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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!

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~

Announcing the 2014 Perth Games Festival!

logo_white_bg-500pxIt is with great excitement that I would like to announce the Perth Games Festival 2014 by Let’s Make Games!

The Perth Games Festival is a free-to-attend celebration of playing and making games. The day will be full of demonstrations, talks and panels, and a massive hall full of locally made computer games, tabletop games, mobile games and virtual reality experiences.

What: Perth Games Festival 2014
When: Saturday 11th October, 10:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Perth Town Hall
Cost: Free!
Facebook: Here.

Keep an eye out for the Festival website launching in the next few days, as well as further information, thank you notes to our partners and sponsors, and details on the Festival’s Achievement Badge Quest.

If you are a WA-based developer that is interested in showing your games at the Festival, you can find the sign-up form here.
If you are interested in partnering with the Perth Games Festival to support the local game-making community, you can download the sponsor prospectus here.

Photos from BBQ 2012

LMG BBQ 2012:

Thanks to everyone for coming down to our BBQ.  It was quite nice to catch up with a lot of old friends as well as meeting a whole bunch of new people.  We had a bit of trouble securing a gazebo this time around as it was quite crowded but we’ll strive to put down the LMG flag earlier next time.  Here’s a couple of photos from the event and we hope to see you again sometime soon at our next events!  Stay tuned for more info.

 

Related News:

We’ve changed our Facebook page so now everyone can post to our wall! Feel free to discuss upcoming events, post photos and video from previous events or just talk about games.

 

 

BBQ for Perth game developers

Oh my gosh, Let’s Make Games are having a barbecue and you’re invited!

It’s summer time and that means spending time near the cool river, throwing a frisbee, kicking the footy, and chowing down on some snaggers. You know, if that’s your thing. Alternatively, you could hang out in a gazebo and chew the fat with local game developers. I’m sure that there will be people interested in a bit of both!

Much like last year’s Sundowner, this year’s summer event is an outdoors get-together. Students and anyone curious about games in Perth are welcome!

Here are the details:

  • Time/Date: 4pm-8pm, Sunday 27 February 2011
  • Location: BBQ area at Matilda Bay (meet at the Gazebo)
  • Schedule: 3pm setup, drinks and food from 4pm!
  • Food/Drink: BYO or buy our $1 soft drinks and $2 hot dogs
  • Activities: BYO picnic mat, footie, frisbee, etc.
  • RSVP: In comments or on the Facebook event page.

Here’s a handy Google Map (click the markers for more information):


View BBQs at Matilda Bay in a larger map

And here’s a time-lapse from last year’s event to get you excited!:

Let’sMakeGames.org Sundowner from Deceptikong on Vimeo.

(Image credit: BBQ with Steak Tips by bucklava)