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CFP for the Irish Conf. on Game-Based Learning closing soon.

The call for participation to iGBL2017 will close on the 22nd of Feb.; so if you’d like to share your experience of using games for learning and motivation, you can still submit your abstract here. Note that the abstract does not have to be research-based; in fact, there are several categories[...]

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Games Fleadh 2017 news

LIT Tipperary will host Games Fleadh on Wednesday March 8th 2017 and the theme for the 2017 event is Racing Game. Games Fleadh 2017 is only 3 weeks away – so it is time to register teams and prepare your game trailer. Register your teams at http://gamesfleadh.ie/registration/ Supporters are welcome. Please also register[...]

Call for curators – Transformative Games

IN MEDIA RES Spring 2017 CALL FOR CURATORS “Transformative Games” And now for something a little different – but still might be of interest to readers here..(Eds) Call: Transformative games are designed to initiate a change in the players’ beliefs or behaviors, a concentrated version of their predecessors in serious[...]

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ShipItCon Call for Speakers

  ShipItCon is scheduled for Friday 25th August 2017. ShipitCon is a community event for engineers involved in the building and deployment of software, especially games. See this blog for more details from one of the organisers in Demonware – http://tomwillfixit.com/blog/shipitCon/  There is an open call for speaker proposals which will[...]

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Animation Skillnet Courses

Animation Skillnet provides subsidised training solutions to the animation, games and VFX sectors in Ireland. They run subsidised, high-end, bespoke training courses designed and delivered by industry specialists and organise and support professional networking events and conferences for these sectors in Ireland and internationally. Upcoming Feb/March evening courses in Dublin and[...]

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Irish Conference on Game-Based learning (iGBL2017)

  The call for participation to the 7th Irish Conference on Game-Based learning (iGBL2017) is now open. iGBL2017 will be held on 22nd and 23rd June 2017 in Cork, and they welcome abstracts for game demos, presentations or workshops on the themes of games for learning, motivation and change. The Irish[...]

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Creative Europe Funding for Video Games

The MEDIA Office of Creative Europe Desk Ireland and IMIRT (Irish Game Makers Association) will hold a seminar on European Funding for Video Games with speaker, Jari-Pekka Kaleva, COO of European Games Developer Federation and Senior Policy Analyst at Neogames, Finland this week.   There will also be a presentation[...]

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The Little Acre Is Out Now

Pewter Games Studios and Curve Digital have this week released the much anticipated game ‘The Little Acre’. The Little Acre follows the story of Aidan and his daughter, Lily, set in 1950’s Ireland. After discovering clues as to the whereabouts of his missing father, Aidan begins investigating until he inadvertently finds[...]

9th Impact launch hand-made Christmas game

Mobile game developers 9th Impact, have today launched a unique Match 3 game for the holiday season. What makes Christmas Express Match 3 unique is not the gameplay itself, but that every single piece from the characters down to the exit buttons are hand-made from clay. The clay characters include[...]

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Scéal, a Supernatural Irish game, now out on Steam

  Independent game developer Joint Custody have been in touch to say that their supernatural Irish mystery game Scéal (meaning ‘Story’) in Irish is now available on Steam. Rooted in Irish folklore, the game tells the tale of a young girl’s spirit that’s trapped on earth. She must unravel the truth[...]

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Dreamfeel wins Grand Prix design award 2016

at the 18th Annual IDI Irish Design Awards. The Grand Prix was awarded to Llaura McGee from Dreamfeel (http://dreamfeel.org/), an emerging video game designer whose game, If Found Please Return, was highly praised by the judges for its interesting and immersive techniques. Dreamfeel won three awards and a commendation in the Irish[...]

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Galway Game “Cellular” in Running for IDI Awards 2016

choose.idi-design.ie <- click here to vote Galway-based company Tribal City Interactive have had their game Cellular accepted as an entry into the 2016 IDI Irish Design Awards. The game has been available on the AppStore since January and offers players a chance to relax with a repetitive but rhythmic interaction style.[...]

