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Garage Gamer at State Library of Queensland

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Celebrating gaming in Queensland

They say when one door closes another one opens and that certainly was the case for many Queensland game developers after the GFC. With company closures and staff layoffs the gaming industry was in crisis mode - but for many talented developers this was the beginning of new opportunities and a chance for them to showcase their independent skills. The influx of creativity in the market coupled with the rapid advancement in digital technology saw the rise of the indie game movement, with our Queensland developers right at the forefront.

In celebration of our current diverse and dynamic gaming scene, the State Library of Queensland is hosting Garage Gamer - a program featuring a free gaming space, creative gaming workshops, special guest talks and game related social nights, all running from 5th January 14th April 2013.
Fruit Ninja on the big screen

Garage Gamer features a free interactive gaming gallery which will be open to the public from 10am 6pm Mon-Thursday, or 10am 5pm Friday-Saturday. The gaming space will showcase the latest video and mobile games on the market and give visitors a chance to test them out for themselves.

Game on!

The gallery is decked out with iPads, PCs and big screens for the ultimate gaming experience and with free entry, you can afford to drop in as many times as you like.

Presentation clips throughout day from gaming legends

Creative workshops, industry talks, special events and film screenings are all part of the Garage Gamer exhibition. The workshops and talks give gamers and aspiring developers unique access to Queensland's successful games producers and provides an opportunity to learn about the industry and gain insights from the best. Developers featured as part of Garage Gamer include, Halfbrick, Defiant Development, Curious Bear, Disparity Games, Visual Outbreak and more.

Brisbane's very own Halfbrick Studios, creator of the popular game Fruit Ninja, will be hosting the Level Up games night in March which will feature gaming play-off's, meet-ups and demos - check out the link and book your spot for a great night of gaming entertainment.

Fruit Ninja has been downloaded more than 300 million times and is on more than one third of all US iPhones

Garage Gamer is filled with many educational and interactive gaming activities for everyone to enjoy - click on the links below, read about each individual event and book your favourites.

Creative workshop topics include:
8232;Mobile game app workshop .
- Drawing stories into games workshop.
- Scratch games workshops .
- Gamestar Mechanic online workshop for teachers .

Special speaking presentations include:
- Converplaytions.
8232;Game Changers: In conversation with Queensland entrepreneur Shainiel Deo.
- The future of Queensland's game scene.
- Best apps for kids.
- Scoring health points with games.

Special events:
- Resident game maker.
- Level Up games nights.
- Trivia night.
8232;- 7Bit Hero concert and album launch.
- Pechakucha Night Brisbane .
- The Parlour games lounge.

The following link offers a comprehensive guide on what's on offer during the course of the program - Garage Gamer program.

Thanks to the accessibility of phones and tablets, games have now made their way into virtually all areas of our lives. More and more we are seeing games of an educational nature and the State Library of Queensland has done a fantastic job in both celebrating Queensland game developers and in acknowledging the positive impacts of the gaming industry on our lives today. The exhibition and supporting events highlight the state's dynamic gaming scene and celebrates the indie spirit of Queensland developers.

Play your way through Queensland's best games

Grab your friends, partners and children and visit Garage Gamer at the State Library and enjoy all things gaming. Whether you want to chill out and play some games, chat to local game developers or learn how to create your own, Garage Gamer has it all.

Without further ado let the gaming begin!
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Why? To experience and appreciate the vibrant gaming industry in Queensland
When: 5 January - 14 April 2013
Phone: (07) 3840 7768
Where: State Library of Queensland Gallery, level 2, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
Cost: Free entry to gaming space, gaming talks and social events. Check website for pricing on creative workshops.
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