Double life of game making student

Alex Blaikie game maker presented his new multi-play computer game at the Perth Games Festival last weekend.Picture: Andrew Ritchiewww.communitypix.com.au d427239
Alex Blaikie game maker presented his new multi-play computer game at the Perth Games Festival last weekend.Picture: Andrew Ritchiewww.communitypix.com.au d427239

The Floreat resident (21) has spent the past year creating Down to One, a combat-style game, he premiered at the Perth Games Festival last weekend.

‘Drinking coffee and staying up late at night coding for the game works quite well I must say,’ Mr Blaikie said.

‘After working on it for so long it’s a little bit nerve wracking to show it off.

‘But we’ve been getting lots of great feedback from it so far following the release of our green light campaign, which saw people from around the world voting for it. I was also excited to see all the other great games at the festival.’

The free event offers game makers a chance to showcase their work to the public and WA’s thriving gaming community.

‘I think there’s lots of really good ideas coming out of Perth and I think Perth has one of the most passionate game development communities in Australia,’ Mr Blaikie said.

Festival director Anthony Sweet said the Perth gaming community had a growing reputation.

‘The WA gaming community is recognised around the country, and even internationally, as a really great, healthy scene, and I want people to know this,’ he said, adding that making games is something ‘anyone can do’.