Pizza is so fast it was delivered yesterday. The 2D deliver-’em-up by Oscar Brittain was released yesterday on Desura, and has received coverage on both Eurogamer.net and IndieGameMag.

World’s Fastest Pizza was one of the games showcased at last month’s SK Games’ Playtest Evening, and is available from both Desura and directly from the developer for $1.99. You can also vote for WFP on Steam Greenlight.

Beta Test for Binary Space: Zombie Outbreak Simulator on Android

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We know that you are always keen to support the gaming work of fellow West Australians, so we’re here with a quick reminder that Binary Space are still looking for beta testers for their upcoming undead endeavour, Zombie Outbreak Simulator.

Since receiving funding from Screen Australia last year the crew have been working hard to get the game ready for Android, but now they need your help! So if you are interested in lending a severed hand to the cause, and have a Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above, go fill out this form and get ready for a zombie outbreak in a neighbourhood near you.

SK Games Playtest Evening

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SK Games, purveyors of arcade goodness and local multiplayer mayhem, are hosting a playtest evening on Tuesday June 17th. Playtesters will be in for a night of games, cheese and wine, with games from SK and other Perth developers to test and provide feedback on.

It’s free to participate, but seats are limited.  Make sure to visit the SK Games event page for your RSVP. Developers with games looking for playtests are also encouraged to contact SK Games to get involved with the evening.

Australian Interactive Games Fund cancelled

As a result of the 2014/15 Budget announced last week, the Australian Interactive Games Fund as administered by Screen Australia has ceased operation.

Let’s Make Games Inc. is disappointed in this decision by the Federal Government. The AIGF was not only a source of support for young developers and established businesses, but it also provided resources to communities around Australia that promote and foster game-making as a cultural and artistic endeavour.

With the support of the AIGF’s sector-building program, Let’s Make Games earlier this year partnered with the Perth International Arts Festival to run #CTRLDEV. The one day professional development event gave an unprecedented opportunity for local West Australian developers to engage with the critically acclaimed and renowned international game makers visiting for the Perth Writers Festival.

Games are not made in isolation. It takes a community of professional and skilled developers to share knowledge, provide feedback and help fill in the gaps. A development team may be small, but the number of voices that touch any game can be huge.

The cessation of the AIGF is a setback not only to individual employers, contractors and graduates, but also to the communities that foster Australian art, Australian culture and Australian games.

Now, more than ever, please engage with your local game making community. Offer your time to volunteer at events, moderate groups and message boards, or go and discuss your experiences making games with students. As developers we may not see further government support, but as a community we can reinforce each other and sustain the growing momentum of Australian games.

 

Anthony Sweet
General Manager, Let’s Make Games Inc.

Entries now open for the WA Screen Awards

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Have you (or someone you know) released a game or other such creative thing in the last year? Entries are now open for the 26th WA Screen Awards (WASA), and the Film and Television Institute WA (FTI) are on the prowl for the best and brightest productions in the state. Creative West Australian works delivered from 1st January 2013 through to 31st March 2014 can be entered for consideration, with eligible forms of entertainment including games, interactive works, web series, videos, feature films, short films, music, television production and documentary.

Stirfire STudio wins the 2013 WASA for Best Game!

Last year’s awards saw several top notch Perth titles battle it out for the crown of ‘Best Game’, including the likes of Orbeats,  Square Off and deviator. However in the end the inaugural award went to the irrepressible force that is Freedom Fall (PC) by Stirfire Studios.

All the info on entering a Game:

  • Categories: Games can be entered into the Best Game category, as well as other relevant areas such as Best Original Music, Best Script and Best Production Design, provided that they are entered into the ‘long form’ category.
  • Cost: The cost of entering work into the Best Game category is $85 for non FTI members and $42.50 for FTI members*, while the other categories are generally priced at $45 for non members / $22.50 for FTI Members*.
  • Entry content: Entries can be on any gaming platform, however in order to play the games judges may contact entrants to coordinate access to a demo, redemption codes or hardware as appropriate. It is worth noting the initial online judging requires an online link to a video demo of the gameplay, which must be provided with the original entry.

Other handy notes for entrants:

  • Made in WA: In terms of what constitutes a WA-made piece of media, either the Production needs to have been based largely in WA (in terms of the personnel involved, location and/or funding) OR a WA-identifying Individual can enter their work, even if the production they were a part of was based elsewhere. Vague? Yes, but that’s the point! The FTI are keen on being inclusive of works produced from our peeps in one way or another.
  • *Membership Discount: As far as price is concerned, non-members are encouraged to apply for FTI membership prior to entering, so that they may benefit from the 50% member discount. The total cost of a standard membership and a (member discounted) long form entry equates to only $7 more than the solo entry price for non members. Plus for Students, Concession card holders and Minors this cost is even less. This means that for almost the same price you can enter your game, and get such membership perks as access to the FTI Library, registration in the Crew Database, and event/training/productions discounts. If these kinds of benefits seem right up your alley, head on over to the FTI membership page for more details.
  • Award Ceremony: And finally, one last thing to note is that all award nominees will also receive a complimentary ticket to the awards ceremony so that they can party the night away. Woo!

To find out more:

For more information, including a full list of all the categories and costs, head on over to the WA Screen Awards page. Or if you’re all ready and raring to go, the online entry form is available here. Goodluck!

Applications for the WA Screen Awards close 30 April, 2014.

#CTRLDEV Partners and Sponsors

With little over a week until #CTRLDEV, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our partners and sponsors who are helping to make this unprecedented WA gamedev event possible.

 

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Big thanks to our Principal Partner, Screen Australia, without whom this event wouldn’t be possible. Don’t forget that Justin Halliday, Screen Australia’s Games Investment Manager, will be available to chat during #CTRLDEV about the various funding options available for WA game developers.

 

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Central Institute of Technology East Perth, who are kindly providing us with the comfortable, air-conditioned facilities to talk all about game development.

 

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And special thanks to the Perth International Arts Festival for taking the initiative to put the spotlight on game and interactive narrative as part of the Perth Writers Festival The Game Changers series.

Don’t forget that tickets to #CTRLDEV are only available through Eventbrite, and discount tickets are available for attendees of The Game Changers. All the details at Eventbrite.

Wai-Con’s GameZone looking for indie developers

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Wai-Con, Perth’s premier anime convention, are putting a call out for local indie game developers to showcase their games at this year’s convention. A special area will be set up for indie developers to show their games off to the thousands of attendees in the event’s GameZone.

Wai-Con is on the first weekend of March, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd. Tables, chairs, power and entry will be provided to the showcasers.

If you are interested in showcasing or playtesting your games at Wai-Con, contact by the close of business this Friday for more details.