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Free Unreal Engine Workshops: Getting Starting and Technical Art & VFX

Text reads: Unreal Engine PERTH. The right side of the image is rendered in Unreal game engine. It depicts a both chasing a red kite over a grassy hill. He is facing away from the camera, wearing an orange backpack, a baseball shirt and jeans. In the background are green rocky mountains and a blue clouded sky.

Let’s Make Games has teamed up with Epic Games once again to bring you two free workshops on Unreal Engine. Hosted by SAE Institute Perth, the first event is perfect for beginners looking to pick up or learn more about Unreal and the second dives deeper into visual effects techniques for those who already have a bit of Unreal knowledge under their belt. No laptop necessary – just come along, take some notes and hang out with excellent industry folk.

Getting Started with Unreal Engine

When: Thursday, Sept 27. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 116-120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This introductory tutorial assumes participants have basic 3D game development understanding, but no prior experience with UE4. You will learn the basics of creating a game from starter content using the UE4 Blueprint visual scripting system. Blueprints are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome.

 

Text reads: Technical Art and VFX (Visual Effects) with Unreal Engine. Hosted by SAE Qantm: Creative Media Institute. Logos include Unreal Engine Logo, and Epic Games.

Technical Art & VFX with Unreal Engine

When: Friday, Sept 28. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 116-120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This tutorial assumes participants have basic previous experience with UE4 and will build upon fundamentals to demonstrate how to develop effects, level tools and enhance their existing projects. These effects will be developed using Blueprints which are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome.

 

For more information, visit the event pages for Getting Started with Unreal and Technical Art & VFX with Unreal Engine. We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Event: Let’s Talk Games

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Listen to interesting talks about making games, while catching up with other WA game-makers at our first Let’s Talk Games event on Friday. This casual evening is for local game-makers, whether you are an indie developer, student, aspiring creator or hobbyist – we want to spend some time with you!

About this Event:

“LET’S TALK GAMES is a semi regular evening of industry talks, casual networking and chilled drinks.
We will be starting off the evenings with a talk presented by our main speaker for the evening followed by games and chit chats.
Light refreshments provided and BYO welcome.

We’re pleased to announce that to kick off the ‘Let’s Talk Games’ series we’re going back to where it all began for Perth game development with Brendan Ragan recaping on the history of our local industry and it’s communities roots. If you managed to catch Brendans talks on our local history at the last few ‘PGF Unconferences’ you’ll know it’s a passionate and insightful story!”

To ensure you get all the updates for this event, join the event on Facebook. If you would like to hear about other events and news for West Australian game-developers, be sure to join the Let’s Make Games discussion group.

Play games that were made in just one weekend at After the Jam!

Global Game Jam 2018 went off amazingly well with the theme of “Transmission,” making for great collection of interesting games. 80 jammers created over 30 games across one weekend (which you can check out here), but alas we did not get time to play each other’s games after the event!  Therefore Let’s Make Games shall once again be having an annual “After the Jam” event, where everyone is invited to come enjoy this eclectic mix of creative games made super quickly.

Global Game Jam Perth: After the Jam!

  • Where: Nostalgia Box, 3 18/16 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6000
  • When: 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 10th February
  • Tickets: Free for Jammers, $10 for everyone else via Eventbrite.
  • RSVP: via the Facebook Event
  • Please note: This will be a alcohol free event.

Without the assistance of our sponsors, SAE Institute Perth and The Nostalgia Box, Let’s Make Games could not have had this years’ global game jam at all. A special thanks also goes to the very kind people at Pixel Sift who wrote up an article about the jammers, and Gamecloud who sent serial jammer Nick Ballantyne to jam with us and tell everyone how it all went down.

We hope to see everyone at After the Jam!

Full Perth Games Festival Wrap Up for 2017

A young boy in the foreground wears a virtual reality headset and is punching his arm forwards. In the background is a crowd of people playing computer games at the Perth Town Hall.

Once again the Perth Games Festival has been and gone, thanks to the involvement of great local developers, brilliant volunteers, and the WA game-making community. As the year comes to a close and you take a break to spend time with family (and perhaps play some of those games on your backlog), look back with us at the big event that was the 2017 Festival.

Get ready to find yourself in the photos, assess all the hubbub in the timelapse and showfloor videos, listen in to podcasts from the day, and prepare yourself for a whole new year of making and playing games in Western Australia!

Interviews with the Game-Makers  Logo: GameCloud. Url links to gamecloud website.

Perth-based games news site GameCloud have once again taken the time to get to know every exhibitor at the festival. You can read their 2017 Festival Report, plus the full coverage of interviews with the all game developers.

