Playup Perth have a special event lined up this Saturday, as part of the KickstART Festival. Coordinated by Games We Play and FTI, this event is set to feature games for kids, including titles made by young local developers! If you or someone you know is a budding young game-maker, be sure to check it out.
What: Playup Perth: KickstART Edition
When: Sat 29th April, 1pm- 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray St, Perth
Cost: FREE! (RSVP Required)
Featuring games created by local youth, this all-ages edition of Playup Perth is a great way to try out the latest games in development and meet the people behind their creation. Not only will you get to try your hand at the latest unreleased games, you’ll have a hand in helping make them better.
Spaces are limited and the games are entertaining, so be sure you BOOK HERE to secure your place before going! Check out the Playup Perth website for more details of the games on show, as well as future playtesting events.
Leap of Faith, by Numbat Byte
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
These days games, in all their varying forms, are more popular than ever, and there’s no doubt that they contain value beyond mere entertainment (although we do love that part about them). Around the world games and game mechanics have been successfully integrated time and time again into change-making, social enterprise, business, charity and non-profit organisations, as a means of engaging the community and making a difference.
For those in the Perth community keen on incorporating the good side of games into their work, FTI and Games We Play have a intensive 2-day workshop on this month worth attending, Gamechanging: harness the power of games and play.
What: Gamechanging 2-Day Workshop
When: 9:30am-5:00pm, August 21 and 22, 2014
Where: FTI, 25 Francis Street (State Library of WA Building), Northbridge Australia
Tickets: $750 for FTI Members, $850 for regular tickets via BrownPaperTickets
How would you like to…
- Engage more authentically with your clients or stakeholders
- Raise your profile
- Build and strengthen your relationships with new and existing clients or stakeholders
- Improve fundraising or sales
- Manage risk and increase the effectiveness of your work
In this two day hands on workshop, award-winning game designer Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie will show you how to integrate the power of games and play into your work in an effective and ethical way.
This unique workshop mixes case studies with a hands on approach where you will actually learn about how to use games for changemaking and engagement through direct experience. You will become a game designer by working with a team to create your own prototype (the fancy word game designers use to describe an early version of a game).
For more information on the Gamechanging Workshop, visit the Games We Play official event page.