Interested in virtual reality but not sure where to start? Check out VR Bootcamp this weekend to get grounded in this new creative space and see where it can take you, thanks to FTI and Frame VR.
What: VR BOOTCAMP
When: Sat 29th April, 10am- 2pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza Community Room, Cnr Lake ST & James ST
Cost: $85 FTI Members | $100 General
Tickets: via FTI Event Page
The VR Bootcamp is designed for beginners to virtual reality. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of VR: what it is, what it can do, and how it can be applied creatively and commercially. Learn from industry experts, Frame VR, and try the latest VR experiences on cutting-edge hardware. The VR Bootcamp will inspire you with ideas on how to apply VR to your artistic and business endeavours, and you will be ready to bring VR thinking into your own work practices.
For all the details head on over to FTI’s website.
Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up soon!
Swing into action and get hour hands on Savage Cabbage‘s Gear VR exclusive Drowning Dungeon, which is available now for $4.49. Having honed its halls of death at previous Perth Games Festivals and Playup Perth events, you can rest assured that your untimely demise will not be the first there… and certainly not the last.
Every 5 years, the Lord and his wife Carine “invite” a guest to escape from their Drowning dungeon. Should the poor soul escape they will be granted their reward of freedom, however if they perish, their soul and life essence is siphoned through the magic of the dungeon to the Lord and Lady, extending their lifespan and allowing them to continue to rule with an iron fist.
If you think you are up to the challenge, simply find your way to Drowning Dungeon on Gear VR to begin the grim march to your end. Good luck, the odds certainly will not be in your favour.
Ascend the tower, awaken an ancient machine, and breathe life back in
Stirfire Studios have now announced the official release date for their latest game, Symphony of the Machine, which will be available April 11! Update: Game will now be available on April 25th!
Originally conceived at Global Game Jam Perth in 2016, this VR game puts you in control of an ancient machine, solving puzzles as you attempt to restore life to a barren world.
Symphony of the Machine will be available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. If you don’t have access to a VR device of your own the game will be available to play at this month’s Playup Perth on March 24.
You can find out more about the game by visiting their website, or following Stirfire Studios on Twitter and Facebook.
It’s that time again, where you can test upcoming local games at Playup Perth. This one will be all about virtual reality, and special guest Lisa Chu from HTC Vive will be visiting to check out the excellent games being made in WA!
What: Playup Perth VR Special
When: Friday 24th of March, 6 – 10pm
Where: The Nostalgia Box. Shop 3, 16 Aberdeen ST, Perth
Cost: $7 FTI Members | $10 General
Tickets: via Eventbrite
Please note: This is an 18+ event only.
Games set to showcase so far include…
1.) Burning Candle Software‘s Boondoggle is a VR music visualizer built on its own small custom engine. It aims to use pretty shadertoy style ray-marching to make unique visual effects to music.
2.) Scott Ludlam‘s WA 2.0 is an experimental showcase of models, scenarios and possibilities for taking back our future.
3.) Smash It Out‘s yet to be titled multiplayer team death match.
4.) Stirfire Studio‘s Symphony of the Machine. An ancient machine controls the weather and its creators are long gone. You must perform the ritual and come to understand its workings to save your crops.
For more details on Playup Perth and their special VR event, head on over to their website. If you’re a developer and have something you would like playtested, be sure to email
Start the New Year off on the right foot by stepping into Offpeak Games‘ latest VR title Arcane, out now on Steam. Created by the same team that brought you Valiant, all you have to do is choose your weapon and get ready to fight!
You have arrived on a small island with nothing but a stack of magical weapons. A local warlock has been summoning elementals and causing chaos. You’re here to fight and brawl your way to the top of the island, restoring peace to this arcane battleground.
So get your head in the game, ready your weapons, and prepare to take on waves of otherworldly foes! But first… visit their Steam page to get your copy of Arcane~
Having playtested Symphony of the Machine locally for a while now, Stirfire Studio have recently announced that their new game will be hitting the Playstation VR and the HTC Vive in Q1 2017!
An ancient machine controls the weather and its mysterious creators have long since disappeared. You must perform the ritual and come to understand its workings to save your crops. This is a calming, explorative virtual reality experience which emphasises serene, non-violent play over hair-trigger reactions.
This puzzling virtual reality game now has its own facebook page to keep you up to date, and you can check out the Teaser Trailer below~
Knowledge Week is coming up, with events designed to celebrate Perth’s achievements in technology, education and innovation. For those interested in stepping into the gaming realities of the future, a special workshop is scheduled on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Games.
Join game designer and entrepreneur Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie in this intensive hands-on workshop, where you will gain direct insight into the future of games. You will think and see the world like a game designer, learn about the most exciting virtual and augmented-reality game projects, and even try your hand at Stirfire Studios’ locally created VR game, Symphony of the Machine. There are limited spaces, so book soon.
What: VR, AR & Games Workshop
When: Friday, 21 October 2016. 9am – 1:15pm.
Where: City of Perth Library, Auditorium
Tickets: $99 (includes light refreshments) available here.
For more details on this workshop, or the other events set for Knowledge Week, simply head on over to the official event page.
Locally-made VR multiplayer game Valiant by Offpeak Games is set for release soon, and we are pleased to be able to share the game’s early access trailer with you!
Valiant is a fast paced, mounted medieval combat game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It was certainly a crowd pleaser at the Perth Games Festival in 2014 & 2015, and the developers have been working hard to deliver the best multiplayer medieval mayhem experience possible.
Stay in your saddles and keep your lances at the ready – we shall let you know as soon as it hits early access release on Steam this April.
For those interested in expanding their technological repertoire, there is a series of Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Workshops on this week as part of the City of Perth’s Innovation Month.
“…Imaginarium VR will be presenting a series of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality workshops and experiences which will be held at the White Noise Underground Event in a unique secret venue within the previously disused underground tunnel at the Perth Concert Hall.”
- VR Demos and Workshops – 13th April, 2016
- AR Maker Day – 14th April, 2016
- VR Demo Day (plus 360 VR Cinema) – 15th April, 2016
Where: The Tunnel – Perth Concert Hall 5, St Georges Terrace
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite.
The spaces for each workshop are limited, so be sure to register! For all the details on this curious world of VR, AR and underground tunnels, head on over to the Eventbrite page.
Virtual Reality is the place to be, with many of the big names in games putting together their own headsets and systems to make the most of the burgeoning area. Local studio Offpeak Games has been hard at work making the most of this technology, having already won a place in the Amcom <Upstart> and receiving support from the Oompf Games! Fund. You may have played their upcoming title Valiant at PlayUp Perth, or even the Perth Games Festival, and now they are reaching out to the community via Kickstarter to help them in the final stage of development.
Valiant is a multiplayer medieval combat game, exclusively for virtual reality. It features horse-based mounted combat, where players can charge into battle alongside friends, using weapons such as lances, bows, swords, javelins, crossbows and maces.
This is a really solid title that is a lot of fun to play, so to heed the call and set out on horseback, head on over to the Valiant Kickstarter page. The game has already been Greenlit, so you can also check out their Steam page here.