GO423 - the second Game On / brIGDA Independant Game Symposium

Turner, Jane & Thomas, Lubi (2013) GO423 - the second Game On / brIGDA Independant Game Symposium. [Festival]

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GO423 was initiated in 2012 as part of a community effort to ensure the vitality of the Queensland Games Sector.

In common with other industrialised nations, the game industry in Australia is a reasonably significant contributor to Gross National Product (GNP). Games are played in 92% of Australian homes and the average adult player has been playing them for at least twelve years with 26% playing for more than thirty years (Brand, 2011).

Like the games and interactive entertainment industries in other countries, the Australian industry has its roots in the small team model of the 1980s. So, for example, Beam Software, which was established in Melbourne in 1980, was started by two people and Krome Studios was started in 1999 by three. Both these companies grew to employing over 100 people in their heydays (considered large by Antipodean standards), not by producing their own intellectual property (IP) but by content generation for off shore parent companies.

Thus our bigger companies grew on a model of service provision and tended not to generate their own IP (Darchen, 2012). There are some no-table exceptions where IP has originated locally and been ac-quired by international companies but in the case of some of the works of which we are most proud, the Australian company took on the role of “Night Elf” – a convenience due to affordances of the time zone which allowed our companies to work while the parent companies slept in a different time zone.

In the post GFC climate, the strong Australian dollar and the vulnerability of such service provision means that job security is virtually non-existent with employees invariably being on short-term contracts. These issues are exacerbated by the decline of middle-ground games (those which fall between the triple-A titles and the smaller games often produced for a casual audience).

The response to this state of affairs has been the change in the Australian games industry to new recognition of its identity as a wider cultural sector and the rise (or return) of an increasing number of small independent game development companies. ’In-dies’ consist of small teams, often making games for mobile and casual platforms, that depend on producing at least one if not two games a year and who often explore more radical definitions of games as designed cultural objects.

The need for innovation and creativity in the Australian context is seen as a vital aspect of the current changing scene where we see the emphasis on the large studio production model give way to an emerging cultural sector model where small independent teams are engaged in shorter design and production schedules driven by digital distribution. In terms of Quality of Life (QoL) this new digital distribution brings with it the danger of 'digital isolation' - a studio can work from home and deliver from home. Community events thus become increasingly important.

The GO423 Symposium is a response to these perceived needs and the event is based on the understanding that our new small creative teams depend on the local community of practice in no small way. GO423 thus offers local industry participants the opportunity to talk to each other about their work, to talk to potential new members about their work and to show off their work in a small intimate situation, encouraging both feedback and support.

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ID Code: 64511
Item Type: Creative Work (Festival)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Author: (truna aka j.turner)
Funders: Right Pedal Studios, Lightmare Studios, Brisbane International Game Developers Association, QUT Creative Indusries Precincts, QANTM College Brisbane, Bond University School of Communication and Media, Griffith University QCA Film School
Measurements or Duration: 2 Days
Published Source: http://www.igdabrisbane.org/go423-symposium/
Publisher: brIGDA
Location: From date: To date:
the cube (P Block), Gardens Point, Brisbane 2013-08-02 2013-08-04
Keywords: Game Design, Creative Practice, Creative Process, Creative Communities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of International and Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 brIGDA / Game On
Deposited On: 15 Nov 2013 01:32
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2014 14:23

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