November 22nd, 2012 | By Mark Isaacson
I should probably begin this week’s IGM Aus with an apology. You see, I had intended to visit the Let’s Make Games end of year party last weekend, but real life (the idiot that it is) decided that, oh no, that would be far too much fun for little old me to handle. So instead of this article being all about partying like it’s 1999, I’ll have to come up with another method.
I’ll backtrack for a moment. I’m from Perth, Western Australia. I wasn’t born here, but I’ve spent most of my life here so it’s definitely home to me. Since I’ve become entrenched in the Indie industry over the last few months, I’ve been searching for local talent to talk to and write about. Luckily for me, I’ve so far found a healthy supply of gamers putting in the hard yards, but I also made another equally important discovery in the process.
Let’s Make Games (LMG) is a non-profit group that’s all about supporting the local community. Founded in 2009 by Nick Lowe and Minh Tran, LMG provides the kind of public service that all Indie gamers should have access to. Whether its holding functions and events to bring the local industry and the community together (check out the showcase from earlier this year in the video below) or showcasing local talent on their website, LMG’s goals are all about creating a presence and raising the profile of the local game development community.
In 2013, LMG are expected to take part in the worldwide Global Game Jam event, among many other community initiatives that continue to push things forward. Personally I hope to be a part of it, even in a small way. Real life may have gotten in the way this time, but I swear on my IGM Gaming Bible it won’t happen ever again (yes, we have a Bible. It’s all leather like and smells of burnt out graphics cards on a warm summers day).
The website itself is home to a number of helpful resources and links too, the kind of tools that can sometimes be overlooked by startup companies. If you’re a Perth based studio, or just looking for some helpful hints in general, I definitely suggest heading on over to the Let’s Make Games website. Also, if you are indeed from Perth, remind them they need to change their profile picture of our great state. There’s a new tower in that skyline!
I have to admit, I’m super excited about next year. I’ve only been at IGM for the last few months, but already I’ve met some amazing people and discovered some awesome talent. To think that I’ve only scratched the surface of this industry, who knows what else I may find if I dig a little deeper, even in my own home town!
Before I go, we have a special interview with Nnooo over on IGM Mobile. This special edition will be published over the next few weeks in tandem with this weeks release of Spirit Hunters Inc. It’s a great read, believe me, so head on over to IGM Mobile and check it out. Until then, game on.