By @ 10/20/15 in articles

Digitally Downloaded HeadlineDigitally Downloaded, a local games web site, ran a roundtable feature article today which asked a series of questions of a list of developers from throughout Australia. The list of devs includes myself, Santana Mishra (Witch Beam), Morgan Jaffit (Defiant Development), Nicole Stark (Disparity Games), Paul Turbett (Black Lab Games), Neil Rennison (Tin Man Games), Ross Symons (Big Ant Studios), Nic Watt (Nnooo) and Trent Kusters (Armello).

Questions cover all sorts of things about the Australian games development industry, so if you want to get a great, multi-voiced 50’000ft overview of what it’s like to make games in Australia, this is the article to check out and share. Every one of these developers has great things to say which are important for anyone trying to make it as a games developer here.

IMG_1645I’ve been quite candid in this interview about battling depression and anxiety, which has hit me particularly hard this year. I suppose I’ve just decided that it’s something I want to be more open about now so that I can be some kind of support both for the students that I teach in my part time job at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and for other developers, family and friends.

With that in mind, I’ve also agreed to be on a panel at PAX Australia called More Than a Game: Playing for Mental Health and Wellbeing. It’ll take place on the Saturday of PAX (31st October) at 3-4pm at the Wombat Theatre. You can find it on the map (right) or you can come say hi at our booth.. Please do come along, feel free to ask me or the vast panel of excellent speakers on the subject any questions you’d like. Alternatively, anyone who’d like to talk can approach me immediately after the panel. I’ll make a point of sticking around and carrying on the conversation with anyone who’s interested in talking.

Be well, everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all at PAX!



By @ 10/15/15 in news

For the fourth year in a row, we’ve decided to hop on down to Melbourne for the combination of PAX and GCAP (that’s the Game Connect Asia-Pacific conference for those unaware). This year, Rohan and I will be giving a talk on our relationship with the craft of game development over time. The theme for this year is ‘Loving the craft’, so that’s mainly what we’ll be discussing.

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But wait! There’s more! If you were on Twitter this morning, you might’ve seen me involved in a hailstorm of rapid-fire tweets under the hashtag #GCAPChat, in which Leigh joined fellow developers Brie Code, Nicole Stark (who was on the Women in Games panel with me at PAX last year) and James Everett to facilitate a general discussion on Twitter about a range of topics which will be important at this year’s conference.

We talked about the biggest challenges the industry currently faces, the greatest opportunities open to us, our thoughts on incoming new tech, and of course, diversity in games – why we still suck at it so much and how important it is to help get better at it.

I had a great time chatting, and it was all thanks to GCAP and the organiser Tara Brannigan, so please check out the full Storified version of the discussion here to catch up and set the mood for what I’m sure will be another exciting and inspiring conference!



By @ 10/10/15 in artblog, news

Happy Saturday, folks! This is just a quick announcement that if you’re going to be at PAX Australia this year (and let’s face it, who in this part of the world isn’t?), then be sure to check out the PAX Rising indie pavilion for some hands-on time with Objects in Space.

AirlockIt’s still very early days yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t let people feel what it’s like to navigate the star systems of Apollo.

To celebrate this news, we’ve updated the Objects in Space web site with a new gallery of screenshots (mainly of the Ceres class starship), and have  a dev blog post from our lead artist Mathew Purchase about the transition from 2D to 3D and what that meant for the development cycle.

Check it all out and if you’re keen for more spacefaring submarine-influenced intrigue and excitement, then we’ll see you at PAX Australia!

Sincerely, the Flat Earth Games team…



By @ 10/05/15 in techblog

commanddeckRohan has posted a new dev blog over on objectsgame.com outlining the jump from 2D to 3D.

For those unaware, Objects in Space was originally going to be an entirely 2D game, using pixel art graphics on everything from the main bridge to space stations and NPCs. What we discovered, however, was that the level of functionality we intended for the game simply wouldn’t work on an entirely 2D plane.

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 1.57.20 pmWe wanted to switch to 3D, but knew we didn’t have the resources to compete with high-end space trading games like Elite: Dangerous, so we agreed to keep the low-fi look of the game even as we went 3D.