Find out how releasing free episodes affects development for a game like The Adventures of Squarewhat are the challenges of making a fandom-based game like The Coins of McGuffin TCG; and how do you make custom physical controls for a virtual game like Pinball VR+!

 

Photos

Here’s a small selection of the fun-filled Festival photos. Be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab copies of your pics), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album and send them to your mates.

 

Podcasts

A number of lovely local purveyors of game-related podcast joined us on the day, both on the main stage and wandering the show floor. Listen in as they talk about the event, and give you some insight into games to watch out for!

 

Timelapse

And of course we once again have the full Festival experience for you, in the form of the 2017 Timelapse below. Don’t blink, or you may miss seeing yourself zoom past!

 

Special Thanks

The Perth Games Festival is a free, volunteer-run event that simply would not be possible without the support of the Western Australian community. Let’s Make Games would like to say THANK YOU to all the Volunteers who step up to help make this event a reality, as well as the Festival Committee who spend their free time planning the event each year!! Remember if you are interested in making-games and working with the local gaming industry, be sure to join our facebook discussion group!

A large group photograph of the volunteers and organisers of the 2017 Perth Games Festival! URL links to larger version of image on Flickr, which can be downloaded free.

Thank you Festival Volunteers!

 

We would also like to once again recognise the contribution of the amazing 2017 Festival Sponsors and supportive organisations, whose backing mean that Western Australian game-makers get the opportunity to show their works to the wider community, and take their projects to the next level.

 

Logo: City of Perth. Url links to City of Perth websitesText Logo: Binary Space. URL links to Binary Space website.

Logo: SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute. URL links to SAE main website.  Logo: Murdoch University. URL links to main Murdoch' Game Arts & Design webpage

Logo: Stirfire Studios. Url links to Stirfire main website.  Logo: Microsoft. Url links to Microsoft Australia's website.

Playup Perth #13 + Creative Innovation Microgrants

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Play the latest in local games at the final PlayUp Perth for the year – test out games before they are released, meet the developers behind them, and be the first to hear about the winners of their Creative Innovation Microgrants!

What: PlayUp Perth #13
When: Friday, December 15, 2017 – 6pm till late.
Where: The Nostalgia Box, 3/16 Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10 via Eventbrite

“Playup Perth is Perth’s premier bi-monthly playtesting event. We facilitate playtesting of new games and game prototypes. At each playup, we playtest games, VR/AR, immersive and interactive experiences currently in development and give feedback to the designers so they can make them even better.”

Below is a sneak peek of some of the games you will be able to get your hands on, but be sure to visit the PlayUp Perth #13 event page for all the details and grab yourself a ticket over on Eventbrite! BONUS ROUND: If you’re a game developer, you could also showcase your games-in-progress at future events; so be sure to peruse the application page and start preparing for 2018.

Let’s Make Games: 2017 End of Year Party

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2017 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! WA has seen award winners at the Tokyo Games Show, the Australian Game Developer Awards, and a shortlisting in Board Game Australia’s Best Australian Game; not to mention several Women in Games Awards recipients! There have been a wide range of events throughout the year to keep us entertained, from PlayUp Perth to the Game Foundry, PotLucks to The Page, and of course the Perth Games Festival, Unconference and Global Game Jam. New opportunities have arisen through successful Kickstarters, microgrants, and jobs, but so too have some doors have closed.

So we would like to invite you, dear community, to join us in celebrating the year that was on Friday, Dec 8th. This is a casual event for all game-makers; come along and say hello, meet new people and have some fun!

What: Let’s Make Games End-Of-Year Gathering
When: Friday 8 December, 7pm till late
Where: The FireHouse, 48 Lake Street (corner of Francis & Lake) Northbridge
RSVP: via Facebook

Other Info: Light nibbles will be supplied, but BYO refreshments (alcohol or otherwise); a drinks fridge is available onsite.

 

♿ Accessibility: This venue is not wheelchair accessible, due to steps at each entrance. Volunteers are available to assist in moving mobility scooters or wheelchairs over these threshold, but we understand that this is not an optimal situation. We apologise for the inconvenience, and efforts will be made in future to better accomodate all community members.

 

Pot Luck 2.0 – My First Game

Text reads: Pot Luck Collective, 17th November, MY FIRST GAME (the world BOOK has been crossed out)

Join the Pot Luck Collective for an relaxed evening playing some of the very first games made my local artists and developers. From games developed in the DOS era, to early tales in Twine, this lo-fi games initiative is about appreciating all creative mediums and coming together to have some fun!

