Source + Lit Games

The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Tipperary is collaborating with LIT-Tipperary to host Games Fleadh:Evolved. This gives the visitor the chance to play-test games created by LIT-Tipperary students and independent in-house game studio NeverMind Games.

Games Fleadh Evolved juxtaposes student created games developed for Global Game Jam and Games Fleadh 2012, against AAA title tournaments.

Event details

TippSoc Volunteers (free ticket to movie) please signup via

Jolt Ceases Trading

Jolt Online games ceased trading this week in a further blow to employment in the industry, following the layoffs at Blizzard in Cork in the last few weeks. Jolt Online did game development in Dublin.

Jolt Online Gaming was bought by OMAC industries in 2008 and from mid 2009 became a subsidiary of US retailer GameStop, (NYSE: GME).

They developed casual online games targeted at the “core” gaming audience including Legends of Zork, Utopia Kingdoms and Playboy Manager. Their games were available on a variety of platforms including Facebook, Kongregate and directly through the browser.

Visitors to the Jolt website yesterday were greeted with the following message ‘As of March 2012, Jolt Online Gaming has ceased trading. We thank all of our players for their support over the years.’ See

Windows 8 Code Camp

At the Fleadh in Tipperary we heard that Microsoft, in conjunction with the Dublin ALT.NET, are holding a Windows 8 Camp in Sandyford in Dublin on March 24th, 2012.

Attendance is free but sign up via


Do you have an idea for a great app that you’d like to build on Windows 8?

Do you have an app on another platform and want to expand your platforms?

Are you lacking ideas but still want some experience on Windows 8?

Are you a developer who’s excited about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, this camp is for you.

We will have a short lecture on Windows 8 and some getting started advice going on but the goal is to give you as much time to sling code as possible with experts on hand to help you through issues.

The scheduled lectures are going to be:

9:00 – Welcome to the Windows 8 Camp and introductions
9:15 – Getting started with Windows 8
– Introduction to Metro Design
– Monitizing your app…
10:15 – 4:00 – Coding and ad hoc lectures based on specific questions from the attendees
4:00 – 4:30 – How to submit to the marketplace
5:00 – 5:30 – Conclusion and show and tell

We will have a lunch (probably pizza or something) and drinks after.