The poly counts and texture resolutions were kept very low to evoke that pixel-art feel. Each monitor would become its own interactive texture, and the player could zoom in and out with a simple left-click/right-click interface.

Check out the dev blog from Rohan here!



By @ 09/02/15 in news

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 9.32.36 amIndie Game Magazine has checked in with Flat Earth to see how Objects in Space is coming along. In this month’s issue, we talk to the magazine about the way we’ve structured the writing team.

Check out the post on www.objectsgame.com for more details and an excerpt, and stop by the forums if you want more!



By @ 08/26/15 in news

C2_stupidHeadFor those who are unfamiliar, Big Head Mode is a Sydney-based podcast run by some excellent people.

Bonus Stage is a monthly live gaming event with different special guests each month, as well as live music, live gaming hilarity, on-the-couch spoken hilarity, sketch comedy and an indie guest-of-the-month in the bar area for some casual game-playing later on.

This month, that’s where we come in.

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Pictured: One of the Bonus Stage hosts, Rae Johnston playing the iPad version of SDF.

Flat Earth will be there with Super Death Fortress on its most recent iPad version. If you haven’t played it yet… well… you can just grab it right now since it’s free.

But I’ll be you haven’t played it out at an awesome gaming night of fun while having beers with the developers? No, that’s right. You haven’t!

So come on down if you’re local! It’s a great venue and the Big Head Mode guys are always hilarious.

Still not convinced it’ll be a fun night?? Here’s proof!

You can grab tickets here and it all kicks off at 7.30pm at the Giant Dwarf Theatre on Cleveland St in Redfern. See you there!

 



By @ 08/14/15 in news

CJDgbCtUAAA6CXbThe iPad, the two-seater extendable couch with soft arm rests to the iPhone’s uncomfortable bar stool now also has Super Death Fortress!

Grab it now and spread the word. You too might become Wonder Woman if you play! (Note: You totally won’t though – please don’t sue if it doesn’t happen).

 



By @ 07/29/15 in news

Leigh IGEA DA16 ReportRecently, the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association launched is annual Digital Australia report, the most in-depth statistics about game consumption in Australia. They saw fit to ask our co-founder Leigh Harris about the current state of development.

So, want to get into game development in Australia? Want to know what it’s like for current devs?

Check out the video second from the bottom for Leigh and two other devs (including fellow Sydney developers Nnooo) discuss where Aussie development is, where it’s heading and what the biggest challenges are.

Also check out the other videos while you’re there! There’s vox pops from people studying game demographics, using games for health and education and just some cool examples of how people in Australia play games.

Check out the full Digital Australia report here. It’s fascinating and energising to read about the people who play the games we make.



By @ 07/24/15 in news

IMG_1269It’s official! In what has been described by the award-giver himself as ‘ultimately meaningless’, Objects in Space was given the Games.on.net award for being the ‘Game with the Most Deceptively Simple Name‘ at AVCon this year.

Actually, the journalist James O’Connor just wanted to give a shoutout to five games from the show and chose to give them each hilariously personalised award names. I think my personal favourite was ‘Game Most Likely to Pair Well with a Sixpack‘ (which went to Dungeon League).

So if you want to see a little press coverage of AVCon’s Indie Games Room, hit up the article and read a little about the first ever hands-on press coverage we’ve received for Objects in Space, as well as several other awesome Australian indie games!



By @ 07/18/15 in news

Hey there, Adeladians! Adeladeans? Adelaide-siders?

Well anyway, we’re here and are just gearing up to leave our hotel room and head to the AVCon show floor, where we’ll be part of The Indie Games Room!

Super Death Fortress has just launched and is free to grab on the App Store for iPhone (although if you manually select iPad, it’ll work for that too)!

Objects in Space is still in its very early stages, but we’ll have a pre-alpha combat demo playable at the show. A gameplay teaser, if you will, of how the combat will function in the game.

Come check out both games, say hi and let us know what you think of SDF!

Oh, and just for good measure, here’s a new screenshot of Objects in Space for #ScreenshotSaturday. 🙂

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