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Winners Announced for 27th West Australian Screen Awards!

27th WASA Awards - DrumBeats on Stage

Last night saw the red carpet roll out at State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, for the 27th WA Screen Awards. Local creatives came out to celebrate and be celebrated, but in the end there can be only one winner (per category at least). So on that note *drum roll please* the winner of the Best Game award for 2015 is HolyOake with DrumBeat Quest! Building upon the Drumbeats community health program, Drumbeats Quest is a rhythm-based game designed to be played alongside mediated sessions and group exercises to help build social and emotional intelligence in young people.

27th WASA Awards - Dinosaur Discovery Augmented Reality Experience

In addition to the Best Game category, the evening also saw the Best Interactive Production go to the teams at Hungry Sky and the WA Museum for their Dinosaur Discovery Augmented Reality Experience. This experience allowed for people to see themselves interacting with dinosaurs in real time on the big screen at the Perth Cultural Centre – fun and terrifying for the whole family!

We at Let’s Make Games would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winners and their fellow nominees, be they makers of games, interactive experiences or other screen endeavours.

Photo credit: Michelle Sandford

‘Best Game’ Nominees Announced for the 27th West Australian Screen Awards

The fine folk at FTI have announced the successful nominees for the 27th West Australian Screen Awards (WASA), and 2015 is the third year that a games category has been included. Three local games have made their way onto the list, all quite varied in style and purpose.

As a bit of interesting background information, two of the nominations this year are for games that use novel control schemes, one of the titles has been developed as part of a therapeutic support program, and two of the studios featured have been nominated for the award on previous titles. But enough talk, on to the games!

And the nominees for Best Game are…

 

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Drumbeats Quest, by HolyOake
(Drug & Alcohol Counselling and Support Service)

The Drumbeat Quest therapeutic program is a new health education resource for counsellors and educators based on the award winning Drumbeat program. Designed as an expansion to the original Drumbeat program, Drumbeat Quest innovates by using a video game as a tool for building social and emotional intelligence.

 

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Catnips, by SK Games

Catnips is a 2-team cat milking simulator. Described as “nifty” and “horrifying”, deep down catnips is just about love, nipples, survival and catmilk. Not the easiest to describe in one paragraph, keep an eye out and experience it yourself next time the cats are in town.

 

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Square Heroes, by Gnomic Studios

Square Heroes is a comical arena shooter featuring Online, LAN, Co-op and local multi-player and an arsenal of weapons to blast your friends out of the sky! Hone your skills and level-up your character in the single-player Tournament, or skip straight to the main event and challenge your friends in one of the hilarious and frantic online skirmish modes.

 

Congratulations and best of luck to this year’s nominees! The winners will be announced at the 27th WASA Gala Awards Ceremony on 29 June, 2015. This red carpet celebration is set to include special VIP guests, fancy food and drink, and will be attended by film industry leaders, WA screen practitioners, media, sponsors and industry partners. If you’re interested in attending, tickets are available via Ticketek.

Snow Spin takes home the title of Best Game at the WA Screen Awards

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Earlier this week a sea of creatives, celebrities and screen industry reps converged upon Health Ledger Theatre to celebrate the 26th Annual WA Screen Awards. There were a number of games and interactive experiences entered, but of course there can only be one winner so…

A big congratulations are in order for the Edis Brothers at EZone, who won in the Best Game & Interactive Narrative category for their iOS title Snow Spin! Released December last year, the game puts players in the snow shoes of daring explorer Prof. Capt. Roger Headwind, who is forced to retrieve lost treasures and plane parts on his trusty snowboard.

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A special mention must of course go to the other nominees, including SK Games for the party favourite Gundash, and the folks at Raging Pixel Productions with not one but two nominations for their interactive apps Orangutan and Where’s My Snack? Terrible Tim the Pirate.

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If you’re curious to see the winners of the other equally excellent categories, simply head on over to the FTI site and check out the full list.

Entries now open for the WA Screen Awards

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Have you (or someone you know) released a game or other such creative thing in the last year? Entries are now open for the 26th WA Screen Awards (WASA), and the Film and Television Institute WA (FTI) are on the prowl for the best and brightest productions in the state. Creative West Australian works delivered from 1st January 2013 through to 31st March 2014 can be entered for consideration, with eligible forms of entertainment including games, interactive works, web series, videos, feature films, short films, music, television production and documentary.

Stirfire STudio wins the 2013 WASA for Best Game!

Last year’s awards saw several top notch Perth titles battle it out for the crown of ‘Best Game’, including the likes of Orbeats,  Square Off and deviator. However in the end the inaugural award went to the irrepressible force that is Freedom Fall (PC) by Stirfire Studios.

All the info on entering a Game:

  • Categories: Games can be entered into the Best Game category, as well as other relevant areas such as Best Original Music, Best Script and Best Production Design, provided that they are entered into the ‘long form’ category.
  • Cost: The cost of entering work into the Best Game category is $85 for non FTI members and $42.50 for FTI members*, while the other categories are generally priced at $45 for non members / $22.50 for FTI Members*.
  • Entry content: Entries can be on any gaming platform, however in order to play the games judges may contact entrants to coordinate access to a demo, redemption codes or hardware as appropriate. It is worth noting the initial online judging requires an online link to a video demo of the gameplay, which must be provided with the original entry.

Other handy notes for entrants:

  • Made in WA: In terms of what constitutes a WA-made piece of media, either the Production needs to have been based largely in WA (in terms of the personnel involved, location and/or funding) OR a WA-identifying Individual can enter their work, even if the production they were a part of was based elsewhere. Vague? Yes, but that’s the point! The FTI are keen on being inclusive of works produced from our peeps in one way or another.
  • *Membership Discount: As far as price is concerned, non-members are encouraged to apply for FTI membership prior to entering, so that they may benefit from the 50% member discount. The total cost of a standard membership and a (member discounted) long form entry equates to only $7 more than the solo entry price for non members. Plus for Students, Concession card holders and Minors this cost is even less. This means that for almost the same price you can enter your game, and get such membership perks as access to the FTI Library, registration in the Crew Database, and event/training/productions discounts. If these kinds of benefits seem right up your alley, head on over to the FTI membership page for more details.
  • Award Ceremony: And finally, one last thing to note is that all award nominees will also receive a complimentary ticket to the awards ceremony so that they can party the night away. Woo!

To find out more:

For more information, including a full list of all the categories and costs, head on over to the WA Screen Awards page. Or if you’re all ready and raring to go, the online entry form is available here. Goodluck!

Applications for the WA Screen Awards close 30 April, 2014.