The 2016 Perth Games Festival Wrap Up!

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The Perth Games Festival is over for another year, and now that we have all had a good, long rest it’s time to take a look back at the day that was! This year more than 30 exhibitors filled out the Perth Town Hall, showcasing a truly diverse range of 60+ games. Over 1600 people braved the blustery October day to play a game or two (or three!), chase down some achievement badges, and settle into the comfort of the City of Perth Library to listen to a panel.

To wrap up this wonderful event we have a timelapse video for you, a huge collection of photographs, the social media buzz, plus the Perth Games Festival feature on West TV’s Undercurrent. See if you can find yourself on the amongst the games and gamers!

The Timelapse


The Photos

Despite stormy weather and other events around town, the festival once again drew a huge crowd of game lovers to the Perth Town Hall. There are plenty more than the photos below, be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab any pics of yourself), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album.


 In the News

The Perth Games Festival has once again caught the attention of a number of sites, and has even been featured on WTV’s UnderCurrent. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews that we have seen around:


The Tweets on the Streets

The people of Perth were keen to spread the festival love, taking to social media to share their experiences of the event. Here are just some of the cool things that were shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

 


Final Word

Let’s Make Games would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to the festival committee for organising the event, the volunteers for lending their time to help the day run smoothly, the developers for making such amazing games, the panelists for sharing their knowledge and experiences, the sponsors for supporting the event, and last but not least the over 1600 people who attended the festival. Thank you all for coming out to support Western Australian game developers, and for showing how much games mean to the community!

Don’t forget to visit the Perth Games Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on post-festival news, and to keep an eye on news for next year!

Knowledge Week: VR, AR & Games

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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.

Final Days now on Steam Early Access

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Shooting onto Steam in a blaze of bullets, locally-made zombie slaughter game Final Dayz is out now in early access. Created by +7 Software, this killer title was Greenlit early this year and proved popular at the recent Perth Games Festival. But more importantly, this upcoming title is killer training material for anyone planning to survive a zombie apocalypse – so be sure to check it out.

Final Days is a fast-paced and intense multi-player shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world. It attempts to blend retro arcade style with modern elements. The design goal is for the game to be quick and simple to play while providing an enjoyable challenge. Inspirations include titles such as Smash TV, Gauntlet, Killing Floor, and Left 4 Dead.

Can you survive?

Head on over to Steam now, to get in early on an excellent undead experience and prepare for humanity’s final days. You can also check out the action in the alpha video below.

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

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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.

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.

Star Hammer set to strike on Xbox One

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Perth-based studio Black Lab Games have just announced that their turn-based space strategy game Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy will be making its way to Xbox One on August 26th! The title hit Steam and then iPad last year, and now it has been customised for all your controller-based gaming needs.

Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is a game of 3D tactical space battles. Play your part in the Second Contact War in a campaign with a branching story and over 60 missions, or create your own scenarios in skirmish mode battles.

Give your orders, and watch the results in explosive pausable real-time. Tailor your arsenal of crew abilities and assault class ships as your fleet grows with your command. Exploit the enemy’s weaknesses with superior positioning and flanking manoeuvres to inflict devastating damage.

Check out their Xbox One trailer below, and keep an eye out for enemy Nautalids on your home console come August 26th.

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!

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.

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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!

 

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.

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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.