In 2018 the federal government described the game development industry as “inherently innovative and entrepreneurial”, adding that it “can be a strong contributor to Australia’s knowledge economy”.
The best indie games have good graphics, a good story and a really good soundtrack.Sixteen-year-old Jade Short
The industry earned over $100million in the 2015-16 financial year, with over 80 per cent of revenue coming from overseas markets.
Chris Bateman and Isaac Lynnah run gamer creation and coding sessions through their game development school Be Game, and will help host the Game Central Station workshop at Tura Marrang Library on January 18.
The workshop will have various consoles on hand, a Minecraft PE group, virtual reality demonstrations, virtual object or artwork creation and a beginners workshop on game development engine Unity.
“Whatever aspect of gaming you are into we’ll have something for you there,” Mr Lynnah said.
He said once his students learn how to teach themselves via their own online research, they can quickly enhance their skills.
Sixteen-year-old Jade Short joined the pair’s coding classes in Eden a year ago, began working with Bega-based company 2pi Software over the summer, and is developing a game with friends.
“The classes allowed me to become more independent, and I feel like I can go out and make a game by looking for resources online,” he said.
“It’s reinforced a passion I’ve had for a long time.”
Jade moved to Bald Hills, west of Pambula, after spending time in remote areas of the Northern Territory, where he said it was difficult to find like minded people with a passion for games.
“It’s really different down here, there’s lots more tech stuff here,” he said.
Jade has a passion for independently made games and aims to create the kinds of games he is most interested in playing.
“The vast majority of people who play video games don’t realise the effort that goes into making them,” he said.
“The best indie games have good graphics, a good story and a really good soundtrack. I love the atmosphere in games.”