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2013 Retrospective: Part 2

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In addition to hosting an array of gaming events, 2013 was also a year that saw a number of Perth games charge onto the stage and make their mark on the world. This year saw titles for just about every console (plus a couple for no console at all!), a number of nominations, some special awards, a new studio, game developer grants and even some special community events.

Nominations for WA’s Best

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In 2013 we saw a wide variety of homegrown games vying for the title of ‘Best Game’ in the WA Screen Awards. The games nominated for the prestigious award were Orbeats (iOS) WRK Studios, Square Off (Win7) by Gnomic Studios, deviator (ARG) by the PVI Collective, and Freedom Fall (PC) by Stirfire Studios. Who won? Well, if you’re not familiar with the results of the award ceremony then you will find out further down this article…

A Different Form of Footy Game

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The first game out the gates for 2013 was that of FootyBoss. Released in March by Different Methods, this title provided a sporting experience for the Australian gamer in the form of an in-browser Aussie Rules team manager simulator.

Deviator takes to Streets

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March also saw the WA premiere of the Augmented Reality Game ‘deviator’ by the PVI Collective. This real-world game saw the streets of Perth became a playground for those playing via their mobiles for a full week.

Two titles from Entropic Entertainment

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Entropic Entertainment released not one, but two games this year, starting with the tale of Tankya’s Adventure: The Curse of Zoltar which hit Desura in March. In October the studio’s next adventurous title Brave Kingdom came out swinging on Android, just days after the WA Games Showcase.

SK Games set up Shop

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In June we same the new game development studio SK Games set up camp. Headed by Louis Roots, an ECU graduate who had been working in the game dev industry overseas for the past couple of years, the studio has since produced an array of group games that have amused an entertained at local events.

Freedom Fall hits the ground running

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Moving on to July we saw Stirfire Studio‘s highly anticipated title Freedom Fall launch at the first ever PAX AUS. Yes, it was this game that won the coveted crown of Best Game at the WA Screen Awards - not to mention it was also a finalist for both the Best Design and Game of the Year categories at the Australian Game Developers Awards. Freedom Fall has since been Greenlit on Steam, so an updated version is currently in the works.

Solitarium released

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A second release at the PAX convention, DrewFX released the card game, Solitarium. DrewFX showcased at the Indie Showcase at the huge, Melbourne-based convention. This fantasy solitaire game is available to purchase from the Solitarium website.

Blitz Bandits breaks out the Beta

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July also brought about beta access for the retro-inspired brawler Blitz Bandits. The game  by Blake Simpson is receiving rave reviews, and we are told that Mac OSx and Linux versions are on the horizon.

Freeplay Awards then Halflings hit the Stores

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September saw Handwritten Games (and LMG’s very own Anthony Sweet) win a Freeplay Award for the free print-and-play card puzzle Outside These Walls. Then, not being the kind of folk who rest on their laurels, in October Handwritten Games’ half-sized heroes were set loose as the boardgame Halfling Heist (also a finalist in the Freeplay Awards) was made available on The Game Crafter.

Four from Perth get GCAP Assist

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Each year Screen Australia offer assistance packages to game developers across the country, to support attendance to the Game Connect Asia Pacific conference. Among the 21 developers awarded GCAP Assist grants in 2013, there were 4 WA representatives; Lisa Rye (Freedom Fall), Blake Simpson (Blitz Bandits), Anthony Sweet (Handwritten Games) and Jess Watson (Esperino).

The GCAP Assist crew joined a number of other Perth developers invading the Melbourne Conference, including the likes of WA development studio (and GCAP Indie SponsorBlack Lab Games.

Square Off now on new Platforms

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As we reached November we saw Gnomic Studios‘ killer cubes make their way onto just about every handheld device (and then some). Previously released on XBLA, Square Off has now blasted it’s way onto Android, iOS, Windows Phone and OUYA.

