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Writing for Games and Interactive Course, plus Scholarship Opportunity for Women

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Let’s Make Games is proud to announce the Writing for Games Scholarship for Women! One successful applicant will receive a fully-paid ticket to FTI’s upcoming Writing for Games & Interactive Course. The course is being taught by Anthony Sweet (owner of Handwritten Games, lead designer at Black Lab Games), and will run every Wednesday evening for six weeks.

What: Writing for Games and Interactive Course
When: Wed 15th Feb- Wed 22nd March (6 week course)
Where:  48 Lake Street, Northbridge
Standard Costs: $180 Members | $230 General Admission

What does the course cover?

This course includes practical hands-on course material and feedback sessions that will get you started on your road to writing interactive stories. You will also learn tools and processes used for writing and making games, including an introduction to Twine, the open-source program for creating interactive stories. By the end of the course, students will have learned the skills required to develop their own interactive fiction game in Twine, ready to playtest and publish to the internet.

Full details are available from the FTI page. There are still spaces available for the course, whether you wish to apply for the scholarship or are keen to take it on solo.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship comes as a measure to help address the gender imbalances present in the global industry, and to help foster a welcoming environment for everyone in our local community.

Applications can be made via this Google Docs form.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Monday, February 13th.

Last DriverZ beta rolls out on Android

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Following a successful showcase at the Perth Games Festival, local studio 42 Bytes continue to test survival skills in their mobile beta for Last DriverZ. If you have an Android device, you too could be running down zombies, seeking out supplies, and upgrading a wide range of weaponry right now (not to mention playtesting a yet-to-be-released game).

Dive into the post-apocalyptic world of the DriverZ trying to make your way through beat up streets, threading through wreckages, running over zombies, and pillaging old warehouses and general stores trying to upgrade your vehicles and recruit more people for your group of survivors!

You can get the beta for Last DriverZ now via Google Play, and stay up to date with all their news via 42 Bytes’ twitter. BONUS: iPhone users will soon be able to get in on the apocalypse action by signing up to the closed beta.

Symphony of the Machine set for Playstation VR & HTC Vive

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Having playtested Symphony of the Machine locally for a while now, Stirfire Studio have recently announced that their new game will be hitting the Playstation VR and the HTC Vive in Q1 2017!

An ancient machine controls the weather and its mysterious creators have long since disappeared. You must perform the ritual and come to understand its workings to save your crops. This is a calming, explorative virtual reality experience which emphasises serene, non-violent play over hair-trigger reactions.

This puzzling virtual reality game now has its own facebook page to keep you up to date, and you can check out the Teaser Trailer below~

Sponsor the 2016 Perth Games Festival

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Quick, simple and to the point, the Perth Games Festival is now seeking sponsorship!

Coordinated by Let’s Make Games (yep, that’s us) the festival saw over 2600 people walk through the doors of the Perth Town Hall last year to play locally made games, and learn how they can make their own. The festival is a volunteer-run event, and part of what makes it so great is that it’s the result of the community coming together to share local works, and support our growing creative industry. The support of local businesses helps all this happen, so come join us to show what Western Australia has to offer!

What do you get out of being a Sponsor?

Sponsorship2016_PreviewIn addition to that warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting local creatives, sponsoring the festival has a range of benefits. Depending upon your sponsorship tier you could get yourself a naming-share of the event, direct association with the talks stream, logo placement on our sites and marketing material, or even a half page advertisement in our event programme!

There are of course many other rewards to being a sponsor, so if you’re interested…

Here’s what you need to know:

Alternatively, contact our Festival Coordinator Jess directly via  if you would like to have a chat first.

We hope you can join us for the 2016 Perth Games Festival! To stay up to date on this year’s Festival, check out the official facebook event.

Perth Games Festival: Exhibitor and Speaker Applications Open!

Are you a game-maker based in Western Australia? Whether you are a student or studio, indie developer or hobbyist, the Perth Games Festival is all about showcasing locally-made games! This means games for computers and consoles, mobiles and tablets, tabletop and card games, VR experiences, pervasive games and even arcade machines.

