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Global Game Jam – North and South Sites

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It’s that time of year again, when aspiring and seasoned developers alike come together for some extreme game-making. That’s right, it is time for the Global Game Jam (GGJ), and this year we have two sites lined up for Perth both North and South of the river!

Haven’t been to GGJ before? Want to know what it’s all about?
Here’s a quick overview from the Global Game Jam folks:

The goal is to come together and make a video game, or non-digital game like a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. We share a common theme and constraints. We ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

It will be free to join in the fun at both Perth sites, but places are limited. So if you’re keen to get your game on, be sure to sign up to one of the following locations:

What: Global Game Jam (NORTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Edith Cown University (Mt Lawley Campus), 2 Bradford ST, Mount Lawley
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

What: Global Game Jam (SOUTH)

When: Starting 5pm January 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Murdoch University, 90 South ST, Murdoch
Registrations: Join the Jam here!

For more information, head straight to the North and South information pages. You can also stay in the loop with the latest Game Jam plans for Perth by jumping into the Perth GGJ Group on facebook.

 

Murdoch Study Calls for Participants

Murdoch Study - A World of Choices

Games are great for many things, but is one of those changing the way people think about global issues? Over at Murdoch University, a PhD study is underway to investigate that very question. They are currently on the lookout for participants who would be keen to join a two hour workshop and play a game.

[Murdoch University] invites you to participate in a research study exploring whether playing a planet simulation game might influence perception of global environmental issues. This study is part of [a] PhD Degree in Environmental Science, supervised by Dr Catherine Baudains at Murdoch University

…If you are interested in playing games you can indicate if you would be willing to attend a workshop of up to two hours length. At the workshop selected participants will play a “choose your own adventure” style planet simulation game, playing a planet engineer who has to choose from different options to create a perfect world for a wealthy alien species.

Participation is voluntary, and folks are free to withdraw from the study at any time. If you’re interested in getting involved, head on over to Murdoch’s “A World of Choices” information and signup page.

Co-Op Collaborative Game Dev Evenings

Co-Op Event Banner

Are you a student or developer looking for a free space where you can work on projects? Do you want to work alongside other game-makers to stay motivated and learn some new things? Then perhaps it’s time for some Co-Op! Hosted by Murdoch University, Co-Op is a collaborative game development evening about making great games and helping each other learn new skills.

What: Co-Op #9
When: 4pm* Wednesday September 30th
Where: Murdoch University, Education & Humanities Bldg, Room 2.042
Cost: Free!
RSVP: via Facebook Event Page

[Co-Op]’s a great environment to work on an existing project, to jam on a new idea (we generally use themes from onegameamonth.com), or bring something in for playtesting. In any case, it’s a welcoming, friendly, and busy environment (Unity5, UE4, GameMaker, Construct, and Photoshop available in the lab) – perfect to feel like you’re in good company while you make amazing games!

*As this week (Wed 30th) is study-break for University students, Co-Op will be starting earlier than normal (4pm) and aiming for a fun night filled with game development, pizza, and a little celebratory game-playing. Following Co-Op events will take place at the later time of 6pm.

For more information on Co-Op or to stay up to date with their news and events, head on over to their Facebook Group. All are welcome, regardless of how experienced you are!

Level One Co-working Space

Level One - Co-working Space Logo

Western Australia may be a far away and expansive state, but still our game development community is thriving. We have honed our skills at working independently and remotely, but we also appreciate the importance of catching up with fellow creators to brainstorm, problem-solve, debrief, and most importantly stay inspired. And it is for this very purpose that the Level One co-working space was created.

[Level One is] Perth’s first ever co-working space just for game makers hosted by FTI in partnership with Murdoch University.

The space is open from 9:30 to 5:00 every second Thursday, and you are welcome to come for the whole day or just part of the day. WIFI, coffee and tea will be provided, and please bring some snacks to share. [They] also have 10 iMacs available if you don’t want to bring a laptop, as well as white boards and big flat screen tv.

What: Level One: Popup Co-working for Game Makers
When: Thursday, 11 June 2015, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, 2nd Floor, State Library of WA
Cost: FREE (but RSVP are essential)!
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

For more information check out the Level One website, or to get straight in on this excellent event simply head on over to the Eventbrite page.