Ending on a high note with Euphoria HD

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And last on the list of Perth games for 2013, but by no means least, the year ended with the intriguing sounds and curious content of Eufloria HD. Developed by Titanium Studios, the title made it’s way onto the PS Vita via the Playstation Store just in time for Christmas.

But wait, there’s more!

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As well as there having been many a game and award for WA across the year, the end of 2013 also saw a surge in the number of opportunities for the Perth community to play some homegrown games. First there was the invasion of the underground malls at GameCloud and GameCity’s Indie Day, then gamers, families and various fine folk braved the heat to play some brilliant games on the big screen at FTI’s Pop-Up Arcade.

All in all there was a lot going on in the world of WA game development. Each year we seem to be getting bigger and better, while the future of our games industry just keeps looking brighter. We had a great time with you all last year and are looking forward to even more fun.

So bring on 2014!!

Reminder: Pop Up Arcade on this Weekend!

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For those keen to get their local games fix before the end of the year, here is a last minute reminder that the Film & Television Institute of WA will be hosting a Pop-Up Arcade at the Perth Cultural Centre this weekend. Whether you’re looking to entertain the tykes now that the school holidays have unleashed them, or you just want to try out some fun games on the big screen, the Pop-Up Arcade is surely the place to be.

When: 15th December, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Where: James St Amphitheatre (between PICA and the State Library), Northbridge
Entry: Free!

The official list of Perth games set to be on show has also released, so you can get ready for the gaming goodness of:

For more details check out the official FTI announcement, dino flyer, or head on over to the Facebook event page.

GameCloud presents: GameCity Indie Day!

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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.

Perth game developer talks now online

Those of you who missed out on last month’s Short Talks by Perth game developers can now watch some of them online! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to record all of the talks (due to NDAs and sensitive information).

Aranda Morrison from Gnomic Studios spoke about developing Square Off! for Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) Marketplace. He presented a lot of great information for XBLIG developers wondering how to market their games (eg. timing is vital!):

Saxon Druce from Binary Space spoke about development of Class 3 Outbreak, a web-based flash game featuring zombies and Google Maps. He candidly touched upon a range of topics including: getting Dugg; last-minute server reconfiguration; approaches to making money from a free game; and player attention spans:

Let’s Make Games would like to join our speakers in sending out a huge “Thank you!” to local videographers Richard Kong and Benny Goodtimes for recording these talks and getting them online!

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!

Keep those survey responses coming!

Thanks to everyone who has responded to our surveys thus far. It’s great to receive feedback on events and to see all these submissions for developer profiles and a game directory listings.

Just a reminder that we are currently running three surveys:

  1. Community (Scene): For everyone involved in games in Perth!
  2. Developer: Former and current game developers, submit a profile!
  3. Game: Provide us with information on games that you have worked on!

We hope that prolific local game developers will take some time to submit multiple responses to the developer and game surveys (assuming that they have worked at various companies and on various games, even if those companies are no longer around).

So how are the surveys going? Our estimates place the current response levels at:

All those responses and we still want more!

If you have yet to respond, please consider the following:

  • If you previously experienced some technical issues (the dreaded “you have already completed this survey” bug), please give it another go. We’ve patched the server software and everything should be peachy now.
  • Maybe you have worked on a game, but figure that someone else who worked on it will submit a profile (so you don’t have to). Well, they may be thinking the same thing! If we get multiple submissions for the same game, we will merge the results (resulting in an ever BETTER profile!)
  • Maybe you feel that your game was: made a long time ago, not that great, unworthy of a listing… who cares anyway… sigh. Well, WE CARE! We want to know all about it and when you are a rich and famous game developer you’ll want to relive the old times!

By simply responding, you could join the ranks of these great local developers:

Moreover, you could see your work featured alongside these great games:

In summary: Every response we get helps us paint a more complete picture of game development here in Perth. Our past, present, and future becomes more clear with everyone bit of information you submit! So please, keep those responses coming!