Applications are now open for Exhibitors and Speakers at the 2016 Perth Games Festival. So come join us on October 1st at Perth Town Hall, and showcase your works to thousands of people.

Banner: The Perth Town Hall, filled with people crowding around various game screens and tables. A screen hangs above the stage, showing the image of local game 'Paradigm'

Exhibitor Applications

Full details on the Exhibitor packages can be found here on the Perth Games Festival website. Or if you want to get straight into applying…

→ Simply fill in the online Exhibitor Application here!

Once your application has been received, the Festival Committee will get back to you shortly to confirm your place at the event. Following this, you just need to send through x3 Screenshots of your game by Sept 7th, and payment is required by Sept 23rd. If you have any questions, the Festival Exhibit Manager Cassie will be happy to assist.

 

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Speaker Applications

Is there a topic you would like to see covered one of the Panels at the Perth Games Festival? Suggestions relating to all aspects of game development and related topics are welcome, from design to marketing, coding to community support and everything in between.

→ If you have a topic you would like to discuss or see discussed, fill in the Speaker Application here!

Sessions may take the form of a lecture, panel discussion or workshop. Or if you have an idea for something a little different don’t hesitate to suggest it too! If you have any questions relating to the Talks at the festival, our Content Manager Vivien will be happy to answer them.

 

Assistance Packages

If you are a game developer from regional Western Australia, or otherwise require financial support, please let us know. Let’s Make Games is a community organisation focussed on supporting Western Australian developers; 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 have any questions regarding the assistance packages, simply contact the Festival Coordinator Jess (yep, that’s me!). We want to make sure that all local developers get the opportunity to showcase their games, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

Local game Paradigm makes it into the PAX Australian Indie Showcase

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Pax Australia is back in Melbourne this November, and it has just been announced that WA-made game Paradigm will be featured in the Pax Australian Indie Showcase. This specialised showcase is designed to highlight the best indie games from across Australian and New Zealand, with the titles on show selected by games industry veterans.

The work of local developer Jacob Janerka, Paradigm is a highly anticipated hand-crafted game that featured at the 2014 Perth Games Festival, and was successfully Kickstarted back in 2014.

Paradigm is a surreal point-and-click adventure game set in the strange and post apocalyptic world of Krusz; a land inspired by a mix of Eastern Europe and the 70’s and 80’s.  You play as the unattractive yet over-confident mutated Paradigm; who must prevail through inconvenient trials to overcome the insecure yet tyrannical sloth antagonist, Olof! Imagine a cross between The Mighty Boosh, Lucas Arts adventures and Fallout.

So congratulations Jacob (and of course the handsome mutant Paradigm) on securing a place at PAX! To find out more about Paradigm, head on over to the website. Or simple visit the PAX Australia website to get the low down on the Indie Showcase and grab your tickets to the big event!

 

Award wins for local developers at the WAITTA Incite and WA Screen Awards

Local game makers and supporters making a mark at the WASA awards!

It’s a great time to be a part of the Western Australian games community, and we’re very happy to be able to share news of the success of local game-makers with you. In the last month the 25th WA Information Technology & Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) Incite Awards took place, as did the 28th WA Screen Awards (WASAs). At these prestigious events the spotlight shone upon our excellent games industry, with a number of awards going to local developers. So here are all the details!

 

25th WAITTA Incite Awards

WAITTA Incite Awards celebrate innovation and excellence across Information and Communications Technology fields in WA. The 25th annual awards were presented in June at the Hyatt Regency, Perth. Highlights from the awards ceremony can be found here.

Now on to the winners of the big event…

 

Winner: Achiever of the Year

Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie

Kate walked away from the WAITTA awards night with the appropriately fancy title of “Achiever of the Year.” It is no exaggeration to say that Kate is a champion of the local games industry; as the Director of Games & Interactive at FTI she has been the driving force behind initiatives like Playup Perth and Level One. Without a doubt her tireless efforts have helped the community grow into one of the most vibrant in the country. Her passion, dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, so congratulations Kate!

