Sep 11, 2013
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£125k Pot for Games Innovation

I got an email today from Nisha, from the Government! But it’s ok, all those VPNs and Tor networks have paid off, and it was only good news!

IC tomorrow, which is a “Technology Strategy Board programme that stimulates innovation and economic growth in the digital sector” and who don’t capitalise the “tomorrow” part of their name, have launched a Digital Innovation Contest, in the subcategory of Games. There are five awards of £25k each for 5 different innovative games. The contest is sponsored by the likes of Sony, Crytek, Google and Intel and each have set a different brief within which you need to bust out your innovation.

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In order to grab that cash you need to submit an application in the category of your choice by the 16th October, and there is a briefing event in London on the 19th September. This is going to be streamed online too if you can’t make it in person. As well as the money you get to keep all the IP from any game you end up making, and the website says you don’t need to be an established studio to apply. It all sounds quite promising.

Read more about the individual awards and the contest details at here.

Jul 27, 2013
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Legends of Firestorm – Kickstarter

Frankie Hobbins and Peter Nicholls have just launched a Kickstarter for their free-to-play online hack and slash epic Legends of Firestorm. They are trying to fund the last year of development on the project, having been working full time out of their own pockets for a year already.

The game looks great already and will only get better as they get closer to finishing it. Go check it out now, spread the word, and back them on KickStarter.

Jul 27, 2013
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Events in London

We have a few lovely games events coming up for you in the next month.

On 30th July IGDA are having an evening of short games related talks. TECHNIQUES FOR TAMING/TRAINING ALL MANNER OF GAME BEASTS: HTML 5 GAMES, GAME MACHINES, AND GAME CURATION is taking place at the Keyworh Centre of London Southbank University. London Indies regulars abound as George Buckenham will talk to you about DIY games hardware, Marie Foulston will demystify how to run a games club night, and myself, Joe Bain, will be spelling out HTML5 games and how to make them. Free entry and you don’t need to be an IGDA member to attend.

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The 14th August brings us REZtron – Your Passport To SEGASM which promises to let you play all your favourite old SEGA games on suitably old TVs in a bar in Shoreditch. Downstairs at the Hoxton Pony this is an 18+ event with cocktails, karaoke and “a few more suprises”. Here’s hoping for Richard Jaques knocking out a jazz version of the Outrun soundtrack whilst Yu Suzuki writhes around in a giant martini glass.

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You might also want to mark 25th October in your calendar for Playful, “a one-day conference about games, play, design, interaction and behaviour”. It looks like a pretty decent line-up of speakers, with Jane ní Dhulchaointi, the inventor of flubber-style science goop, sugru, MoMA exhibited artist Stefanie Posavec and Sharna Jackson, head honcho from Tate Kids. Tickets are £65 and selling quick, so don’t miss out.

So plenty to look forward to then.

Jul 4, 2013

London Gamecraft

GameCraft is coming to London. Started in Dublin, this now international game jam organisation is preparing for an event in London on August 10th.

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It’s a one-day game jam, being held at Skills Matter, who host loads of game and tech events in London. Turn up at 8.30 am, the theme is announced at 9 am, then you have 12 hours to get down and mak gam. Beer and pizza is provided for the hungry and there are prizes at the end for the best games. No word yet on what’s up for grabs, but there will almost certainly be t-shirts and that special I-made-a-game feeling.

That’s August 10th folk, entry is free but you need to sign up for a ticket.

Jun 25, 2013
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Blastronaut

Another London(-ish) game developer has come out of the woodwork, Essex based Dwight Breley of Coconut Island Apps is just about launch his first game, an iOS platformer-shooter called Blastronaut.

The game looks like a fun arcadey romp. The trailer has a dubstep soundtrack, and the game itself features 32 levels and some pretty graphics. There is also a thrilling story about a young space cadet lost on the moon in the future or something. You have to shoot stuff and the stuff you shoot dies.

The game is launching soon for iPhone, so look out for it on the app store.

Jun 10, 2013
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LCC Games Showcase

This week graduating students from London College for Communication‘s Games Design course will be showcasing their games. The event runs all week (Tuesday to Friday) at LCC’s Nursery Gallery in Elephant and Castle and is free to attend.

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The Book of Light from Sam Barker, below, is on show, as well as at least 10 other games from student developers, designers and artists. Check out the full list of games at the LCCGames website.

