if anyone in adelaide is driving to melbourn for the IGDC and would like to share the cost of the petrol and have company or whatever im looking for a cheaper alternative to flight or train, plus meeting new people is great fun[:)].
Industry and Education
I just picked up the latest copy of Hyper, and on the back page there is an ad for the next issue, which has a giant picture of one of the Transformers and the title "Transformers - One of the best games to come out of Australia?".
Now, Transformers does look quite smashing if I do say so myself, and when I read this ad I also wondered what everyone elses favourite Australian game is. Well, what is it?
(Also, on the same page in Hyper, they say they are going into an Australian development house. I'm guessing that its Atari, with all the Transformers reviews and all.)
Wasabi! I've just made the (probably foolish, misguided) decision to buy 3dsmax, but for the life of me, I can't find it! =P Nobody seems to carry it on the shelf in Taupo (which is fair enough), and they all look at me funny when I ask if they can get hold of it for me. I'm sure they could, but I'd kinda like to be certain of exactly what I'm buying, since I'll be forking out so much cash.
So, if any kiwis out there can tell me where (in the North Island, at least) I could get the program, or point me to an NZ-based online store, it'd be very much appreciated.
For those people that wake up before 9am:
On Thursday 6th May, the Sunrise show on Channel 7 will be crossing to Atari Melbourne House multiple times to show the studio and Transformers (PS2), starting at 6am(!)
If you want to see some of the faces behind Transformers, some behind-the-scenes bits, and some sleepy looking programmers then tune in!
Anyone know if Irrational Games Canberra is developing the newly announced [url="http://www.shacknews.com/docs/press/042804_swat.x"]Swat 4 title[/url]? Or is it a Boston or MA (wherever that is) thing?
I'd like to hear from anyone who would be happy to answer a few questions on game classification for a feature in The Age newspaper about the absense of an R18+ game rating.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to have your say on the issue.
My dad has an ozzie passport, and I have managed to get Australian citizenship by default as im under 25. I currently live in the UK and only have a British passport. Does anyone know If I still need a visa or ozzie passport if I want to emmigrate to oz? Or can I just turn up at customs with my Brit passport and my certificate of citizenship? Bit of a technical question i know, just thought someone on these forums might have an idea.
ok say i had this awsome idea(just like everyone else does :P) and it was unique(like everyone thinks theirs is), what would be the best way to go about making a demo in as little time as possible but showing your idea as well as possible. Then also to copyright and send to publisher to try and get funding?
Hi - I am currently looking at unis to go to and think that a normal type of uni would suit me more than a game development uni - I was just wondering what universites have the best computer science degrees in australia - and dont say QUT - god i need to escape from here
Thanks in advanced
This is an interesting article:
Ok I'm going to ramble for a bit, hopefully someone will shed some light on this.
The game industry in Australia is growing, but it seems that only the Victorian and Queensland governments are smart enough to see that this is a BOOMING industry. In places like China, India and Korea, game development studios are popping up everywhere trying to provide enough content for online, wireless and console markets.
We have some very good companies here in Australia, and they need to be supported as well by assisting them score more high profile contracts.
The US film industry now recognizes NZ and Australia as a high quality low cost production base which probably is a lot due to the Government promoting it, but they just don't seem to see Gaming in the same callibur.
I have a friend in NZ who managed to get sponsorship from the NZ government (who JUMPED at the chance) to travel to GDC last year to try to get more business into NZ, I tried approaching the NSW government and their answer was "we don't do that sort of thing" ... they are concentrating more on film. I mean, if I said, sponsor me to close the deal for a new multi million dollar high profile film, I'm sure they'd jump at the chance. Games right now is baby steps and this is where it counts. Help a growing industry at the beginning and the results would be exponential right?
Anyone got ideas, or am I totally wrong?
I've heard many complaints on institutions and some favourable comments on them as well (from the forum and through emails), but these articles over at CG Works add some more good points to both sides of the argument... definately worth a look!
