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Full Perth Games Festival Wrap Up for 2017

A young boy in the foreground wears a virtual reality headset and is punching his arm forwards. In the background is a crowd of people playing computer games at the Perth Town Hall.

Once again the Perth Games Festival has been and gone, thanks to the involvement of great local developers, brilliant volunteers, and the WA game-making community. As the year comes to a close and you take a break to spend time with family (and perhaps play some of those games on your backlog), look back with us at the big event that was the 2017 Festival.

Get ready to find yourself in the photos, assess all the hubbub in the timelapse and showfloor videos, listen in to podcasts from the day, and prepare yourself for a whole new year of making and playing games in Western Australia!

Interviews with the Game-Makers  Logo: GameCloud. Url links to gamecloud website.

Perth-based games news site GameCloud have once again taken the time to get to know every exhibitor at the festival. You can read their 2017 Festival Report, plus the full coverage of interviews with the all game developers.

Find out how releasing free episodes affects development for a game like The Adventures of Squarewhat are the challenges of making a fandom-based game like The Coins of McGuffin TCG; and how do you make custom physical controls for a virtual game like Pinball VR+!

 

Photos

Here’s a small selection of the fun-filled Festival photos. Be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab copies of your pics), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album and send them to your mates.

 

Podcasts

A number of lovely local purveyors of game-related podcast joined us on the day, both on the main stage and wandering the show floor. Listen in as they talk about the event, and give you some insight into games to watch out for!

 

Timelapse

And of course we once again have the full Festival experience for you, in the form of the 2017 Timelapse below. Don’t blink, or you may miss seeing yourself zoom past!

 

Special Thanks

The Perth Games Festival is a free, volunteer-run event that simply would not be possible without the support of the Western Australian community. Let’s Make Games would like to say THANK YOU to all the Volunteers who step up to help make this event a reality, as well as the Festival Committee who spend their free time planning the event each year!! Remember if you are interested in making-games and working with the local gaming industry, be sure to join our facebook discussion group!

A large group photograph of the volunteers and organisers of the 2017 Perth Games Festival! URL links to larger version of image on Flickr, which can be downloaded free.

Thank you Festival Volunteers!

 

We would also like to once again recognise the contribution of the amazing 2017 Festival Sponsors and supportive organisations, whose backing mean that Western Australian game-makers get the opportunity to show their works to the wider community, and take their projects to the next level.

 

Logo: City of Perth. Url links to City of Perth websitesText Logo: Binary Space. URL links to Binary Space website.

Logo: SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute. URL links to SAE main website.  Logo: Murdoch University. URL links to main Murdoch' Game Arts & Design webpage

Logo: Stirfire Studios. Url links to Stirfire main website.  Logo: Microsoft. Url links to Microsoft Australia's website.

Let’s Make Games: 2017 End of Year Party

The Let's Make Games logo, featuring a party hat and party horn. Image links to facebook page for Let's Make Games end of year party.

2017 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! WA has seen award winners at the Tokyo Games Show, the Australian Game Developer Awards, and a shortlisting in Board Game Australia’s Best Australian Game; not to mention several Women in Games Awards recipients! There have been a wide range of events throughout the year to keep us entertained, from PlayUp Perth to the Game Foundry, PotLucks to The Page, and of course the Perth Games Festival, Unconference and Global Game Jam. New opportunities have arisen through successful Kickstarters, microgrants, and jobs, but so too have some doors have closed.

So we would like to invite you, dear community, to join us in celebrating the year that was on Friday, Dec 8th. This is a casual event for all game-makers; come along and say hello, meet new people and have some fun!

What: Let’s Make Games End-Of-Year Gathering
When: Friday 8 December, 7pm till late
Where: The FireHouse, 48 Lake Street (corner of Francis & Lake) Northbridge
RSVP: via Facebook

Other Info: Light nibbles will be supplied, but BYO refreshments (alcohol or otherwise); a drinks fridge is available onsite.