 

Finalist: Most Creative Media & Entertainment Tech

Stirfire Studios, Symphony of the Machine

Garth Pendergrast from Stirfire Studios, Kate Raynes-Goldie and Ros Walker from FTI

From its origins at this year’s Global Game Jam, Symphony of the Machine has quickly become one of the most anticipated VR games of the local dev scene. Although they didn’t take out top honours for the category, Stirfire Studios will be going on to compete in the iAwards in Melbourne later this year.
Congratulations Stirfire!

 

28th WA Screen Awards

Presented by FTI, the WA Screen Awards are the premier celebration of West Australian screen culture, acknowledging innovation and achievement across film, music, games and interactive media. The 28th annual awards were presented in July at the Heath Ledger State Theatre, Perth.

So who were the big names in games for this special event? Congratulations to…

 

Winner: Best Game

Black Lab Games, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy

Anthony Carriero, Paul Turbett, and Anthony Sweet standing together, with a WASA Award

Black Lab Games must have learned a few things about strategy when making their tactical space combat game Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, as it proved to be a few moves ahead of its fellow nominees, taking out the Best Game category at this year’s WASAs. Congratulations to Black Lab Games on a very well deserved win!

 

Nominees: Best Game

We’d also like to acknowledge the other nominees in the category for being amazing local artists and developers. So well done to:

 

Winner: Best Interactive Production

Hungry Sky, Sam Bodhi Field, Alice Ross & Clay Bryce; Beneath the Waves

Periscope Pictures and Hungry Sky together for the WA Screen Awards

Created for the WA Museum, this engaging interactive documentary lets you explore the amazing Kimberley marine environment. Congratulations to local studio Hungry Sky, as well as Periscope Pictures on the win!

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A big congratulations to all nominees and winners across both awards ceremonies! It’s great to see the artistic, ICT and game development industries within WA thriving! Keep up the good work~

Coworking Night with Level One

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Have you heard the word?
FTI‘s game-focussed coworking space Level One is now running evening coworking sessions every second Thursday. So now there are even more opportunities for you to catch up with other local game-makers and well, make games!

What: Level One In the Night #2
When: Thursday, 23 June. 5pm – 8.30pm.
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: Entry by donation*

*Extra notes: Suitable donations include: Drinks, snacks, Pizza, Gold coins for the SK beer fund, Really cool zines, Hardcopies of your rad game.

For all the details on the Level One plans, check out the event on facebook, as well as their main website. And of course, be sure to visit the Level One coworking space (be it in the evening or during the week) to work on your games and chat with fellow developers.

The Incidence, Coincidences and Apple TV

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Retro-styled dodging game The Incident has been entertaining on iOS since 2010, but it still full of surprises. Developers Big Bucket Software have now brought the title to Apple TV, and expanded it to include ‘Coincidents’ mode so up to 4-Player can jump in.

Run, dodge and jump your way to safety as an angry rain of just about everything in the world falls and builds a mountain of platforms for you to climb up, up… up to the source of it all: the cause of THE INCIDENT.

You can start investigating The Incident over on iTunes now; to get playing on Apple TV, ready your Siri Remote, MFi compatible controller, or devices with the iOS version of the app and start dodging!


(The Incident multiplayer video with thanks to App Advice.com)

Starlost seeks Android Alpha Testers

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Blasting onto the scene from an uncharted wormhole, the two-man team that is Hoodwinked Studios have put a call out for alpha testers for the impressive looking top-down space shooter Starlost.

Stranded in space, use cunning and skill against a lethal robotic horde to ensure the survival of your ship! Make your way back to Earth… if you can. Use over 18 unique weapons and 4 unique skills to battle your way through 15 levels of action-packed adventure!

This good-looking game sits somewhere between the realms of mobile tower defence and bullet hell; so if you like the sounds of it, and have an Android device on hand, simply sign up for the Alpha now!