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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!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Last Minute Reminder: End of Year Party

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Don’t forget that the Let’s Make Games End of Year Party (complete with cupcakes, donuts and developers) is on tomorrow afternoon!

This will be our last chance to catch up before the holiday season rolls in, so why not come by for the food and stay for the conversation. In addition to eating, drinking and networking, there will also be games to play as the folks from SK Games will be bringing down their latest machine.

What: Cupcake & Donut End of Year Party
When: 1st December, 3pm – 7pm
Where: Terrace Bar (upstairs), Universal Bar & Cafe, 221 William Street, Northbridge
Entry: Free! (18+ only)
RSVP: Facebook! or comments below.

Hope to see you there!

Community Events for October

Cortex Command Released

Local developer Chris Kruger of Kruger Heavy Industries has been working with Data Realms on Cortex Command, since 2008. It’s finally hit release, and is available on Steam, or for direct purchase from Data Realms. Chris worked initially on the Macintosh versions, general bug fixing and coding, helped out on the Linux version and more recently orchestrated its release on Steam.

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Direct Purchase: http://www.datarealms.com/games.htm

Steam Purchase: http://store.steampowered.com/app/209670/

 
Freedom Fall Trailer Released
Freedom Fall

Local development team Stirfire Studios and Lisa Rye have been working on a game called Freedom Fall set for release on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS sometime in the near future.

Both the game and trailer looks fantastic. We can’t wait until it’s released.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5j3bGeAMmI]

Website: http://www.freedomfall.com/

 
LMG End of Year Party Shout-outs and Celebrations
Thanks to all of the people that have backed the Pozible campaign for the Let’s Make Games End of Year Party. We have reached our pledged goal, with still a week to go.

A special thank you to the following awesome people:

  • Saxon Druce
  • Simon Boxer
  • John Chillemi
  • Garry Carrol
  • Melynda Sheldon
  • Kat Black
  • Tim Oliver
  • Richard Kong
  • Vicky Sweet
  • Samuel Thomas
  • Gnomic Studios
  • Jetha Chan

Just a reminder again to RSVP to the Facebook event, and that the date is on the 18th of November, at 3pm. Don’t miss it!

Why do you make games?

At our 2010 end-of-year party, we asked members of the local game development community “Why do you make games?

Here are the responses:

Thanks to Ben for capturing the interviews, and to all our interviewees:

We’re looking forward to interviewing more local game developers next year!

Note: Also check out the party photos.

Let’s Make Party photos

Let’s Make Party was awesome!

We won’t go on about it much aside from saying a final round of thanks, and then leaving you some photos.

Thanks again to our sponsors: Different Methods, Rockethands, DrewFX, Binary Space, and Handwritten Games. Thanks to the team of organisers and volunteers: Minh, Anthony, Ben, Rich, and Saxon. Thanks to Chris to the selection of chip-tunes. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the showreel, and to Lisa and Nigel for demonstrating their games. Thanks to everyone who was interviewed by our videographers. Thanks to the Universal Bar & Cafe who were the best hosts we could ever hope for.

From everyone here at Let’s Make Games, have a great holiday season. We’ll see you next year!

Now onto some photos (also, keep an eye for a video of the event in future):

Let’s Make Party is today!

Perth’s preeminent end-of-year party celebrating local game developers is TODAY!

Make your way down to The Universal Bar & Cafe in Northbridge at 4pm (or around 3pm you want to setup on our demonstration table). For more information see the original announcement and other posts about the event. (Food will be provided.)

We hope to see you there! 😀

See you at Let’s Make Party this Sunday!

Let’s Make Party! is just two days away. Tell your colleagues! Invite you friends! But leave your pets at home.

Here are the details:

  • Time/Date: 4pm – 8pm, Sunday 28 November 2010
  • Location: Universal Bar & Cafe (upstairs), 221 William St. Northbridge
  • Description: End-of-year party for WA’s game development community.
  • RSVP: 21 November 2010 Last minute RSVPs until Saturday 27!

(Note that RSVP isn’t necessary to attend, but greatly appreciated for planning.)

Once more, we’d like to thank our sponsors:

And all of our volunteers, and everyone who has RSVP’d, and everyone else.

We’ll be printing name tags tomorrow and we can still order more food, so it’s not too late for a last minute RSVP (facebook, contact form, or respond to this post). There’s also still time to submit a video for the show-reel (which we will be compiling at the same time), and you are always welcome to bring something to demonstrate.

Here’s what we have in the show-reel so far:

See you on Sunday!

Show off your wares at Let’s Make Party!

Update: Reply to this post with a link to your video on YouTube and we will add it to our Let’s Make Party! playlist.

Let’s Make Party! is just one week away (Sunday 28 November), and we’re inviting all Perth game developers to show off their wares.

Sharing your work is a great way to let everyone else see the sort of things that are going on in the Perth game development scene. It’s also a great opportunity for students to get feedback from industry veterans, and for individuals to demonstrate things that they are interested in working on (who knows, you may find a game development soul mate!)

There are three easy ways to demonstrate your work:

  1. Include a video in our play-list
  2. Setup on our demonstration table (laptop, portfolios, etc.)
  3. Show it off on your handheld device

If you would like to have your video included in our play-list, just reply to this post with a link to your video(s). We’ll put together a play-list with whatever we have on Friday and display them throughout the event on a large overhead flat-panel television (alongside videos from our sponsors).

If you want to setup on our demonstration table, just make your way down to the venue a little early on the day (3pm). We should have plenty of powerboards, but please try to let us know (by replying to this post) if you intend to demonstrate something so that we can allocate enough space.

Finally, we imagine that a lot of developers have smartphones. Be sure to have your videos and games loaded for impromptu demonstrations when people inevitably ask “so what have you been working on?”. 🙂

Photo by Adam Jones adamjones.freeservers.com

A new sponsor appears!

Let’s Make Games would like to thank Handwritten Games, who recently came on-board as our latest sponsor for Let’s Make Party.

Handwritten Games is wrapped in mystery, and we wonder what wonders they will be bringing into the world. Perhaps their website holds a clue. Here’s a quote:

Fedoras? Pew Pew. Yesss. ? Coming Soon.

Of course! It’s all so very clear now!…

This bring our total list of sponsors to: Different Methods, Rockethands, DrewFX, Binary Space, and Handwritten Games.

Let’s Make Party is our fast-approaching end-of-year party (Sunday 28 November 2010) and everyone interested in game development in Perth is invited! (That means you!) For more information, see the original announcement. To RSVP, contact us or use the facebook event page.

We hope to see you there!