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iParty 2.0 photos

iParty 2.0 was a great success with around 100 people attending!

Thanks to everyone who attended (you make organising these events worthwhile), our volunteers (Stewart, Brett, Alex, Saxon, Steve, Nigel, John, Sam, Simon, Anthony), and our sponsors (Different Methods, the Innovation Centre, Subversive Games, Rockethands, Black Lab Games, and Reveries Virtual World):

sponsors

Special thanks also to all companies that contributed to the showreel (apologies to Binary Space for not getting their “Class 3 Outbreak” teaser in) and to Game Pride for bringing along some laptops to demonstrate their latest game “Boo!”. Thanks also to Ben, who took most of the photos.

Here are some photos from the night in chronological order:

We made beautiful music

Last night’s Guitar Hero: World Tour competition and social night was super fun.

Turn-out was a less than normal (just over 20 people – maybe people were intimidated by the music-game-ed-ness of it all), but it didn’t matter one iota.

I’m not sure that any words written here could do it justice, so I’ll just leave it to videos (on our brand new YouTube channel!) and photos.

Here’s a compilation video of how the evening progressed:

And here’s the complete encore performance of the competition winners, Rainbow Stance:

Finally, here are the photos (I was very conscientious to take a lot of photos this time!):

Note: Know of any other local games community/industry videos/groups on YouTube? Let us know so that we can add them to our favourites list!

July social event wrap-up

Reminder: Can’t get enough of local scene events? IGDA Perth are running a Design Theme Night! It starts at 7pm tonight (Tuesday 11 August) at the usual venue (The Velvet Lounge).

Our July social event, What’s That in Your Pocket!?!, was a great night for local gamers and developers.

The theme for the evening was “portable gaming” and the main focus was on a number of locally developed iPhone games. The night started off slowly as we worked through some technical problems (audio) and hardware setup (laptop and projector).

Here’s picture of us setting up:

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Unfortunately, I was too busy to take more photos when the night got going! As always there were a few early arrivals and we ended up with 40 something people after the official start time.

Dharmesh from GameTraders (Carillon City and Carousel) brought a couple of PSPs so that people could get hands-on with Dissidia: Final Fantasy months before it is due to be released. He brought along a few prizes and ran a low-key impromptu tournament. Final Fantasy fans rejoiced!

A number of local game developers brought their iPhones and iPod Touches in order to causally show off their games. After an hour or so, we switched the projector over from the Dissidia tournament to promotional videos from local developers.

  • DrewFX showed off their recently released surfing game, Surf Prodigy, and spoke a little about technical and legal issues in bringing it to market.
  • RocketHands teased their upcoming (first) iPhone game, RocketFuse. They also committed to an easy-to-remember release date of 09/09/09!
  • Staring Man announced that the latest update to their iPhone game, Pools of Blood, features music from local band Karnivool.

Surf Prodigy and Pools of Blood are available now on the iPhone Apps store, so support our local developers and check them out!

Thanks to GameTraders, all the local developers who brought along videos, and everyone for coming along and supporting these local scene events. Our next event will be on Tuesday 25 August… and it will be music-themed. ;)

For handy reference, here are the videos shown at the event:

Show Us Your Bits write-up and photos

The LetsMakeGames.org May 2009 mixer event – Show Us Your Bits – had a fantastic turnout of over 40 professionals, students, hobbyists and interested public eager to showcase and play the latest projects and gamejams from Perth developers.

Hosted at the Wineroom at the back of the Brass Monkey, there were delicious finger foods and a toasty fireplace to keep everyone warm against the chill outside. A projector displayed numerous projects-in-development, gamejams and screenshots to the entire room while a table of computers along the back wall showcased some great games.

The following games were featured on the PCs:

Title: Bubble Blast!
Author: Rohan Anchan

Title: Mazeman
Author: Kieran McDonald

Title: Copperhead
Author: Sam Zeid

Title: Locked In
Authors: Sam Zeid, Neha Shatas, Mitchel Curtis, Nicholas Garel, Stephen Morghan, Jovin Jovinson, Simon Jonikis and Nichole Lisson

Thanks to everyone who attended, and a special thanks and congratulations to everyone who brought their games for people to play. It was great to have so many people enjoying the handiworks of local developers, and is a good sign of things to come for the Perth scene!