Event Details…

What: Pot Luck 2.0 – My First Game
When: Friday, 17 November 2017. 7pm – 10.30pm
Where: See the Facebook Event page for more details

Short Summary…

Keeping it real ‘Perth’ this time, we’ll be exhibiting a collection of local devs ‘first’ games.
Where did they come from? How did they get here? Perhaps their first game will tell you. Perhaps it’ll will just be bad.
It’s going to be hilarious and insightful and if its neither of those at least there will be leaft over homebrew.

 

To keep up to date with the collective, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can check out images of some of the games lined up for Pot Luck 2.0 below, but there are still more to be announced (plus future creative capers) so stay tuned to their channel!

SAVE THE DATE: Perth Games Festival 2017 takes on Town Hall Saturday, Nov 25th

A table at the Perth Games Festivals, covered in themed badges that form the shape of an 8-Bit 'Space Invader'

On November 25th, the Perth Town Hall will once again be filled to the brim with Western Australia games that you can play for free, as the Perth Games Festival returns for 2017! Here’s what you need to know to have a day of awesome free fun.

What: Perth Games Festival
When: 25 November, 10am – 5pm.
Where: Perth Town Hall, cnr of Barrack St & Hay St, Perth
Tickets: Free!! Invite your friends via the Facebook Event Page.

♿ Accessibility: The Perth Town Hall is wheelchair/ mobility scooter accessible, and will include Auslan interpreters at all Panels. For more information, including Visual, Hearing, Mobility features and Additional Support, visit the PGF Accessibility page.

 

[ unCONFERENCE: EXTENDED PLAY ]

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To celebrate the end the Perth Games Festival Weekend for 2017, we’ll be hosting our third ever Extended Play Unconference on Sunday, 26 November. This casual afternoon is set to feature informal talks and discussion on game development. It’s a free event, and all are welcome – but please note that spaces are limited so book your ticket to Extended Play via Eventbrite.

 

[ PRESS (A) TO JOIN ]

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This event simply could not happen without community support; so why not be a Perth Games Festival volunteer this year? Whether you enjoy making or playing games, are an aspiring developer or seasoned veteran, have gotten involved before or are new to all this; now is a great time to get involved and help us show off the great games (and games community) we have in Western Australia.

Find out more about being a Festival Volunteer here!

 

For more information on this upcoming event of local gaming excellence, check out the official Perth Games Festival website. You can also keep an eye on the Perth Games Festival main Facebook page, 2017 event page, or Twitter.

August Unity Roadshow

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Join the good folks from Unity as they visit Perth to share insights into upcoming features. You’ll get the good word on Timeline, Cinemachine, Mixed Lighting Modes and The Post-processing Stack, and meet Unity Product Evangelist John Sietsma.

What: Unity Roadshow
When: 24 August, 2pm – 5pm.
Where: Novotel Perth Langley, 221 Adelaide Terrace Perth
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite (Be sure to book; spaces are limited)

Come along and learn…

  • Timeline – Add cutscenes and gameplay sequences to your game. Timeline allows you to visually arrange audio, animation, cameras, particles and more giving power to artists and designers to create and tweak game content.
  • Cinemachine – Create cinematics to your game without any coding. Cinemachine is a camera system that will choose the best shot for you. It will blend seamlessly between set shots, gameplay cameras and dolly cameras.
  • The Post-processing Stack – Create film quality colour-grading, tone-mapping and full-screen effects to lift the visual quality of your games
  • Mixed Lighting Modes – Mix static and dynamic lighting to get the best balance between performance and quality.

For more information, visit the Unity Roadshow Perth page or check out their Eventbrite.

Virtual Reality with Hungry Sky: An Artistic Perspective on VR

Join local studio Hungry Sky as they share insight into creating Virtual Reality scenes from an artist’s perspective. After hearing about the process you will also get to see the results, with a live demonstration where you can jump into the virtual realist experience yourself.

FORM and Hungry Sky invite artists, programmers, designers and curious minds of Perth to join us in the discovery of virtual reality technology as a vehicle for art.
Exploring the process of collaboration between an artist and a programmer, this experience will walk the audience through the steps of creating a virtual artwork, uncovering the opportunities and limitations of this platform.

What: Virtual (Art) Reality: FORM Session with Hungry Sky
When: Saturday 19th August. 10am-12pm
Where: The Goods Shed, Cnr Shenton Rd and Claremont Crescent, Claremont
Cost: This is a free event with limited seats. Email to book yours.

For more details on this discussion of virtual reality, head on over to the facebook event page for this session.