By Steve Wright
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has just announced a series of both public and industry events that will accompany the Game Masters exhibition, opening Thursday 28 June 2012.
From Tuesday 26 June, ACMI says it "will provide opportunities for fans and industry to hear from international game developers in town for the official opening of the exhibition."
The exhibition's international guests, Peter Molyneux (Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Fable series'), Tim Schafer (Psychonauts, Brütal Legend) and Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Disney Epic Mickey) will be taking part in several public programs, each going on sale this Friday 18 May at 10.00 am AEST.
Says ACMI, "between Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 June, Molyneux, Schafer and Spector will each feature in their own In Conversation event, designed to give audiences an insight into their craft, career and inspirations. To coincide with this announcement, ACMI today released an extract from a newly commissioned video interview with Molyneux to be shown within the exhibition."
Starting on the first day of the exhibition itself, ACMI and Film Victoria are also presenting Game Masters: The Forum, a two-day industry symposium aimed at professionals and budding game developers. Says ACMI of The Forum:
The forum will provide a rare opportunity for industry to convene in Melbourne with some of the world’s leading practitioners in attendance. Game Masters: The Forum will open with a keynote presentation by Molyneux, followed by a panel discussion with key industry figures on the future of the games industry. Other sessions will cover topics such as the role of storytelling, the relationship between creativity and commerce, the independent development landscape, the state of the Australian industry, and the roles that cultural institutions and collectors play in the gaming world. A full program is available on the ACMI website from today.
Addtionally, ACMI will be presenting Re:Play alongside Film Victoria. Re:Play is a monthly event that will be curated by ACMI and Freeplay, bringing together "game developers, critics, journalists, academics and other industry experts to explore aspects of gaming culture, with sonic contributions from house bands," said ACMI. The JulyRe:Play will focus on adaptations and videogames; August's Re:Play will focus on the role of character in gaming.
Game Masters Intermix, described by ACMI as "a series of free workshops for teenagers," will run alongside the main exhibition. The July event will be a Chiptune workshop, providing participants access to Australian sound artists in order to create their own 8-bit game soundtrack. In August, the Game Masters Intermix session will cater to young women passionate about games, "featuring some of the most dynamic female industry professionals to inform and inspire," says ACMI.
Tickets to each of the public programs described above go on sale from Friday 18 May via acmi.net.au.