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Game Masters: The Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum

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From the 13th December until 25th May 2014, Powerhouse Museum will play host to the groundbreaking 'Game Masters' exhibition.

Game Masters is the first major exhibition to celebrate video game culture. It premiered at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) back in June 2012 and was the successor to the 2008 ACMI exhibition Game On.

Since its debut in 2012, Game Masters has been met with great acclaim and was recently presented in Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand; it has now been viewed by a remarkable 170,000 people.

Sydney game enthusiasts will now have the unique opportunity to engage with this truly interactive exhibition, which features over 100 playable games from the arcade era, right through to the very latest consoles and mobile game technology.

'Game Masters celebrates the works of thirty celebrated game designers and it is divided into three easy to navigate sections; Arcade Heroes, Game Changes and Indies.

The Arcade Heroes section pays tribute to the great games of the amusement parlour. Highlighted 'Game Masters' in this section include Tōru Iwatani, creator of one of the most popular arcade games of all time, Pac-Man, Masanobu Endō, creator of the popular shoot 'em up game Xevious, Ed Logg, who co-developed Asteroids with Lyle Rains, and Eugene Jarvis, creator of Defender and Robotron: 2084.


Of particular interest is the timeline (pictured above) - which features all the classic video game consoles and accessories; it is quite a marvel.

Also, a range of arcade games can be played in this area; choose from Pac-Man, Xevious, Donkey Kong, Defender, Scramble, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Missile Command and many more classic titles.

Next is Game Changes. Here a number of game designers, video game developers and publishers are showcased. These include Blizzard Entertainment, Hideo Kojima, creator and director of the Metal Gear series, Peter Molyneux OBE, creator of Dungeon Keeper, Populous and Black & White, Yuji Naka and the Sonic Team, Nintendo, Yu Suzuki, creator of Hang-On, Space Harrier, Out Run and After Burner, TT Games and Will Wright, the original designer for The Sims games series.

Warren Spector (Disney Epic Mickey 2010 © Disney)

Yuji Naka and the Sonic Team Sonic Generations 2011 (Sonic Generations, 2011. © SEGA. All rights reserved).

The final section is Indies, a special area devoted to independent game designers, video game developers and publishers such as Jonathan Blow, creator of the award winning Blow, Eric Chahi, creator of Another World, Jakub Dvorský, Firemint, creator of Samorost, Masasaya Matsuura, a video game designer and musician, Introversion, Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft, thatgamecompany and Erik Svedang, creator of the Blueberry Garden.

Matsaya Matsuura Parappa the Rapper 1996 (Courtesy NanaOn Sha)


Over 40 years of video development, culture and technology is brought together in this exhibition, including a Dance Central 2 arena, a SingStar and Rock Band hub and special 3D display of Child of Eden, and in between the playable games, you will find rare concept artwork and newly commissioned interviews.



Game Masters is a must for any keen game enthusiast, but it is best to visit during off peak times - the key to enjoying the exhibition is being able to actually play the games.

Tickets for Game Masters at Powerhouse Museum are currently on sale through Ticketek; prices are as follows; AU$22 for an adult, AU$16 for a child, AU$18.00 for a pensioner, AU$12 for a full-time student and AU$59 for a family.

For more information on Game Masters: The Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum, please visit the Powerhouse Museum website.

*Please note that all photographs were taken at ACMI, Melbourne, June 2012.
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When: 13 December 2013 - 25 May 2014
Where: 500 Harris St Ultimo NSW 2007 ‎
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