 

♿ Accessibility: This venue is not wheelchair accessible, due to steps at each entrance. Volunteers are available to assist in moving mobility scooters or wheelchairs over these threshold, but we understand that this is not an optimal situation. We apologise for the inconvenience, and efforts will be made in future to better accomodate all community members.

 

LMG Statement on Community Conduct

Let’s Make Games (LMG) in a non-profit association that supports the game development community of Western Australia. Games are a common thread that link people from all walks of life, and in line with this LMG actively supports a safe environment for all to come together around this craft.

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that harassment, intimidation and abuse have no place in the games community.

Members of the game development industry in Western Australia, whether experienced veterans or aspiring students, are expected to conduct themselves with maturity and professionalism. Similarly, we encourage gamers to be respectful of others in this space, players and creators alike, as this is a community formed around a shared appreciation of the medium.

Whether you look at games on a global scale or locally, this is neither a new nor young industry. Games have been made in our state alone for over 25 years, and we require diverse, creative and inquisitive people in order to continue to mature and grow. It is solely through the support and efforts of compassionate local developers that this community exists today; individuals who refuse to exhibit a basic level of common decency towards others are not welcome at our events or in community spaces.

We would like to thank the developers of Western Australia who are working to improve the industry, and who stand against racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and any other form of discrimination. Let’s Make Games will endeavour to create a positive and safe environment for those who enjoy making games and experiences.

We encourage all game-makers and players within our community to support one-another, so that we can continue to appreciate games together. More details on our Community Guidelines are available on our website.

Free July Workshops: Intro to Unreal and VR with Unreal

Text reads: Unreal Engine PERTH. The right side of the image is rendered in Unreal game engine. It depicts a both chasing a red kite over a grassy hill. He is facing away from the camera, wearing an orange backpack, a baseball shirt and jeans. In the background are green rocky mountains and a blue clouded sky.

Let’s Make Games has teamed up with Epic Games to bring two free workshops on Unreal Engine to you! Hosted by SAE Institute Perth, these events are designed to introduce you to using Unreal, as well as run through how you can get started creating virtual reality experiences with it. No laptop necessary – just come along, take some notes and hang out with excellent industry folk.

What: Introduction to Unreal
When: Mon, July 3. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This introductory tutorial assumes participants have rudimentary 3D game development expertise, but no prior experience with UE4. You will learn the basics of creating a game from starter content using the UE4 Blueprint visual scripting system. Blueprints are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome.

 

Text reads: Unreal Engine PERTH. The right side of the image is rendered in Unreal game engine. It depicts an action scene from a video game, futuristic solders hide with guns drawn behind cars. In the distance, a robot is has thrown a car which is exploding.

What: Getting Started in Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine
When: Tuesday, July 4. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

You will learn the basics of creating a VR project from starter content using the UE4 Blueprint visual scripting system. Blueprints are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome. Topics we’ll cover include: project setup, VR peripheral setup, building materials for VR, VR character setup, using the slice tool and configuring UI for VR projects. We will also cover design principles and VR performance optimization techniques.

 

For more information, visit the event pages for Introduction to Unreal and Getting Started in Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine. We hope to see you there!

Writing for Games and Interactive Course, plus Scholarship Opportunity for Women

Banner Text: Writing for Games and Interactive

Let’s Make Games is proud to announce the Writing for Games Scholarship for Women! One successful applicant will receive a fully-paid ticket to FTI’s upcoming Writing for Games & Interactive Course. The course is being taught by Anthony Sweet (owner of Handwritten Games, lead designer at Black Lab Games), and will run every Wednesday evening for six weeks.

What: Writing for Games and Interactive Course
When: Wed 15th Feb- Wed 22nd March (6 week course)
Where:  48 Lake Street, Northbridge
Standard Costs: $180 Members | $230 General Admission

What does the course cover?

