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Local game Paradigm makes it into the PAX Australian Indie Showcase

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Pax Australia is back in Melbourne this November, and it has just been announced that WA-made game Paradigm will be featured in the Pax Australian Indie Showcase. This specialised showcase is designed to highlight the best indie games from across Australian and New Zealand, with the titles on show selected by games industry veterans.

The work of local developer Jacob Janerka, Paradigm is a highly anticipated hand-crafted game that featured at the 2014 Perth Games Festival, and was successfully Kickstarted back in 2014.

Paradigm is a surreal point-and-click adventure game set in the strange and post apocalyptic world of Krusz; a land inspired by a mix of Eastern Europe and the 70’s and 80’s.  You play as the unattractive yet over-confident mutated Paradigm; who must prevail through inconvenient trials to overcome the insecure yet tyrannical sloth antagonist, Olof! Imagine a cross between The Mighty Boosh, Lucas Arts adventures and Fallout.

So congratulations Jacob (and of course the handsome mutant Paradigm) on securing a place at PAX! To find out more about Paradigm, head on over to the website. Or simple visit the PAX Australia website to get the low down on the Indie Showcase and grab your tickets to the big event!

 

PAX Aus Update: Indie Showcase Contest, plus Panel submissions now open!

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Win a space in the Indie Showcase

At this year’s PAX Aus, the indie developers of Australia will have plenty of opportunities to connect with the ever eager gaming public. In addition to the dedicated space of the Indie Pavilion, the folks at PAX are also holding a competition to show off your games in the Indie Showcase! The showcase, a separate exhibit to the Indie Pavilion, will host games that feature a high “fun factor and a great gameplay experience” as judged by the people behind PAX.

The cost of entering your game to be considered is $50, and the lucky Indies selected to feature will receive:

  • Four Exhibitor Hall Badges for PAX Aus 2014, (giving you access to everything exhibitors receive).
  • A 3 x 3 meter booth in the PAX Aus Exhibition Hall, for you to demo your game. PAX can also provide you with a monitor and speakers (but not hardware or video adapters) for your display, provided that these are requested at least 30 days before the show.

To be eligible for consideration you must be an independent developer without a traditional publisher-developer relationship in place, you cannot be funded by an outside party, and the game must at least be in beta form. Just make sure you fit these requirements before submitting, because if you don’t the game will be automatically disqualified, with no refunds on the entry fee.

The deadline for submissions into the Indie Showcase is July 6th, 2014.
So head on over to the Indie Showcase page at Penny Arcade for all the details.

Other Booth Options

Don’t fit the Indie Showcase contest requirements? Fear not! Applications are still open for booths at the Indie Pavilion, as are registrations for general Exhibition spaces.

 

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Take part in a PAX Aus Panel

We at Let’s Make Games recognise that the people of WA have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to gaming; knowledge no doubt worth sharing with our friends on the far side of the country. So if you have something on the subject of games that you would like to share with an eager audience, you will pleased to hear that submissions are now open for Panels and Speakers at PAX AUS 2014.

“You’ll be hard pressed to find a more passionate, engaged, and thoughtful audience than the tens of thousands of gamers from around the world that converge on PAX. This year we have over a hundred hours of theatre content to be filled.”

The deadline for panel submissions is August 8th, 2014, so if you’re interested in sharing your thoughts, you can sign up over on the PAX Panel page.

PAX Aus Indie Pavilion Applications Open plus Details on Discount Flights

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In 2013 the first ever PAX Aus gave indie developers from across Australia and New Zealand the chance to show off their wares to over 30,000 gaming enthusiasts. If you are eager to get in on this game show action, applications are now open for the Indie Pavilion at this year’s PAX Australia. The event will once again be held in Melbourne, with the official dates set for October 31st – Nov 2nd. This conveniently sits right after the Game Connect Asia Pacific conference, which means that we West Australian developers will be able to get the most out of our interstate industry travels. On that note, PAX Aus have teamed up with Virgin Australia to provide discount flights to Melbourne for the event for a short time only, so check it out!

This year’s Indie Pavilion is capable of accommodating up to 36 developers, each of whom will each be assigned a podium where they can showcase their games and give the sea of attendees a chance to play. As outline for last year’s event, to qualify for the pavilion studios must be a registered Australian or New Zealand company, have no more that five full-time (or contracted) employees, and must have commercially released at least one game prior to exhibiting. In addition to having more space at the event for indie developers this year, the cost of the individual stands has been reduced; the price of a podium (for successful applicants) is now only $1200, compared to $1800 last year.

Perth’s own Stirfire Studio made use of the Indie space at the 2013 PAX Aus to launch Freedom Fall, garnering the game many new fans and excited reviews;

“PAX was an amazing experience” says Lisa Rye, the creator of Freedom Fall, “We were able to show our game to the Melbourne audience and engage with media opportunities we never would have had in WA. Just as valuable was the chance to get feedback and advice from experienced game development teams!”

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For those keen to get in on the Indie Pavilion action, applications close at the end of May 2014. After this point they will be assessed, and the final exhibiting games will be decided upon by a committee from the PAX Australia team. For more details on the application process, contact the Ben Williams (PAX Aus Account Manager) via ben@reedpop.com.au.