There are also free drinks if you get there early, so hurry along and check out some of the upcoming talent London has to offer.

May 27, 2013
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Yam Yam: Puzzle Guardians

A quick note to let you all know about the release of London Indies regular, Shaz Yousaf’s new game Yam Yam: Puzzle Guardians. It’s a puzzle game, as the name implies, and is available for iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

If you’re a London game developer and would like to spread the word about your game on londonindies.com then email me. Bribes not necessary.

May 7, 2013
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Bit of Alright, Wild Rumpus and GameCamp

London has a bunch of treats lined up for you this weekend and next. Treats moulded in the shape of Bit of Alright, Wild Rumpus and GameCamp.

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This Friday, May 10th will see Bit of Alright, the games and play non-conference, return to London. From 12 till 5 you can listen to talks, play games, and be part of experimental art pieces. The line up is a great ensemble of local game developers, event organisers, artists, musicians and all the rest. Tickets are currently £32 and available from Eventbrite.

Saturday 11th brings the lively and unquestionable Wild Rumpus to our doorstep. Taking place on the same boat as Bit of Alright (yes lets get out on that river people!) and running from 7 to 11.30, a grand old line up of games, drinks and DJ’s will help you party the night through. Featuring Chipzel (of Super Hexagon soundtrack fame) on the beats, and a selection of games including Samurai Gunn (I absolutely love this game), Nidhogg and the UK debut of Tenya Wanya Teens, from Katamari Damacy developer Keita Takahashi. Tickets are a juicy £10, but get yours in advance to avoid disappointment.

Lastly GameGamp 6 is on the following weekend, Saturday May 18th. This was one of my favourite games events, the past couple years it’s been on. It’s run at London’s South Bank University and is an Unconference. This means there is no set agenda of talks but anyone can turn up and put their name on a board to talk about something they’re interested in. Inevitably it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but there are always some really interesting discussions going on, and because of the format, no one is afraid to speak up and interrupt a dull speaker, or to walk out on a particularly bad one. Tickets are a snappy £10, from Eventbrite.

Apr 22, 2013
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London Indie Coworking

Working on indie games can often feel like a lonesome feat, and it is easy to miss someone to talk, get feedback from, bounce ideas off or just have a chat about new developments in the industry or life in general.

Enter London Indie Coworking, the way to keep development going while getting out of the house.

When and where?

We meet twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday in the cafe at the Google London Campus, It’s free, they have fast internet and coffee’s good. Officially we meet from 9.00am to 6.00pm, although people rarely show up before 10.15.

The address is 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX. It’s Close to Old Street, Liverpool and Moorgate stations.

If you haven’t been to the Google Campus before, you’ll need to register for free here (top right corner). Once there tell the porter you’re new and want to go the cafe and enter your code on their display. That’ll give you access to the cafe.

We use a Meetup Page to coordinate easily. It’s best if you sign up there and RSVP if you’re coming. If you can’t find us, post a message there and we’ll find you!

Who can join?

Everyone! Developers, artists, musicians, sound designers, writers… If you’re working in your own game, or want to meet or get involved with people who do, you’re welcome to come.

Does actual work get done?

Yes. Some days are more talky than others, and although some people come just to make contacts or offer their services (which is great!), the big bulk of us come to work on our own stuff with the advantages of having people with the same interests around.

Do I have to bring something?

It’s up to you. Most people bring their laptops to work on their stuff. Others bring a paper prototype. Others bring a sketchbook. Some people just come to meet other people and bring nothing at all.

If you bring your laptop, though, this is important: bring a long cable to charge your battery. There are plenty of plugs around, but you rarely will find a seat close to one.

Feb 28, 2013

Games Question Time

Hot off the heels of Ben Affleck’s recent success, BAFTA are organising a indie games focused question and answer session.

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There are a bunch of names you might have heard, all of whom are nominated for this years games BAFTAs, which are held the day after. Mike Bithell, creator of moody box-sim Thomas Was Alone, Jessica Curry who worked on insane-o-regretathon Dear Esther, Barry Meade, from The Room creators Fireproof Games and Dan Connors, CEO of the estimable Telltale Games.

It’s at the Princess Anne Theatre on 4th March, 7pm. Tickets are £5 an I believe include a free drink.

Unfortunately scheduled the same night as our monthly pub meet at the Crown, but this may well be more educational than that. Make your choices and stick with them, ladies and gents!

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