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Level One Launch: Game Dev Coworking Space Now Open Full-time

Level One Coworking Space

The Level One free game dev coworking day is on again tomorrow, but did you know that they are now officially open for coworking full-time? If you’re interested in checking out the new setup, FTI and SK Games will be hosting a launch reception next month complete with tours and drinks. Here’s a peek at the details from their official press release:

After a successful twice-month pop up co-working event that launched in April 2015, FTI has partnered with local game studio and events company SK to turn LEVEL ONE into a permanent co-working space. LEVEL ONE is co-located in SK’s West Perth Studio at 167 Fitzgerald Street and is open Monday to Friday 9:30-5pm, with 24/7 access available.

Introductory pricing starts at just $10 a day for hot desks and $65 a week for permanent desks.

What: Level One Launch 
When: 5pm – 7pm*, Thursday 3 March, 2016
Where: 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge (SK Games)
Tickets: Free! RSVP via Eventbrite

*Free tours will also be available during the day, from 10:00am until 4:00pm (no RSVP required for tours)

For more details, head on over to the Level One announcement page.

SK Games Bush Bash Launch

SK Games - Car Header

The folks at SK Games may have only crashed onto the Perth scene recently, but they have certainly made an impact. The studio’s website is now officially up and running, providing not only updates on their latest Bar SK shenanigans, but also allowing you to download their Gun Dash game for free.

BAR SK Bush Bash Event

This weekend SK will be running their final backyard bar event before the rains begin. As per usual there will be a host of cool folks to chat with and a collection of cheap drinks to choose from. This time round they will also be launching their latest title ‘Bush Bash‘, a car game housed in the huge metal carcass of a real car.

What: Bar SK ‘Bush Bash’ Launch
When: Saturday, April 12. 6pm – 10pm
Where: SK Games. 167 Fitzgerald St, Perth.
Cost: Free! Max capacity 75 people.

For more information of the Bush Bash event check out the official Facebook event. Otherwise you can keep up to date on latest SK Games happenings through their website or facebook page.

2013 Retrospective: Part 1

2013 was a great year for our growing community of game creators. From the (sleepy-eyed) enthusiasm of game jam to a cupcakey finale, there was plenty to do, see and make in the WA game-dev scene.

Global Game Jam 2013

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Let’s Make Games kicked off 2013 with the Global Game Jam, hosted at ECU Mt Lawley over the Australia Day weekend. Over 60 game developers and students crammed into two classrooms for a 48 hour marathon of intense game creation, joining over 16,000 jammers worldwide. Fifteen games were registered by the end of the weekend, with Adventricule winning our judges over and receiving an award prize from sponsors Microsoft Australia.

» Click here to view the 2013 Global Game Jam official wrap up and photos.

 Games In Progress Forum

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In May there was the Games In Progress Forum, a collection of micro-talks from local developers about their projects and works-in-progress. It offered an honest look into indie game development, with many developers generously displaying the guts of their creations for scrutiny and feedback. The Forum also included a playable Oculus Rift station, and yoyo’s provided by venue sponsor QANTM College.

» Click here to view photos from the Games In Progress Forum.

VRJam Official Playtest Hub

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Let’s Make Games hosted Australia’s only Official Playtest Hub in August for Indiecade and Oculus’ VRJam. In the heart of the city, a dozen developers madea range of virtual reality games and experiences in three weeks, with playtesting and demonstration sessions opened to the public every Saturday. The playtesting sessions attracted many interested players and technology enthusiasts, and the Hub went on to become the WA Game Studios co-working space.

» Click here to view photos and videos from the 2013 VRJAM .

WA Games Showcase 2013

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The 5th WA Games Showcase was our biggest yet. Hosted in the spacious foyer of the East Perth CIT campus, over 250 attendees came to play the wide range of games; from board games to console games, virtual reality games to handmade arcade machines, there was a huge range of WA game talent on display. Included in the program was a screening of fan film Fallout: Lanius, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, producer and actors. Even the traditional sausage sizzle came out for a run, keeping attendees well fed.

» Click here to view photos from the 5th WA Games Showcase.

Q&A with Cameron Royal

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In October, Perth was visited by CCP Games Senior Programmer, Cameron Royal, who talked with WA developers and students about working on the global multiplayer hit, EVE Online. Cameron provided insights into the studio culture at CCP, his experiences in the hiring process at a AAA studio, and the type of technology required to keep a globally scaled MMO running and evolving. Hosted at the Scitech Lotterywest Theatre, the night proved informative and insightful for developers.

