Job Opportunity: Game Design & Animation Lecturer

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Curtin University is on the lookout for someone to teach the next generation of game makers and animators. If you have a wealth of knowledge upon which to draw, then this job opportunity is for you.

The role, Lecturer, Animation and Game Design will contribute to the leadership and growth of our new major, and encompass undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision. Your enthusiasm and passion for animation and game design will assist you to conduct activities that stimulate and foster student learning, and ensure innovative curriculum design and development of learning materials.

As a Teaching and Research academic you will engage in research within the connected disciplines of Digital Design (Web, App, User experience, Interface design) and Animation and Game design (entertainment, serious games, gamification as a design process) and collaborate across other research areas in the university such as interactive media and visualisation technologies.

Applications Close 5pm, Friday 19th May 2017.  For all the details, or to apply for the position, visit the job listing on the Curtin University website.

Cat Climb Time comes to Mobile

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Catch the latest in feline fun, with Cat Climb Time out now on mobile for free. Featuring lots of local kittens to collect, this first game from Equality Empires has a touch of Perth flare.

Introducing The Cat Cafe Purrth’s twelve rescue cats!! These happy and energetic cats are ready to climb! Challenge yourself in this addictive new game where you the ‘hooman’ must move the world to help your feline friends climb.

If you’re ready to get jumping, head on over to iOS or Android and enlist all the climbing pixel cats you can. For all the latest Cat Climb Time news, check out their Facebook page.

Paradigm Releases to Positive Reviews

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Sliding onto Steam earlier this month, the locally-made Paradigm is pulling in rave reviews thanks to its unique humour and phat beatsies. Created by Jacob Janerka after a successful Kickstarter, the high praise heaped upon it so far includes a 9/10 from Destructoid, 9/10 from Press Start, and an 8/10 from IGN.

Paradigm is as traditional a point-and-click as I’ve played in a while, with a design, structure, and sense of humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in the genre’s heyday of the early ‘90s. Channelling the anything-goes spirit of LucasArts and Sierra’s comedy classics like Sam n’ Max Hit the Road and Space Quest with a touch of the truly surreal, it presents a fun story that I won’t soon forget. Because hey, a talking sloth named Olaf wearing a Trump-like toupee that vomits candy bars is inherently unforgettable.
 – Kosta Andreadis (IGN)

So if hanging out with handsome mutants like Paradigm sounds like your kind of thing, simply head on over to Steam and let the point-and-click adventure begin.

Playup Perth: KickstART Special Edition for Kids and Families

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Playup Perth have a special event lined up this Saturday, as part of the KickstART Festival. Coordinated by Games We Play and FTI, this event is set to feature games for kids, including titles made by young local developers! If you or someone you know is a budding young game-maker, be sure to check it out.

What: Playup Perth: KickstART Edition
When: Sat 29th April, 1pm- 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray St, Perth
Cost:  FREE! (RSVP Required)

Featuring games created by local youth, this all-ages edition of Playup Perth is a great way to try out the latest games in development and meet the people behind their creation. Not only will you get to try your hand at the latest unreleased games, you’ll have a hand in helping make them better.

Spaces are limited and the games are entertaining, so be sure you BOOK HERE to secure your place before going! Check out the Playup Perth website for more details of the games on show, as well as future playtesting events.

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Get started in Virtual Reality, with the VR Bootcamp

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Interested in virtual reality but not sure where to start? Check out VR Bootcamp this weekend to get grounded in this new creative space and see where it can take you, thanks to FTI and Frame VR.

What: VR BOOTCAMP
When: Sat 29th April, 10am- 2pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza Community Room, Cnr Lake ST & James ST
Cost:  $85 FTI Members | $100 General
Tickets: via FTI Event Page

The VR Bootcamp is designed for beginners to virtual reality. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of VR: what it is, what it can do, and how it can be applied creatively and commercially. Learn from industry experts, Frame VR, and try the latest VR experiences on cutting-edge hardware. The VR Bootcamp will inspire you with ideas on how to apply VR to your artistic and business endeavours, and you will be ready to bring VR thinking into your own work practices.

