The 2016 Perth Games Festival Wrap Up!

The Perth Games Festival is over for another year, and now that we have all had a good, long rest it’s time to take a look back at the day that was! This year more than 30 exhibitors filled out the Perth Town Hall, showcasing a truly diverse range of 60+ games. Over 1600 people braved the blustery October day to play a game or two (or three!), chase down some achievement badges, and settle into the comfort of the City of Perth Library to listen to a panel.

To wrap up this wonderful event we have a timelapse video for you, a huge collection of photographs, the social media buzz, plus the Perth Games Festival feature on West TV’s Undercurrent. See if you can find yourself on the amongst the games and gamers!

The Timelapse


The Photos

Despite stormy weather and other events around town, the festival once again drew a huge crowd of game lovers to the Perth Town Hall. There are plenty more than the photos below, be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab any pics of yourself), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album.



 In the News

The Perth Games Festival has once again caught the attention of a number of sites, and has even been featured on WTV’s UnderCurrent. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews that we have seen around:


The Tweets on the Streets

The people of Perth were keen to spread the festival love, taking to social media to share their experiences of the event. Here are just some of the cool things that were shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

 


Final Word

Let’s Make Games would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to the festival committee for organising the event, the volunteers for lending their time to help the day run smoothly, the developers for making such amazing games, the panelists for sharing their knowledge and experiences, the sponsors for supporting the event, and last but not least the over 1600 people who attended the festival. Thank you all for coming out to support Western Australian game developers, and for showing how much games mean to the community!

Don’t forget to visit the Perth Games Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on post-festival news, and to keep an eye on news for next year!



 

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The Badge Quest Returns, with Excellent Prizes

The Achievement Badge Quest is back again, giving you the chance to win prizes just by playing games! Around the Perth Games Festival a number of developers have exclusive festival badges for you to collect – here’s what you need to know to get your badges and win some awesome things.

How does it work?

The Badge Quest is free to take part in; here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  • Get your 1st Badge from the Welcome Desk (and take a peek at the prizes),
  • Play games at the all the badge booths to earn the other Badges (a total of 6 for kids under fifteen, and 10 for everyone older),
  • Return to the Welcome Desk to show them all the badges…
  • PICK YOUR PRIZE!!

What can you win?

We once again have an excellent range of prizes available for you to choose from, including lots of games, tickets, and books for both adults and kids on making games, coding and art. Prizes are limited though, so be sure to get in early and get playing so you can have your pick of the best!

Here are some of the super cool prizes offer…

  • PAX Australia 3 Day Passes3 Day PAX Passes!

Yes that’s right, thanks to PAX Aus you could get yourself a full pass to attend the massive PAX Aus event in Melbourne (valued at $165 ea).

(Note: Only two 3-day passes are available. These tickets are for the PAX Aus event only, and do not include flights or accomodation for the event.)

 

  • Tons of Australian Games!

Our friends over at Surprise Attack have put together a solid selection of Australian-made games for you to get your hands on, including Hacknet, ScreencheatSuper Mutant Alien Assault, Western Press,Dungeon League and Vertiginous Golf!

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Nostalgia Box Retro GamesGet yourself a family pass to The Nostalgia Box, and check out over 100 consoles from the 1970s through to the 2000s. Plus you can actually play iconic and awesome games, including Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot and many more. This is a great way to go behind the scene and uncover the ‘making’ of present-day consoles as you read the stories of each console. You are sure to find most if not all consoles from you childhood as well as many you have never seen before.

 

Realmz Escape GameJump into a mystery, with free tickets to the Realmz Curse of the Mummy escape room. It’s like being inside a point-and-click adventure game, only the puzzles are all too real. Upon receiving a diary owned by your great, great grandfather you find clues that link him to an ancient legend of a great and almighty pharaoh… and so begins your journey into mystery.

 

  • Books, accessories, vouchers, and much more!

There will be many more prizes for you to choose from, including a massive selection of books about games and game-making (thanks to Boffins), Vouchers for iTunes, GooglePlay and Steam, and much much more!  Just head on over to the Welcome Desk to get everything you need to know, and a look at the other cool items you have to choose from.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Shoutout to the Sponsors that make all this possible. In particular, the folks you helped us with prizes are:

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 Nostalgia Box - Logo  Realmz Escape Room Game

 

And of course, our other excellent sponsors:

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY ⍟

ShowGizmoBinary Space, ScitechFire Tech Camp Australia, and Autodesk

Pale Blue Dot Games, Sentient ComputingUnity

and Isaac Turner Design.

Final ‘Thank you’ to super cool Sponsors

The games festival is almost upon us! So we would like to do one last thank you to some brilliant sponsors who have come together to support the event, and keep it awesome and free.  So join us in saying a super big THANK YOU to…


Fire Tech Camp are all about teaching kids about tech, so they jumped at the opportunity to be involved! They will also be showcasing at the festival, at booth 12 – be sure to check it out.

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Fire Tech Camp Australia is a leading tech educator, bringing together creativity, innovation and technology to empower children with the right skills and environment so they can build something amazing. Through school holiday tech camps, after school clubs and Saturday tech clubs we put technology into kids hands so they can create their own games, design mobile apps, build robots to their bidding and much more! Fire Tech Camp is proud to support the showcasing of local talent and are excited about developing the tech literacy of our new generations.


Autodesk joined us in 2015, and their back again providing support for the festival as well as connecting with local game developers and animators!

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Check out www.autodesk.com/makegames

 


We all know that Scitech is home to super cool science, but did you know that they share a lot of their information through games and play?

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Explore your world at Scitech with engaging science and technology experiences for the whole family. Experiment with robotics in the CSIRO Lab, play with the latest gadgets and gizmos in the Rio Tinto Innovation Central exhibition, or see a whole different world using virtual reality headsets. Scitech also has explosive science shows, over 100 interactive exhibits and Australasia’s largest planetarium.

Scitech is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation by all Western Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Nostalgia Box is not only a place to go check out iconic consoles and gaming history, they also host local playtesting events for Playup Perth! They will be showing off their excellent ware alongside the Playup Perth booth, over at table 23.

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Nostalgia Box is Australia’s 1st interactive Video Game Console Museum, located in Northbridge. A day at The Nostalgia Box promises new experiences, a loving trip down memory lane, and a crash-course in the history of gaming. This is the perfect opportunity to share your childhood with loved ones or just relive it once more!

 


GameCloud are the official media partner for the event, connecting with local game developers to bring you all the news on their games, plus interviews, reviews and more.

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GameCloud is an online games media outlet based in Perth, Western Australia. We aim to deliver detailed reviews, features, and original content that is not influenced by profiteering.

 


Realmz Escape Game joined us last year with special tickets for the Curse of the Mummy escape room game. Test your mind with an experience that draws you in, and challenges you to escape…

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Realmz Escape Game is a fully immersive theme park experience that puts you and your friends as the adventurers in a real life fantasy world. Explore the tomb to discover the clues and solve the puzzles before your time runs out.

 


A special thanks also goes to Isaac Turner Design, who is behind the brilliant designs you will see this year on the festival flyers, program and posters.

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

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY ⍟

ShowGizmoPAX 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!

 

Panels, Auslan Interpreter Tour, and a Festival Expansion!

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!