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Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Edition

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Making games can be a long process, but did you know it’s possible to make a game in just days? Last month game developers around the world took part in Global Game Jam, an intense event where you have just one weekend to make a themed game. This year more than 20 local games were made across two sites; Now thanks to FTI and SK Games, you can check them out at a special edition of Playup Perth!

What: Playup Perth Global Game Jam Special Edition
When: 7pm – late, Friday 26 February, 2016
Where: 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge (SK Games)
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

If you want to find out more about this special edition of Playup Perth, simply join the Facebook event or head on over to their website. Tickets are also available for this and future playtesting events right now via Eventbrite.


Curious about the creative chaos that was Global Game Jam 2016? Check out this special report by the folks over at Gamecloud who joined in on the fun.

Global Game Jam 16: Report by GameCloud

Global Game Jam – North and South Sites

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It’s that time of year again, when aspiring and seasoned developers alike come together for some extreme game-making. That’s right, it is time for the Global Game Jam (GGJ), and this year we have two sites lined up for Perth both North and South of the river!

Haven’t been to GGJ before? Want to know what it’s all about?
Here’s a quick overview from the Global Game Jam folks:

The goal is to come together and make a video game, or non-digital game like a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. We share a common theme and constraints. We ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

It will be free to join in the fun at both Perth sites, but places are limited. So if you’re keen to get your game on, be sure to sign up to one of the following locations:

What: Global Game Jam (NORTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Edith Cown University (Mt Lawley Campus), 2 Bradford ST, Mount Lawley
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

What: Global Game Jam (SOUTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Murdoch University, 90 South ST, Murdoch
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

For more information, head straight to the North and South information pages. You can also stay in the loop with the latest Game Jam plans for Perth by jumping into the Perth GGJ Group on facebook.


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



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


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


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


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


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!

Perth games for Global Game Jam 2011

Last weekend was a busy time for local game developers with a local site for Global Game Jam 2011 being run by Different Methods, and an Indie Games Panel (video here) run by Wai-con (Perth’s premier anime convention).

Global Game Jam is an international event in which game developers create games within 48 hours. Due to space constraints this year, the Perth site was invitation only. It will also be the last game jam run by Different Methods. We’d like to thank Simon for running these events over the last few years (we know how much work it is to run events!), and we’ll try to keep them going. :)

This year, the theme was “extinction” and teams at the Perth site produced six games. Please check them out and leave some comments:

You can see these games and more at the Global Game Jam 2011 projects page.

Congratulations to all participants! We’ve been so inspired that we will be running monthly challenges to encourage local game developers to practice and hone their game-making skills. Actually, we’ve been planning that for a while and… well, more on that soon. 😉

If you haven’t heard about Global Game Jam, the 2011 keynote provides some insight into the event:

Update: Just realised that a picture is missing from the montage. Fixing it now! Fixed! :)

Good luck Perth Game Jammers!

The second ever Global Game Jam is on this weekend and everyone here at Let’s Make Games would like to wish all participants the very best of luck. 😉

For those of you who don’t know about the phenomenon that is Global Game Jam, here’s a quick summary: 48 hours of unadulterated creative energy poured into collective game development at breakneck speeds by teams all over the world!

Here in Perth, the local site is being hosted at the Joondalup Business Centre. Setup begins at 5pm tonight and submissions must be in by 3pm on Sunday (the event officially ends at 6pm on Sunday – leaving some time to actually play the games!).

Thanks to the efforts of Simon Wittber (aka. Different Methods), Perth is very well represented as a regional centre for game jamming. Perth was the only Australian location for the first Global Game Jam (at which point Simon had already organised two previous local game jams). This year, the Perth site is also being supported by local game developers Rockethands and Subversive Games.

For more information, see: the Global Gam Jam website; the list of participants for the Perth site; the local event schedule; and the official website for the Perth site.