We still have so many exciting announcements for you, so today we’re packing a few into one post. As a quick run down before you get into the full post:

  1. The festival is expanding across three locations this year
  2. The full lineup of our Talks and Panels are listed below, and
  3. Auslan Interpreters will be available at the Panels AND a Auslan Interpreter-supported tour will take place for members of the Deaf community.

Now on to the full details! We are pleased to let you know that this year…

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The Festival will be run across the Perth Town Hall, the City of Perth Library, AND the Cathedral Square Precinct!

 

Perth Games Festival 2016: Featuring Games in the Perth Town Hall, Talks in the City of Perth Library (Auditorium),plus VR Alley and the Chiptunes & Chill space in Cathedral Square. Come Join us 10am-5pm, Saturday Oct 1st!
Yes we have so many great things to show you, that we’re taking over the whole area! Here are the key details you need to know your way around:

In Perth Town Hall you will find

  • The Welcome desk and beginning of the Badge Quest
  • A huge selection of games on both floors,
  • The Mature games will be in a seperate room,

In the Auditorium of the City of Perth Library there will be:

  • Panels and Talks throughout the day (more details below),
  • Auslan Interpreters (for all panels and talks)

And in Cathedral Square you will come across:

  • Virtual Reality games and experiences,
  • Pervasive (live-action) games throughout the day,
  • Live chiptunes music and a pleasant space to rest.

 


Next up, here is everything you need to know about the Talks and Panels for the Perth Games Festival! We are absolutely delight to announce that thanks to the support of our Talks Sponsor Health Engine

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The full Talks and Panel schedule is now available below, and Auslan Interpreters will be present at them all!

 

The full Talks listing is as follows:

 

10:15AM – 11:15AM
DONE-GEON & DRAGONS

Hien Pham, Ben White & Emily Smith

Dungeons and Dragons is perhaps the most well known role-playing game system, but what else is out there? This panel highlights niche and unique cooperative story-telling systems, as well as alternative RPGs for newcomers and veterans alike.

11:30AM – 12:00PM
PIXEL SIFT: LIVE SHOW

Pixel Sift’s weekly podcast, but live and in the flesh. Join Gianni, Mitch and Scott as they talk about the games that matter to you and the people who make them.

12:15PM – 1:15PM
YOU CAN CREATE GAMES TOO!

Oscar Brittain, Megan Campbell, Ben Chandler, Matt Dyet & Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie
It has never been easier to get started making games, but with so many resources, where do you begin? Our panelists will share their experiences of getting into game development, along with advice for aspiring developers. Whether you’ve played games your entire life, or are just getting started, there is no reason to stop you from making them too!

1:30PM – 2:30PM
DESIGNING GAMES FOR AN AUDIENCE

Wesley Lamont & Liam Hunt
What grabs a player and retains their engagement? Join local game designers to look at some modern games and the logic to best entertain the audience. Great for aspiring game-makers and students!

2:45PM – 3:45PM
FROM ‘HOBBY’ TO FULLTIME: STIRFIRE’S POST FREEDOM FALL JOURNEY

Lisa Rye, Matt Dyet & Brendan Ragan
On January 11th at 50 minutes past midnight – Western Australia’s first Steam Greenlight title was released to the general public. Today Stirfire is working on two games – both for release next year. What’s the “Stirfire Method”? How has it changed since Freedom Fall? What highs and lows occurred in between and how did they shape the studio?


And last, but by no means least, we will also be hosting a new initiative this year that we are super keen to let you know about. In 2016 the Perth Games Festival will be including an:

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Auslan Interpreter-supported tour of the Festival, for members of the Deaf Community.

 

Join a festival volunteer for a short tour around the event, where you can chat with the exhibitors and get your questions answered. This walkthrough is made possible with the assistance of an Interpreter from the WA Deaf Society. Spaces for this tour are limited, so bookings are essential. If we experience significant demand for tickets, we will look towards adding an additional tour! If you are only interested in attending the general festival and panels, tickets are not required.

When: Starting 4pm

Where: 
Beginning at the entrance of the Perth Town Hall

Cost:
Free! (However places are limited)

Tickets: Tickets for the tour can be booked via Eventbrite
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Please Note: This tour is for people who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired, and their families, to assist them in getting the most out the Perth Games Festival. Attendees who do not require Auslan Interpreter are requested not to book tickets for this tour, but can of course explore the festival at their own pace.

If you have any questions, please contact our Festival Coordinator jess@letsmakegames.org


And of course, we would like to once again thank our other excellent sponsors:

⍟ MURDOCH UNIVERSITY ⍟
ShowGizmo
PAX AusSurprise Attack, and Binary Space

ScitechFire Tech Camp Australia, and Autodesk

Pale Blue Dot Games, Sentient Computing, and Unity

Realmz Escape Room, Nostalgia Box, and Isaac Turner Design.

Without the contribution of these sponsors, the Perth Games Festival just would not be possible, so we mean it when we say THANK YOU!