9th Impact bring Frankenfarm puzzle game to life

9th Impact have released their latest mobile game, Frankenfarm, a bright, fun and original puzzle saga. The story is that Victor has been gene splicing animals on his uncle’s farm and has managed to create “dragons”, which appear to be an unholy mix of chickens, pigs and cows. Your job[...]

Imirt AGM 2016

The Imirt AGM 2016 will take place at 6 pm on Friday the 4th of November at Start Lab in Galway. Find out about Imirt and their plans for the coming year, meet the recently elected board, and have your say about how Imirt can help represent game creators in[...]

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Eden Isle: Resort Paradise now in beta

Simteractive’s first game, Eden Isle is now in Beta! Sign up as a beta tester, or apply for work experience. Beta Testing Eden Isle: Resort Paradise is now in beta! If you are interested in giving feedback on the game and helping to find bugs or if you just want[...]

Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation

The second annual International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events (ICGJ 2017) has decided to extend the final deadline for the Call for Papers. This conference builds on an expanding number of conferences, workshops series and research evaluating, enhancing, and improving game creation events.  The conference proceedings[...]

Awards & Unity nominations for Immersive VR Education

Immersive VR Education has been in touch about their latest news. Immersive VR Education have recently won another international award for their educational experience, Apollo 11 VR. Apollo 11 VR gives users the ability to witness the moon landing first-hand, from the view point of Neil Armstrong. The Waterford-based company have taken[...]

Animation Skillset Graduate Programme launch

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet will launch the next round of the VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship Programme with a one day symposium packed full of exciting talks on the latest technological advances in the area of VFX, animation, games and VR. It will take place in Dublin on Saturday[...]

IMIRT Elect New Board Members

IMIRT, the association representing game makers (digital and analogue) in Ireland, has returned the results of their September elections. The three available seats have been filled by Jen Carey, Alan Duggan and Stephen Kelly (returning). With the departure of Owen Harris and John Halloran, the full Board now reads: Jen[...]

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Upcoming Animation Skillnet short courses

Check out these upcoming Sept/Oct evening courses in Dublin and please spread the word. 1) An Introduction to 3D with Maya (5 Monday Evenings): http://animationskillnet.ie/19-09-16-an-introduction-to-3d-with-maya-5-monday-evenings 2) An Introduction to Toonboom Harmony – with a focus on rigging (5 Tuesday Evenings): http://animationskillnet.ie/20-09-16-introduction-to-toonboom-harmony-with-a-focus-on-rigging-5-tuesday-evenings 3) Production Management for Animation (5 Wednesday Evenings): http://animationskillnet.ie/21-09-16-production-management-for-animation-5-wednesday-evenings[...]

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IMIRT board elections 2016

IMIRT, the association representing game makers (digital and analogue) in Ireland, is holding elections in September and is seeking nominations now. The deadline for nominations is Wed 31st Aug 2016. The 2016 Board elections for Imirt will happen in late September. There will be three seats available for nominees (next year[...]

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Animation Skillnet Traineeship Programme 2016/17

  Animation Skillnet are delighted to team up again with Screen Training Ireland, the Irish Film Board and a host of top Irish Animation and VFX studios to run the second iteration of the highly successful graduate traineeship programme for the animation and vfx sectors in Ireland. The pilot programme[...]

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Beginner and Diversity friendly Game Workshops (Dublin)

The Network in Play partners (including Coding Grace, gamedevelopers.ie, Imirt, Pulse College, Dogpatch Labs and Maynooth University) are organising three FREE workshops in Dublin in August/Sept. aimed at beginners who are interested in learning about designing, writing and coding for games. These workshops follow up on our surveys which we[...]

Game Dev Workshops with Howling Hamster (Galway)

This series of workshops is aimed at anyone with an interest in game development who has no experience making games. Howling Hamster, a game development team based in Galway, will be delivering some skills and tips to get you on your way to being a game dev. We’ll be using[...]

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AlterConf comes to Dublin August 6th

On Saturday, August 6th, Alterconf is coming to Dublin. As detailed on the conference’s site, AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community[...]

