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Golf inspires a PlayStation entry

Start-up business Giant Margarita’s Party Golf became the first Tasmanian-made PlayStation game in October. It had its origins when UTAS technology lecturer Ian Lewis took part in a challenge last year to build a playable video game in 48 hours. Dr Lewis, Dr Kristy de Salas and other friends enjoyed the golf-based creation so much they decided to refine it. Months of moonlighting, a $14,000 leg-up from Kickstarter and lots of player feedback made their game console-ready. Party Golf is a sort of golfing free-for-all in which other players are the participants’ principle handicap. “It’s not turn based, like traditional golf,” Dr de Salas told The Mercury. “There’s a lot of sabotage. There’s lots of crazy balls.” The success of the game as a digital download will determine whether or not it becomes a boxed offering sold on shelves, and whether the Hobart team can self-fund future projects. “The things that we’ve learned … have allowed us to gain this portfolio of experience that we’re more than happy to share to anybody who asks,” Dr de Salas said.

3 November 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 177

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