All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.
Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at aurochdigital.com for more information.
Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th December.
Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 24th November, 7:30pm (Tonight!)
This month we’ve got:
Do’s and Don’ts for Getting Publicity for your Project – Dave Bradley, Operation Manager from Steel Media, will be coming in to talk to us about how developers should and shouldn’t go about trying to get publicity for their projects.
The Twitch talk from Jake Connor has been moved to January. Look out for more info closer to the time. Apologies.
So join us then! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.
Games Hub News
Want to Meet Publishers?
Bristol Games Hub has been offered a table at The London Book Fair from the 14th to 16th March 2017, we would like to accept and spread 3 to 4 developers over the 3 days. With the table, they are also offering a concierge service where we are able to highlight the publishers we want to meet and they arrange for them to stop by the table. Perhaps you plan to make a digital version of printed IP? Register your interest by emailing nina(at)aurochdigital.com.
SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory
If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work – put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory
SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page
Monthly Indie Spotlight
Codebyfire is a one-man development studio run by Rich Wallis. Rich has been based in the Games Hub since it started in 2014 and has worked with fellow residents Auroch Digital and Ground Shatter as well as collaborating with Large Visible Machine on digital board game Doomstar which was released earlier this year.
Rich started out making Flash games for companies like Logitech and Gillette before moving into indie mobile development and now combines freelancing with work on his own title, a city-building strategy game for PC, which should be hitting Steam’s shelves sometime next year. If computers still exist by then.
Dev Scene News
Pocket Gamer Connects: London 2017
Pocket Gamer Connects is back early next year with two days of over 140 speakers and over 500 companies in the show hall. Pocket Gamer have offered all BristolGames Hub affiliates 20% off tickets, delegates also get access to the sister event VR Connects!
Use the code PGCL-BGH to get 20% off your ticket.
VR & Accessibility – Gamasutra
Ian Hamilton, one of Bristol Games Hub‘s newest residents has posted a very interesting article to Gamasutra which goes into the barriers and accessibility issues presented by VR.
He looks at everything from motion sickness, including the long term affects of this, and the possible solutions, but what is really interesting is Ian’s in depth look at how VR might be made accessible for disabled users. Issues that most of us probably haven’t considered when thinking about this relatively new technology; hearing loss, motor impairment and photosensitive epilepsy are amount them.
To read the full article, click here.
This month has all been about VR World Congress for us here at Opposable (at least on the ‘publicly visible’ side). We’ve officially announced the dates, location, sponsors and all the other details for VRWC17, a 2000 attendee event that will be biggest of its kind in Europe!
The event is spread across three days – the 11th, 12th and 13th of April 2017 and will be taking place from Bristol‘s Millennium Square and surrounding venues. Tickets are available RIGHT NOW, with full conference passes available at a Super Early Bird half-price rate.
We’ve received a gloriously positive and completely unbiased review of Elections of US America Election: The Card Game from our partners at Wonkette. They love the game and so will you, and you can pick up a copy of your own here.
Our Unreal Engine 4-powered strategy game Dark Future: Blood Red States has some new weapons effects screens for you to take a peek at, plus we’ve been continuing on with our Twitch streams of Last Days of Old Earth, which you can catch live every Thursday at 1630.
Jobs & Opportunities
Bristol University – Mentors
Aardman – QA Manager
Aardman Animations are looking for a candidate with a passion and enthusiasm for digital entertainment and ideally experience in QA testing. It is an exciting opportunity to work for an award winning creative company and to work alongside established Unity and HTML-5 developers. For more info or to apply, click here.
South Screen – Games Designer
South Screen are looking for one or more freelance games designers to create up to four games. For more info or to apply click here.
Plus… South West Games Dev Jobs
There is a Facebook group for devs to post opportunities; South West Games Dev Jobs. It’s for companies seeking new people, freelancers and the like. It’s free to use but please don’t use it to ask for work. Currently it has opportunities from GameDebate, Rendermedia and PQube.
Submerge Festival (18th – 20th November)
A weekend of audiovisual arts, electronic music and liver performance that will leave you gasping for air. Click here for full details.
Antisocial (24th November)
See above for full details or RSVP on the meetup page.
Grrrl Gamers (6th December)
The Grrrl Gamers monthly meetup, for more info or to RSVP click here.
Pocket Gamer Connects: London 2017 (16th to 17th January)
See above for full details.
GAconf (27th February)
Advancing accessibility for gamers with disabilities – San Francisco, click here for more info.
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