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Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning

The 6th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (iGBL2016) will be be hosted by Trinity College Dublin on 1st and 2nd September 2016, and bookings are now open. iGBL provides a forum for all stakeholders interested in exchanging ideas, projects, and best practice on the use of games and game-based approaches[...]

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GamerCon Dublin – Speakers wanted !

GamerCon Dublin takes place at the Conference Centre Dublin on March 18th and 19th 2017. See www.gamer-con.com for details. They expect 8000+ gamers over 2 days. They are currently looking for speakers from the games development world to speak as part of their ‘experts’ series.  The talk will take place in the 2000 seat[...]

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GamerCon Announced for Convention Centre Dublin, March 2017

GamerCon, a convention focused entirely on the Consumer Gaming sector was announced today. The event, which expects to host over 8000 gamers across 2 days, will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin on March 18th and 19th 2017.   ‘We are delighted to be able to announce such an[...]

GameCraft Unplugged at InspireFest 2016

Gamecraft came to InspireFest Fringe 2016 with another fantastic Unplugged session. Gamecraft Unplugged is an games jam style event where attendees design and create table top games, using arts and crafts,  paper and pens, crayons and cardboard, and basically anything that doesn’t need an electrical current! It was a great[...]

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StoryToys Release Batman App

StoryToys’ new app Batman Unlimited – Gotham City’s Most Wanted is available on the App Store. The game is an original storybook adventure app for young superhero fans. Children test their detective skills as they help their favourite DC Super Heroes solve a bizarre crime wave hitting Gotham City. To[...]

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Pulse College announces new Summer courses

Pulse College has announced some short courses over the summer in their Dublin base. The ‘One Game a Day’ course with the extremely experienced Joe Roe will cover creating games from the following genres over the course of a week: -First person shooter -Point and click adventure -Real time strategy -Infinite runner[...]

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Music Technology Workshop 2016 (Dublin)

MusTWork16 – Music Technology Workshop 2016: Establishing a Partnership Between Music Technology, Business Analytics and Industry in Ireland Readers on gd.ie might be interested in the following one-day event which will be held on Friday June 10th 2016 in the Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. The[...]

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Zebbie Best Game Script Award for Guild of Dungeoneering

The Writers Guild of Ireland’s ZeBBie Awards took place on Wednesday night in the Sugar Club, with three great game scripts vying for the Best Game Script Award. The nominees were: – Oli Garland, Steve Gregan, Colm Larkin and Fred Mangan for Guild of Dungeoneering – Dave McCabe for The Darkside Detective[...]

Insomnia Gaming Event (Killarney) Update

We have received further information on the Insomnia event taking place in June, in the INEC in Killarney. The event which takes place from the 10-13 of June is a festival of game related activities including live stage shows, eSports tournaments, and panel talks. There is also a Minecraft Zone, Retro Zone, Retail[...]

UPDATE: Galway Game Jam 6

Make a game in 12 hours! Join a team or work solo. Meet game developers. Learn stuff. Make games. Have fun! Also, there will be tea/coffee/water and food during the day. When: 9am to 9pm Saturday 18th June. Where: Pulse College, 1st Floor, Geata na Cathracha, Fairgreen Road, Galway City Tickets via Eventbrite: €6.08 (or[...]

Visual Storytelling course with Bruce Block

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are welcoming back Bruce Block to deliver his Visual Storytelling course to those working in animation, VFX and games. This seminar relates all of the visual concepts to practical digital production and bridges the gap between theory and practice and  is aimed at all VFX,[...]

Main speakers announced for State of Play

State of Play, Ireland’s premier Independent Game Developer Event, has announced its main speakers for this year’s event: William Pugh The hugely charismatic, BAFTA-nominated, William Pugh, co-creator of the Stanley Parable, Bird Ball and the upcoming Rick and Morty VR game. Will is also directing his new studio, Crows Crows Crows. They[...]

