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#CTRLDEV Recap

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This past weekend saw The Game Changers sweep through the city as part of Perth Festival 2014. Thanks to Screen Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival, our distinguished guests were also able to spend some quality time with local developers and their games at the Let’s Make Games #CTRLDEV day.

To start the day off Perth games Freedom Fall, Square Off, Star Hammer 2 and 99 Problems (and blocks are all of them) were put to the test by our international guests, with much fun and constructive criticism to be had. It wasn’t long before another 50 local developers and game aficionados made their way in, eager to try their hand at the homemade titles before sitting down for some serious discussions.

The panels began with Dan Pinchbeck (Dear Esther), Steve Gaynor (Gone Home) and Guy Gadney (The Suspect) looking at the how and why of going Indie, then sharing their tips on successfully surviving as a small team. After a short cupcake break Clint Hocking (Far Cry 2) and Jill Murray (Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation) took to the stage to talk about their experience of entering into the AAA world and working for major studios. It is also worth noting that over the course of the day attendees posed some brilliant questions to the speakers, the answers to which caused both thoughtful nodding and intense note-taking.

You can check out photos from #CTRLDEV below, plus details on how you can provide Let’s Make Games with feedback on the event.

Feedback Survey

If you attended #CTRLDEV, we at LMG would love to hear about your experience of the day. Please check your emails for the Eventbrite feedback survey, and let us know what you liked (or didn’t like). Your feedback is appreciated and will help us organise bigger and better events in the future!

Special thanks goes to the Central Institute of Technology for providing us with the facilities, Justin Halliday from Screen Australia for bringing over his keen knowledge of games funding programs and also Richard Kong for the top quality Photography.

Reminder: Game Changers and #CTRLDEV on this weekend!

At last the weekend is upon us, where we may fill our days with games and good times. If you have yet to plan your days of rest then fear not, here we have one final reminder of the top notch events on this weekend. There’s still time to grab tickets and so you could be spending your time with a bunch of big-name developers!

 

Saturday 22nd February

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This Saturday The Game Changers series will be running as part of the Perth Festival, and will four panels on narrative and storytelling in video games. International guests for this event include Steve Gaynor (Gone HomeBioShock Infinite), Clint Hocking (Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Far Cry 2), Dan Pinchbeck (Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture) and Jill Murray (Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and IV: Black Flag), as well as the excellent Australian guests Guy Gadney (The Suspect), Dan Golding (Game On) and Bajo & Hex from ABC’s Good Game television show.

When:

10.00am–11.00am: The Writer and The Game
11.30am–12.30pm: What the Player Wants
1.00pm–2.00pm: Character and Story
2.30pm–3.30pm: What’s In Store?

Where:

Octagon Theatre, UWA

Tickets: 

(Cost per talk)
General Admission $13.50, Friends $12.50, FT Student (U30) $10.50
To get your tickets head on over to The Game Changers event page.

Sunday 23rd February

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This Sunday we also have #CTRLDEV, an opportunity for Perth developers to get some quality time with our big-name visitors.  Steve Gaynor, Clint Hocking, Dan Pinchbeck, Jill Murray, and Guy Gadney will be hosting two panel discussions that focus on the technical and career aspects of working in the games industry. This event is designed to give you some quality time to talk shop, as well as complement the narrative and storytelling discussions of Saturday’s The Game Changers series. You can also check out the Meet the #CTRLDEV page for all the details on the guest speakers (so you can prep your key game dev questions).

When:

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Where:

Central Institute of Technology (East Perth), 140 Royal St., East Perth

Tickets:

$40/$30 (discount for those attending The Game Changers events).
To get your tickets head on over to Eventbrite page.

Not a bad way to spend the weekend, if we do say so ourselves.
Hope to catch you there!

Meet the #CTRLDEVs

The day of #CTRLDEV draws near, so what better time to take a closer look at the internationally acclaimed developers who will be stopping by. #CTRLDEV will give you the opportunity to meet these fine folk and discuss game design, production and the industry in general. No doubt you will want to chat with them all, but with such a wealth of knowledge available it can’t hurt to assess which of your burning question to ask any given developer.

So on that note, let’s meet the devs…

 

CLINT HOCKING  USA (flag)

Clint Hocking Profile PictureExperience: Creative Director, Scriptwriter, (Senior) Level Designer, Game Designer

Studios: Ubisoft Montreal, Lucas Arts, Valve

Titles: Splinter Cell (Original), Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Far Cry 2

Clint started his gaming career with Ubisoft Montreal in 2001 as a level designer for the very first Splinter Cell. Since then he’s worked in a variety of creative positions, including lead roles on Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Far Cry 2. Clint was the first-ever recipient of the Game Developer’s Choice Award for Excellence in Scriptwriting.

