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Get started in Virtual Reality, with the VR Bootcamp

Text "VR Bootcamp: Intro to Virtual Reality. Presented by FTI, Frame VR, VR School" Image: (A man in a suit wears a virtual reality headset, with the VR controls in hand)

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!

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.

It’s Party Time!

End of Year Party 2016. <sub>Original Image with thanks to Just Bens Photos

 Nintendo Gameboy Pocket by Just Bens Photos  

It’s that time of year again, where Perth game-makers and aficionados can unite to catch up, relax and talk shop at the excellent End of Year Party! In 2016 we’re holding the event with the wonderful folks at FTI and The Nostalgia Box, so look forward to playing locally-made games and having a good time together.

THE PLAN:

Catching up with other developers is only part of the fun, as there will be be food, games, cheap drinks, and a whole lot of fun! There will even be a dev Kris Kringle (bring along a little $5 gift to give, and you too will be provided with a present).

What: End of Year Party!
When: Friday Dec 9th, 6pm till late
Where: The Nostalgia Box, Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10* Entry ($7 for FTI Members) via Eventbrite.

Extra Details: Spaces are limited, so get your tickets ASAP! Also please note that this is an 18+ Event.

*(Ticket prices go towards hiring the venue, but for devs unable to cover the cost of entry, please get in and we’ll ensure you are able to come along)

BONUS: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

We are keen to ensure that there’s food and fun for everyone on the night, but as a volunteer-run organisation we need your help. If you are a local studio or developer, this is a great opportunity to support the games community and have some fun; In return you get your logo shared with a special thanks on the night, plus through the LMG website and Playup Perth’s mailing list, and of course you will a ticket the party!

PLAYUP PERTH GAMES FOR THE NIGHT:

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Here’s a look at the local games you’ll get to play on the night. Special thanks to FTI’s Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie for her hard work behind the scenes coordinating the evening, and of course the devs who will be sharing their wares with us on the night.

Be sure to grab your tickets asap because space will be limited. We look forward to seeing you on the night and celebrating another year in the games industry together!

Knowledge Week: VR, AR & Games

Virtual Reality - Dr Kate

Knowledge Week is coming up, with events designed to celebrate Perth’s achievements in technology, education and innovation. For those interested in stepping into the gaming realities of the future, a special workshop is scheduled on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Games.

Join game designer and entrepreneur Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie in this intensive hands-on workshop, where you will gain direct insight into the future of games. You will think and see the world like a game designer, learn about the most exciting virtual and augmented-reality game projects, and even try your hand at Stirfire Studios’ locally created VR game, Symphony of the Machine. There are limited spaces, so book soon.

What: VR, AR & Games Workshop
When: Friday, 21 October 2016. 9am – 1:15pm.
Where: City of Perth Library, Auditorium
Tickets: $99  (includes light refreshments) available here.

For more details on this workshop, or the other events set for Knowledge Week, simply head on over to the official event page.

Playup Perth Saturday #11

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Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? Playup Perth is back again, this time with a range new locally-made tabletop games for you to try out.

What: Playup Perth Saturday #11
When: Saturday, 30th July, 1-4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street Perth
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an all ages event (Players 12 and under will need to be accompanied by a guardian)

Featured Games

  • Blocaganda, by Eeshwar Rajagopalan
    A 2-4 player strategy game where you blast your message across all forms of media to influence the public to make you into the mayor!
  • Snakez, by RAEZ
    A game where players control snakes around a board gaining size from eating power ups — but where larger snakes become more powerful and harder to control with small snakes more versatile!
  • Monte Carlo, by Darren Broad
    A casino-themed card game for 2-5 players. Play cards in a common area & place chips to manipulate their values to achieve your goals and win money.

Blocaganda_sq RAEZ_snakes MonteCarlo

 

You can grab tickets for this battle of the boardgame via Eventbrite, or at the door on the day.  And if you’re interested in playing more locally-made games in the future, or testing out your very own games-in-progress, head on over to the Playup Perth website.

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~

Playup Perth Friday: Last Night at SK Special Edition

Playup at SK Games - The End of an Era

Never been to one of FTI’Playup Perth event at SK Games? Or have you been to a Playup before and enjoyed your time? Well either way, this is your last chance to join the fun at everybody’s favourite game dev venue! Yes it’s the end of an era, with SK Games hosting its final Playup Perth next month (but fear not, more details on Playup Perth’s new location below!).

The first Playup held at SK was way back in September 2014, and since then it has become a much loved event location for local devs and players alike. We’ll be saying a warm, snuggly and slightly sad goodbye to our friends at SK, who have adventured on to Melbourne. This is of course not the end of Playup Perth though, as this excellent event will be back again next month at the wonderfully caffeinated venue that is Carpe Coffee.

What: Playup Perth Friday: Last Night at SK Special Edition
When: Friday, 1st July, 6pm til late
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an 18+ event

Featured Games

You can check out screenshots for these games below. The full line up for the night has yet to be announced though, so remember to check the Playup Perth website to stay up to date on all Playup related news.

Want to test your games at Playup Perth?

There’s still time! Simply fill out the Playup Perth form here.

Starlost Screenshot Vectonic Screenshot Rogue Blitz
Final Days Screenshot  HyperDash Heroes Screenshot

Coworking Night with Level One

Level One - In the Night

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.