This course includes practical hands-on course material and feedback sessions that will get you started on your road to writing interactive stories. You will also learn tools and processes used for writing and making games, including an introduction to Twine, the open-source program for creating interactive stories. By the end of the course, students will have learned the skills required to develop their own interactive fiction game in Twine, ready to playtest and publish to the internet.

Full details are available from the FTI page. There are still spaces available for the course, whether you wish to apply for the scholarship or are keen to take it on solo.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship comes as a measure to help address the gender imbalances present in the global industry, and to help foster a welcoming environment for everyone in our local community.

Applications can be made via this Google Docs form.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Monday, February 13th.

Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Special

Playup Perth: GGJ Edition

Curious about what kinds of games can be made in just one weekend? Come find out by playing them at the next Playup Perth this Friday! A range of entertaining games on the theme of ‘waves’ will there for you to play, all made in just a few days by teams at our Global Game Jam site!

What: Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Edition
When: Friday, Febuary 3rd. 6pm till late.
Where:  The Nostalgia Box, 3/16 Aberdeen St, Perth
Cost: $7 (FTI members) / $10 (regular)
Tickets: Available Here

NOTE: This is an 18+ event as there will be discounted drinks for sale
Also, The Nostalgia Box is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Games that were recently developed at the Perth marathon of the Global Game Jam will be featured, including PC/Screen games that involve escaping from an abandoned facility (Cortex), fighting your way through the dark by shooting beams of light (Pulse), running a kitchen at a busy diner (Microwave-O-Rama) and a party monster summoned to bring sick waves to the beat of even sicker music (Call of Coolthulu: Makin Waves). And more! Check out the ENTIRE line-up of games available to be playtested HERE.

To keep up-to-date with playtest events for new and yet-to-be-released games, be sure to check out the Playup Perth website.

It’s Party Time!

End of Year Party 2016. <sub>Original Image with thanks to Just Bens Photos

 Nintendo Gameboy Pocket by Just Bens Photos  

It’s that time of year again, where Perth game-makers and aficionados can unite to catch up, relax and talk shop at the excellent End of Year Party! In 2016 we’re holding the event with the wonderful folks at FTI and The Nostalgia Box, so look forward to playing locally-made games and having a good time together.

THE PLAN:

Catching up with other developers is only part of the fun, as there will be be food, games, cheap drinks, and a whole lot of fun! There will even be a dev Kris Kringle (bring along a little $5 gift to give, and you too will be provided with a present).

What: End of Year Party!
When: Friday Dec 9th, 6pm till late
Where: The Nostalgia Box, Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10* Entry ($7 for FTI Members) via Eventbrite.

Extra Details: Spaces are limited, so get your tickets ASAP! Also please note that this is an 18+ Event.

*(Ticket prices go towards hiring the venue, but for devs unable to cover the cost of entry, please get in and we’ll ensure you are able to come along)

BONUS: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

We are keen to ensure that there’s food and fun for everyone on the night, but as a volunteer-run organisation we need your help. If you are a local studio or developer, this is a great opportunity to support the games community and have some fun; In return you get your logo shared with a special thanks on the night, plus through the LMG website and Playup Perth’s mailing list, and of course you will a ticket the party!

PLAYUP PERTH GAMES FOR THE NIGHT:

Playup Perth End of Year Party Banner

Here’s a look at the local games you’ll get to play on the night. Special thanks to FTI’s Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie for her hard work behind the scenes coordinating the evening, and of course the devs who will be sharing their wares with us on the night.

Be sure to grab your tickets asap because space will be limited. We look forward to seeing you on the night and celebrating another year in the games industry together!

Making Games in Perth: The Indie Story

Oz ComicCon Panel: Making Games in Perth

This weekend is the super cool geek fest that is Oz Comic-Con, and one of the panels for the day will be looking at our local gaming industry. Moderated by Ceri Hutton of Pixel Expo, the discussion will be covered by Perth-based game developers Aranda Morrison (Gnomic Studios), Garth Pendergrast (Stirfire Studios), Jess Watson (Let’s Make Games), and Liam Hunt (ByteSprite).