Outside of game development, Clint is a member of the Advisory Board for the Montreal IGDA Chapter, regularly speaks at the conference around the world (including GDC), and has a monthly column in EDGE Magazine. In his spare time Clint talks about game dev on his blog Click Nothing, and can also be found on twitter as @ClickNothing.

STEVE GAYNOR  USA (flag)

Steve Gaynor Profile PictureExperience: (Senior) Level Designer, Lead Designer, Writer, Tester

Studios: TimeGate Studios, 2K Marin, Irrational Games, The Fullbright Company

Titles: Perseus Mandate, Bioshock 2 inc. Minerva’s Den, Bioshock Infinite, Gone Home

Steve started out as a Temporary Certification Tester who practised make levels with F.E.A.R. editor; before long he had worked his way up to a level designer, working on the F.E.A.R. expansion pack “Perseus Mandate”. Moving on to 2K Marin Steve worked on Bioshock 2‘s “The Adonis Luxury Resort” and “Pauper’s Drop” levels, lead the design of the “Minerva’s Den” expansion, and worked on Bioshock Infinite.

Steve has since gone indie, acting as one of the founding members of The Fullbright Company and a designer/writer on the award-winning Gone Home. When not developing games, Steve talks about them on the Fullbright Design blog, industry publications and in podcasts such as Idle Thumbs. He can also be found on twitter as @GoneHomeGame.

DAN PINCHBECK  UK (flag)

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Experience: Studio Head, Creative Director, Researcher, Senior Lecturer

Studio: The Chinese Room

Titles: Dear Esther, Korsakovia, Amnesia – A Machine for Pigs, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Before carving his own niche in the game development field, David’s professional background was one centered on Drama and Digital Arts. Through his experience in using emergent technologies in media and technical arts, David went on to teach Creative Technology at Portsmouth University, as well as research narrative in games. It was from this research that The Chinese Room was born, a project turned award-winning studio.

Starting with Source mods, David and his team created such titles as Dear Esther and Korsakovia. The success of these titles allowed for a standalone of Dear Esther to be developed, and paved the way for future works such as A Machine For Pigs and the upcoming Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture. David can be found manning the @ChineseRoom twitter.

JILL MURRAY  CAN (flag)

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Experience: Narative Director, Script Writer, Author

Studios: Ubisoft Québec, Ubisoft Montreal

Titles: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (inc. Freedom Cry DLC), Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

 Jill started her design career in web development, but found that her true calling was writing. She published two YA novels, Break on Through and Rhythm and Blues, before being brought in as a writer for Assassin’s Creed: Liberation. The game went on to win a Writer’s Guild Awards, while Jill went on to write for Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the AC IV “Freedom Cry” DLC.

Jill is currently the Director of Narrative Design at Ubisoft Québec, and presents at such events as Gamercamp and GDC. She can be found providing words of wisdom on twitter as @CodeJill.

GUY GADNEY  AUS (flag)

Guy Gadney Profile PictureExperience: Founder, Digital Executive Producer, Director of Content Production

Studio: The Project Factory

Titles: The Suspect, Who is Tim? (Wie is Tim?), Lost Monsters, Eclipse, Underbelly Skirmish

Guy has been in digital media production for over 20 years, having worked in a production role on mobile, online and game projects for companies across the US, UK and Australia. As a founding member of The Project Factory Guy has had a key role in producing a wide range of projects, including the award winning “Who is Tim?” Dutch transmedia project.

Outside of his production work, Guy served as President of the Board, then Board Director of the AIMIA (Digital Industry Association for Australia). He can also be found speaking at Conferences, Festivals, Award Ceremonies, and of course on twitter as @GGadney.

 


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Don’t forget that Justin Halliday, Screen Australia’s Games Investment Manager, will also be available to chat during #CTRLDEV about the various funding options available for WA game developers.

#CTRLDEV will be your last chance to catch these gaming heavyweights before they fly off into the sunset, so if you have not yet bought your ticket head over to the Eventbrite page. As an added bonus, if you’re heading to a talk for The Game Changer  you can get a discount on your tickets to this event (just bring your PWF ticket stubs or receipts as proof along with your #CTRLDEV ticket).

Hope to see you there!