Gamer Dev Jam combines tech world with arts for epic weekend

Stephanie Bendixsen, or "Hex" to those who know her from ABC TV's Good Game, is the special guest at this weekend's Gamer Dev Jam in Merimbula.

Stephanie Bendixsen, or "Hex" to those who know her from ABC TV's Good Game, is the special guest at this weekend's Gamer Dev Jam in Merimbula.

There’s a huge buzz around the Valley for the coming weekend’s Gamer Dev Jam.

Two days of epic gaming goodness awaits fans and creators alike at the event being co-hosted by IntoIT Sapphire Coast and South East Arts.

Other supporters and Dev Jam attendees include The Loaded Gamer team who run an online magazine focusing on the gaming industry; indie development houses Buzzy TV and Siege Sloth; and a number of talented game developers led by Brennan Hatton who spent several years developing for Meta in San Francisco.

Other excitement-inducing elements include special guest Stephanie “Hex” Bendixsen from ABC’s Good Game, Nao robots from Canberra University, and the opportunity to test HTC Vive virtual reality headsets and several Abletron Push electronic music consoles.

The combination of the Bega Valley’s fast-growing tech circle with its well-established arts community has exciting opportunities.

Gamer Dev Jam will gather together a wide range of people with varied skills, but all with the creativity behind the world of computer gaming at the core.

Writers, musicians, graphic artists and entrepreneurs – as well as software programmers – will combine and potentially end the weekend with some functioning games.

“The power of the whole gaming experience is driven as much by the coding as it is by the graphics and music,” Liam O’Duibhir from IntoIT said.

“This event will be terrific for young coders who are inspired by games, and want to emulate some of the incredible techniques evolving in this sphere, particularly in the areas of 3D and virtual reality.

“It’s also a huge boost for young artists looking for career paths that allow expression of their creativity while affording them the wherewithal to support themselves financially.”

Mr O’Duibhir said the weekend is all about jumping in and exploring a multiskill approach to gaming.

“It’s a very dynamic field – and a very lucrative one,” he said. “As an economic pathway for our region, there’s no reason why we can’t build a gaming sector here on the coast.”

All ages and experience levels are welcome to Gamer Dev Jam, which will be held on September 10-11 at the Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre in Merimbula.

Tickets are available through EventBrite. Visit www.gamerdevjam.com.au.