For all the details head on over to FTI’s website.
Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up soon!

Grab Drowning Dungeons on Gear VR now

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Swing into action and get hour hands on Savage Cabbage‘s Gear VR exclusive Drowning Dungeon, which is available now for $4.49. Having honed its halls of death at previous Perth Games Festivals and Playup Perth events, you can rest assured that your untimely demise will not be the first there… and certainly not the last.

Every 5 years, the Lord and his wife Carine “invite” a guest to escape from their Drowning dungeon. Should the poor soul escape they will be granted their reward of freedom, however if they perish, their soul and life essence is siphoned through the magic of the dungeon to the Lord and Lady, extending their lifespan and allowing them to continue to rule with an iron fist.

If you think you are up to the challenge, simply find your way to Drowning Dungeon on Gear VR to begin the grim march to your end. Good luck, the odds certainly will not be in your favour.

Symphony of the Machine Coming Soon

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Ascend the tower, awaken an ancient machine, and breathe life back in

Stirfire Studios have now announced the official release date for their latest game, Symphony of the Machine, which will be available April 11! Update: Game will now be available on April 25th!

Originally conceived at Global Game Jam Perth in 2016, this VR game puts you in control of an ancient machine, solving puzzles as you attempt to restore life to a barren world.

Symphony of the Machine will be available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. If you don’t have access to a VR device of your own the game will be available to play at this month’s Playup Perth on March 24.

You can find out more about the game by visiting their website, or following Stirfire Studios on Twitter and Facebook.

Playup Perth VR Special

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It’s that time again, where you can test upcoming local games at Playup Perth. This one will be all about virtual reality, and special guest Lisa Chu from HTC Vive will be visiting to check out the excellent games being made in WA!

What: Playup Perth VR Special
When: Friday 24th of March, 6 – 10pm
Where: The Nostalgia Box. Shop 3, 16 Aberdeen ST, Perth
Cost:  $7 FTI Members | $10 General
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Please note: This is an 18+ event only.

Games set to showcase so far include…

1.) Burning Candle Software‘s Boondoggle is a VR music visualizer built on its own small custom engine. It aims to use pretty shadertoy style ray-marching to make unique visual effects to music.

2.) Scott Ludlam‘s WA 2.0 is an experimental showcase of models, scenarios and possibilities for taking back our future.

3.) Smash It Out‘s yet to be titled multiplayer team death match.

4.) Stirfire Studio‘s Symphony of the Machine. An ancient machine controls the weather and its creators are long gone. You must perform the ritual and come to understand its workings to save your crops.

For more details on Playup Perth and their special VR event, head on over to their website. If you’re a developer and have something you would like playtested, be sure to email

 

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.

Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Special

Playup Perth: GGJ Edition

Curious about what kinds of games can be made in just one weekend? Come find out by playing them at the next Playup Perth this Friday! A range of entertaining games on the theme of ‘waves’ will there for you to play, all made in just a few days by teams at our Global Game Jam site!

What: Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Edition
When: Friday, Febuary 3rd. 6pm till late.
Where:  The Nostalgia Box, 3/16 Aberdeen St, Perth
Cost: $7 (FTI members) / $10 (regular)
Tickets: Available Here

NOTE: This is an 18+ event as there will be discounted drinks for sale
Also, The Nostalgia Box is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Games that were recently developed at the Perth marathon of the Global Game Jam will be featured, including PC/Screen games that involve escaping from an abandoned facility (Cortex), fighting your way through the dark by shooting beams of light (Pulse), running a kitchen at a busy diner (Microwave-O-Rama) and a party monster summoned to bring sick waves to the beat of even sicker music (Call of Coolthulu: Makin Waves). And more! Check out the ENTIRE line-up of games available to be playtested HERE.

To keep up-to-date with playtest events for new and yet-to-be-released games, be sure to check out the Playup Perth website.