What: Making Games in Perth – The Indie Story (Oz Comic-Con Panel)
When: Sunday, April 3rd. 1.30pm
Where: STAGE 4 @ Oz Comic-Con, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Full details via the Oz Comic-Con website

A Panel of Perth’s own game developers talk about what it takes to get a game out there in the world and discuss all the trials and tribulations they personally went through to turn a concept into a fully playable product.

If you, or someone you know, are heading to Oz Comic-Con and are interested in finding out more about Perth’s games industry, then this is a panel worth catching. Invite them to the facebook event, or simple send them a link to the info page – we hope to see you there!

BONUS: The folks over at Pixel Sift (who regularly interview local game devs) will be hosting a live show on the day as well. Be sure to check it out too!

Come see us at Oz Comic-Con (2-3 April, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre). Buy your tickets today at Ozcomiccon.com

Welcome New Committee Members

Let’s Make Games has worked to support the West Australian game development community for the last seven years. In this time the hard-working Nick Lowe, Minh Tran and Richard Kong have been behind the scenes keeping it all going, but last month they officially stepped down from their positions on the committee. So let us introduce you to the new faces of Let’s Make Games, and take some time to reflect on the cool folks who came before.

First up, we would like to welcome the new members of Let’s Make Game’s Committee, who will be working to ensure the organisation continues to support game-makers across WA and showcase their work to the wider community.

Say hello to…

New Committee Members (from left to right): Jon, John, Wes, Kitty, Brendan, Brad & Jess

New Members (from left to right): Jon, John, Wes, Kitty, Brendan, Brad & Jess

  • John Parker, Chair
  • Kitty Byrne, Vice Chair
  • Brendan Ragan, Treasurer
  • Brad Power, Secretary
  • Wesley Lamont, Ordinary Committee Member
  • Jess Watson, Ordinary Committee Member & General Operations Team
  • Jon Hayward, Ordinary Committee Member & General Operations Team

 

BONUS NEWS…

The new committee has already jumped into things head-on, with members Brendan Ragan and Jon Hayward representing Let’s Make Games in the Environment and Communications References Committee, Senate Inquiry into the future of Australia’s video game development industry. Former Chair Nick Lowe had contributed in the previous call for submissions on behalf of LMG, and the new members stepped up to continue the discussion. The full transcript of the proceedings for WA and Sydney is now available for download here. (Note: Submission were also made by WA developers Black Lab Games and Stirfire Studios). 

 

Thank you to…

We at Let’s Make Games would like to take this opportunity to thank the exiting members of the committee; Nick, Minh and Rich for all their work with the organisation over the years. LMG began back in 2009, with Nick and Minh starting it all. Rich joined the following year, and they have continued behind the scenes as LMG’s committee since it became an Incorporation in 2011. So we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU, to Nick, Rich and Minh for all their support of the local game scene! Your commitment and care has played a significant role in shaping the great community we have here in WA.

Although they are stepping back from their work with the organisation, the exiting members will still of course be involved in making games and playing with new tech; so if you do see them around, be sure to tell them that they are awesome.

If you would like to find out more about Let’s Make Games and our history, you can check it our back story here~

A Wild Web Writer Appears. Welcome to the Team Vivien!

Vivien Lengkeek - Let's Make GamesThere are many exciting things happening at Let’s Make Games, and one of them is that we have had the super cool Vivien Lengkeek join our ranks as a web writer for this very blog.

Vivien has been hard at work behind the scenes in WA game dev, teaching kids how to make their own games as part of CoderDojo WA, and coordinating the Panels for the 2015 Perth Games Festival. As our newest web writer, Vivien will be working alongside Jess to share the latest local game releases, achievements news and opportunities for the WA game-making community.

So WELCOME Vivien!

And to all the WA developer out there, be sure to get in contact with us about your upcoming game releases, betas, events and the like. We are all about getting the word out for locally made games, so make sure to let us know what you are up to!