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More positive vibes for DEEP

engadget.com’s Joseph Volpe has written a nice piece about Owen Harris’ DEEP game. ‘It’s fitting that the morning I first experienced Deep VR at the Tribeca Film Festival, billed by its creators as a meditative virtual-reality experience, I was already approaching peak anxiety levels. At 9:30 a.m., I was behind schedule[...]

The Bridge 2016 looking for applicants

The Bridge programme is now looking for new/recent graduates (animation/games/vfx) and older graduates (animation/games/vfx) to take part in an intensive 8 week programme (between June and August) that aims to place graduates in studios and offer them onsite and offsite training. It is proposed that between 25-30 participants will be selected for[...]

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Apply for IGDA Student Scholarships to GDC Europe & Gamescom

Less than one month remains until GDC Europe and Gamescom 2016 IGDA scholarship applications close. Eligible students can apply at http://scholars.igda.org by 31 May 2016 GDC Europe will take place 15-16 August and Gamescom from 17-21 August, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. All undergrad and graduate students, as well as those[...]

iDIG Music Festival weekend in Dublin

Eimear Noone and her team return to Dublin with the globally successful Video Games Live and iDIG Music Festival on the 29th/30th of April. There is also an indie showcase featuring Imirt members and a game jam in this two day event. The festival runs April 29th and 30th at the[...]

Enter the Indie Showcase at Develop:Brighton

  Develop:Brighton are looking for submissions for their sixth Indie Showcase competition.                      The competition is totally free to enter and all 10 finalists will get the opportunity to show off their games to around 1,800 developers, publishers and media at Develop:Brighton, pre-event[...]

Galway Game Jam ‘Warp’ Theme a Great Success

I had a blast at the 48-hour event over the weekend, making and playing games. A large amount of jammers turned out to contribute, meet like-minded folk, and eat pizza (generously provided by organisers Darren and Alanna, @darrencearnaigh and @sparklyparticle respectively). Alongside the teams making games face-to-face all old-fashioned like, there were some[...]

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Galway Game Jam 5

Make a game in a weekend! Join a team or work solo. Learn stuff, meet people, make games, have fun! Venue: Aras na Mac Lienn, NUIG, Galway. Date: 1-3rd April, 2016 You can find us on facebook, twitter and our own (basic) site at http://galwaygamejam.com/     FAQ *What do[...]

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Games Fleadh 2016 Update

The annual Games Fleadh, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students, takes place in LIT Thurles on March the 9th. Launching the event at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) campus in Thurles were 4th year Game Design students, Sean O’Connor and Tommaso Marenzi (in pic). This year[...]

Call for Speakers – Develop:Brighton 2016

A call for speaker submissions is now open for Develop:Brighton 2016 and prospective speakers have until 21 March 2016 to submit proposals at developconference.com  Speakers are invited to submit sessions in line with Develop: Brighton’s ten tracks including two brand new tracks for 2016. The first, focused on funding, will take[...]

Women Work in Games event – speakers announced

To mark International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, Vicky Lee (Coding Grace) and Aphra Kerr (Maynooth and gamedevelopers.ie) are combining with Digit Game Studies and  DogPatch Labs to showcase the creativity and skills of women working in the games industry in Ireland. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we[...]

Two Irish Winners at 2016 Kidscreen Awards

Cartoon Saloon and StoryToys came away with gongs for TV series ‘Puffin Rock’ and the app ‘My Very Hungry Caterpillar’ respectively. The annual Kidscreen Summit took place in Miami, Florida and attracted some high-profile names, including Donald Sutherland (promoting Pirate’s Passage, his baby) and Geena Davis (giving a speech about[...]

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Pewter Games Studios at Pax South

Pewter Games Studios is a small Irish game development studio based in Dublin and focusing on the creation of unique and memorable story-driven games. Read more about them at http://pewtergamesstudios.com/press/ ‘The Little Acre’ is coming to PCs and consoles in 2016 and they have been previewing their work recently at Pax south[...]

MindRising 2016 Competition

      Given the year that is in it this looks like a nice initiative revolving around games and creativity. Last week saw the launch of MindRising 2016, a competition celebrating 200 years of the island of  Ireland. Teams of primary and secondary school children will work on their[...]