[url="http://www.cgworks.com/gap.php?id=7"]Five Good Reasons Not to Go to College[/url]
[url="http://www.cgworks.com/gap.php?id=8"]Five Good Reasons You Should Go to College[/url]
just a quick note that there is a short write-up of Torus and the Auran Jet engine in the latest edition of IT Alive in The Australian (newspaper).
Yes, it's on in late May at Melbourne (only two months away!) and I want to know if you are going! So, hands up, who's planning on going? How are you getting there? How many people are coming with you? Where are you planning to stay?
Someone mentioned somewhere about a Sumea dinner thing happening, which should be cool if it's organised! Would you go?
found by official cz fora resident 'toast'.
Even thought there are very few Tasmanian's on Sumea, I thought I'd give this a try...
Any of you intending on going to the Independent Game Developers Conference in May and want someone to travel with?
I am going to save all my nickels and pennies and try my hardest to go. But if not I'm going to use the money to upgrade my PC!
Now that we're all clear on all the gamedev courses available in Australia (thanks Souri!)...
I am looking at doing animation with Qantm or AIE. AIE seems well regarded by many on this forum. Qantm was heavily bagged a while back (long thread in 2002) but I've heard that the courses have been overhauled and improved.
So... if you are or were recently a student of AIE or Qantm, or you know heaps about either, would you recommend one or the other for animation and why?
I've got a few news posts on the main page that aren't pushed public yet (just letting the job posts have a few extra days run on the main page), but one of the new posts is about Steve's journal entry on Flight of the Amazon Queen!! If you don't know anything about the title, head on to my [url="http://www.sumea.com.au/sint2JohnP.asp"]interview with John Passfield[/url].
Basically, Flight of the Amazon Queen is one of those feats that you hardly read about often enough. It was a graphic point-and-click adventure title that holds up in quality produced by the larger and genre dominating studios of Lucasarts and Sierra, yet was developed by only 3 people. The team from Queensland was called Interactive Binary Illusions (although I'm sure they were called Gee Whiz Entertainment when they made FOTAQ? I remember reading a UK Games mag that mentioned it). Anyways, they're better known now as Krome Studios [:)].
The good news is that John Passfield and Steve Stamatiadis has decided to make the game freeware, and have helped out with the ScummVM people so that [url="http://www.scummvm.org/compatibility.php?details=queen"]FOAQ[/url] doesn't disappear forever into the abyss as OS's change and old games become incompatible, guaranteeing that it can be played on almost any computer! (ScummVM is open source)
Read about it on [url="http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacecaptsteve/117665.html"]Steve's livejournal here[/url]!
If you're a student or ex-student for the AIE, Quantm, or any other Institution offering as game related course, then I need you! A panel discussion has been set aside for Freeplay: Nextwave Independant Game Developers Conference where hopefully we'll get some healthy discussion on current courses, what needs to be improved, what's lacking, did you get a job etc.... Give me a hands up in this thread!
SBS... now! [:)]
The official websites for Transformers went online over the last few days:
Official Game Site:
Atari Australia :
Heaps of screenshots and the new trailer are all up there - but here's a link to the zipped version of the main trailer at the Aussie site:
Just wondering if anyone has any advice on the Electronic Animation course at the AIE (I think it mainly targets 2D animation)?
Im considering looking into as it has no fees and no requirements to get into the course (According to the CIT '04 book anyway.). I've only just started Year 10 and its a field im interested in and most courses at the CIT/AIE require a Year 10 certificate or Year 12 certificate but this one does not according to my '04 CIT booklet.
So does anyone have any information on the course or experience with it?
Just wondering, whos going to the AIE 3D Studio Max thing?
Im trying to go, just wondering if any Sumea members are going [:p]?
If so please state what you are going to wear so i know who you are lol.
So.. whatcha wearing?
I found this presentation, thought some people here might get something out of it: http://www.dallasigda.org/IGDA%20-%20home_files/Meeting_notes/Breaking%…
any Sumeans in this AIE photo from the latest GDAA newsletter?
(sorry if it takes yonks to load)
** edited by Souri - I just converted your 340k png image to a 40k jpg one [:D]