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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+!



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.



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!



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.

Tech Industry Taster Event for Women #WeSpeakCode<systers>

Banner Image - Computer Keyboard
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Ladies of Perth – are you interested in finding out more about technology and the tech industry? Whether you are completely new to the field, an experienced tech looking to branch out, or a digital native looking to network, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) has you covered. Coordinated by the ACS Women and Microsoft, the #WeSpeakCode<systers> event is a technology industry taster that is sure to have the information you need.

Sessions are expected to include Games Design 101, PowerShell Primer, C# for Dummies, Blogging for Beginners, Pitch Perfect, Start with .Net, Learn App Design, Entrepreneurship, Sketchnotes, Introduction to Cloud and more. Come along and try and few different things, network with other women and get a Free T-Shirt and Keyring to celebrate the day.

What: #WeSpeakCode<systers> Tech Taster Event
When: Saturday, 18th July, 8:30am – 5pm
Where: Microsoft Office Level 3, 100 St Georges Terrace Perth
Cost: Free (RSVP Required!)
Tickets: Available via the ACS Website

So if you are interested in expanding your tech horizons, simply head on over to the Australian Computer Society Women’s event page to sign up!