Donut Cupcake Party

LMG End of Year Donuts

We finished off the year with our annual end of year party, once again at the Universal Bar & Cafe. A great way to celebrate a big year, with plenty of donuts, cupcakes and donut cupcakes to go around. Entertainment was provided by SK Games’ most recent octopus-themed arcade game and the usual program of chiptunes and eSports on the big TV.

As well as this hectic event schedule, the Let’s Make Games volunteer staff and committee were instrumental in many other initiatives and activities throughout the year. A big thank you to all of the LMG volunteers for their time and dedication in making 2013 a great supportive year for game development in WA.

 

 Stay tuned for Part 2 of our 2013 retrospective!

GameCloud presents: GameCity Indie Day!

Game Cloud Event 'Game City' Banner

It’s been a busy year for games in Perth, with many a quality title being released, new studios and partnerships coming about, not to mention a steady stream of awards and nominations arising. In addition to joining us this Sunday for the  Let’s Make Games End of Year Party, why not reflect on the year that was at the all you can eat, drink and play ‘Indie Day’ extravaganza organised by the folks at GameCloud and GameCity.

What: GameCity Indie Day
When: 7th December, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Shop TR2/3, Raine Square Shopping Centre, 300 Murray Street, Perth
Entry: $25
RSVP: Facebook.

As this event is an ode to the Perth gaming industry, there will be a range of games to try your hand at, including some of the latest Perth-made titles. Some local developers already on the gaming guest list are Stirfire Studios, SK Games, Titanium Studios, Gnomic Studios, Black Lab Games and Sky Breaker Games.

For all the latest details on the delicious food and gaming goodness check out the official Facebook event.

Indie Games Marketing Course

Let’s Make Games is proud to present the Indie Games Marketing Course!

Coming to help Perth game developers with their marketing and PR are Chris Wright [MELB], founder of Surprise Attack and game marketing specialist (with over 100 campaigns under his belt), and Tim Colwill [PER], editor-in-chief of Internode’s gaming portal Games.on.net. The IGMC is an intensive evening course that features an interactive 2-hour positioning workshop, plus talks and feedback on your marketing from our guests:

Tim Colwill: Approaching the Press

What does it take to catch an editor’s eye? How can you make your press release stand out from the other 6,000 that cross their desk every day? As editor-in-chief of the thriving game community games.on.net, Tim will give you first hand insight into what you can do to make your press materials attractive to even the most time-deficient editor.

Chris Wright: Indie Game Positioning Workshop

Chris will take you through a two hour interactive workshop on how to “position” your game. Using a variety of unique exercises, this Surprise Architect will get you thinking about your games’ hooks and themes, and how to emphasise these unique features within the global game market. Prepare to be delighted and astounded as you learn things about your game that you never knew (or perhaps were too humble to admit!), and how this information can boost your marketing efforts.

 

Bring your games, bring your plans and come for an evening of indie games marketing kung-fu. Tickets are only $35 for this valuable information-packed workshop that will get your game’s marketing on track. Book your ticket soon, as spaces are limited. Light refreshments will be included during a coffee break.

 

Details

  • Time/Date: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Thursday April 26th
  • Location: Northbridge Piazza Community Building, cnr Lake St. and James St. (entrance is beneath the big screen)
  • Tickets: $35, available from Eventbrite or the order form below!
  • Event Page: Facebook
  • Flier: For printing is here.

The Indie Game Marketing Course is proudly sponsored by ScreenWest and City of Perth.

What’s Up Pitches?!

Update: All standard presentation spots are now taken (although there are challenge spots still available), and there have been some minor changes to the schedule.

For the latest information see this blog post.

Do you have a burning hot concept that you just need to tell everyone about? Have you been head-down for six months and are ready to show off your hard work? Need to find an artist or programmer for your masterpiece?

Now’s the time to pitch it to us!

What’s Up Pitches?! is a Let’s Make Games micro-pitching event being held at Central Institute of Technology on Friday, 27th May. Bring your 3-minute pitch about your game-related project or topic, participate in interactive activities, or come and listen to see what developers in the local industry are thinking and working on.

Flyer (click for larger version):

If you are interested in presenting a 3-minute micro-pitch, please respond to this post, to the Facebook event, to the PIGMI mailing list thread, or use our Contact page.

