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Game Communities and Music Videos

Changes are coming to our NZ Game Developer Community site, PlayMaker, and not just visual and structural but also behind the scenes.

I’ll have more detail to post in future but for now I’m just looking forward to the move of the site (from our current server to a larger one) and the anticipated visual overhaul!

It’s been really great to be involved in drawing the New Zealand Game Development community together again and to see the new and exciting developments that are now under way. There’s still a lot of work ahead and a long way to go but it’s exciting to see the Auckland community starting to pull together and to have the involvement and engagement of the New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA) stalwarts including Sidhe (who was seminal in the foundation of the NZGDA) and Media Design School. Mario Wynands of Sidhe is providing a lot of his experience and knowledge of the industry to help us build a stronger community offering and hopefully grow in new and greater ways.

We’ve also finished post-production work (editing and grading) on a music video for The Hypnotics (embedded below) and are looking at some exciting new video projects coming up in the near future. I’ll have more news about those as we get further along the path!

NZ’s iOS Dev Community is flourishing

There’s no doubt the low barrier to entry for mobile devices has seen a mini-explosion of sorts on the indie dev scene.

We have a great number of new studios in NZ devoted to iOS / mobile games and it’s encouraging to see that a small team of one to three people can make a name for themselves in the new democratic indie frontier!

The blog on NZ’s indie community site, PlayMaker, has been created to present work from any and all devs – no matter how big or small (i.e. not just indies) – in the New Zealand game development scene. There’s no shortage of news to post but there’re certainly a lot of iOS devs who see the limelight on the frontpage.

I think it’s something to celebrate and the latest post I’ve written for PlayMaker presents a game from a Hamilton-based developer called Ironshod. Every time a new iOS dev signs up to the PlayMaker site or makes the news (or a tweet) somewhere I make a beeline for the app store to pull down their game. I’m always keen to check out the latest from our little community and it’s always great to show support too!

Reverse Maze is an engaging little game and I’ve found myself caught up for more than a few minutes at a time whenever I pick it up.

Check out the PlayMaker post here and the trailer for Reverse Maze below.

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We've made game trailers with Grinding Gear Games, created music videos with Illegal Musik, built communities with PlayMaker, and we're working on a casual game for Xbox and iOS called Danger Balls.