Details:

  • Time/Date: 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Friday 27th May 2011
  • Location: Central Institute of Technology, East Perth (140 Royal Street, formerly known as eCentral TAFE)
  • Schedule: Registration from 5:30pm, pitches start at 6:00pm!
  • Activities: Micro-pitches, interactive activities, networking
  • RSVP: If you intend to provide a pitch at the event, please RSVP by 20th May.

Some members of Let’s Make Games are already preparing micropitches about their current projects and pet peeves. We also have two special guest speakers (Garth Pendergrast from Stirfire Studios and Quie Ying Morrison from WA Tourism) who will pitch an idea and pose questions on this website for you to respond to with your own pitches!

So, what are you going to pitch?

Flyer photo credit: John Morgan

Games panel discussion & networking session for ScreenWest

Together with ScreenWest, we are running a games panel discussion and networking event next Wednesday (16 March 2011). Obviously, we’re super excited! Any time we get to share our love for games is a time to look forward to.

This event is the perfect opportunity for Let’s Make Games to let local traditional screen practitioners know all about games (what they are and how they are made), and to introduce them to local game developers! So we hope that you can all attend, and encourage your other media colleagues to be there as well!

Keep an eye on our homepage (or follow us on twitter) as we will announce the panel line-up later this week. Thanks to ScreenWest for putting this event together!

Details:

And here is a handy map!:


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Update: Fixed the RSVP email address! The correct address is rsvp@screenwest.wa.gov.au (It was previously incorrectly listed as rsvp@screenwest.gov.wa.au).

Short talks by Perth game developers

Let’s Make Games is proud to announce our next event:

  • Title: Short Talks by Perth Game Developers
  • Time/Date: 5:00pm – 8:00pm, September 10, 2010
  • Location: Room B202 (the theatrette), eCentral TAFE, 140 Royal Street, East Perth
  • Description: Let’s Make Games has invited four local game developers (Matt Comi, Saxon Druce, Aranda Morrison, and Paul Turbett) to share their first-hand experiences developing and releasing games for various platforms (iPhone, Flash, Xbox360, Playstation 3, and PSP).

We’re very excited to have such a great line-up of speakers talking about recently released games on multiple commercial platforms. Perth game development has sure come a long way in the last few years!

Here are some links to our speakers’ games:

Here’s the event flyer (click image for a print-ready version):

Hope to see you there!

Update: If you are on Facebook, check out the Facebook page for this event.

Update: Location updated with Room number (B202, the theatrette). We’ll be putting up signs and guiding people to the right place, but it’s nice to know the room number just in case!

The cake is a lie… so have some pie

Our next event will be next Friday and this time it isn’t purely a social affair!

Details:

  • Time/Date: 5:30pm – 7:30pm / Friday June 4, 2010
  • Location: eCentral (TAFE), 140 Royal St, East Perth
  • Description: Short talks on Python and Game Development

We’ve invited local game developers Simon Wittber and Chris McCormick to present short versions of talks that they are preparing for PyCon AU 2010 over in Sydney.

Here’s the flyer (click image for a print-ready version):

In keeping with the “Py” theme, there will be pie. Or is that a lie? Is this going to be some sort of pie-con? (Our sincere apologies for that pun.)

Hope to see you there!
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Note: We’re experimenting with more technical events based on community feedback. If this goes well (good turnout and responses), we may seek to run more. Do you have something interesting to present? Or something that you would like to see a presentation on? Let us know!

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Update: Fixed typo. Event is until 7:3pm (not 8:30pm) and doors close at 8:00pm. Sorry for the confusion!

Sundowner this Saturday

As the sun sets on a significant period for the Perth game development community, Let’s Make Games has decided to run a sundowner so that everyone can catch up over a drink and a BBQ.

Details:

  • Time/Date: 4pm-8pm, Saturday 27 February 2010
  • Location: BBQ area at Matilda Bay (meet at the Gazebo)
  • Schedule: 3pm setup, 4pm drinks, 5pm cooking, 6pm food!
  • Food/Drink: BYO or buy our $1 soft drinks and $2 hot dogs
  • Activities: BYO picnic mat, footie, frisbee, etc.

Here’s a handy Google Map (click the markers for more information):


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We apologise for the late notice compared to our previous events (a number of us have been distracted by recent matters), but we hope to see you there!

Update: Facebook event page.