Game Masters exhibition heads to Canberra in September

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ACMI's game-centric exhibition returns to Australia.

Game Masters The Exhibition will return to Australia with an installation at Canberra’s National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) between 27 September 2019 and 9 March 2020, its organisers have confirmed.

Described as “an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them,” the exhibition is curated by Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and has already made appearances in Melbourne and Sydney and abroad.

“Game Masters is a lot of fun, offering visitors hours of discovery and play,” Jan Müller, CEO of the NFSA, said of the exhibit. “But it is also a formal acknowledgment by the NFSA of the importance of video games in contemporary pop culture, their influence in immersive storytelling, and their role within the broader audiovisual production sector.

Game Masters provides an opportunity for audiences to discover the creative process behind video games and be amazed by their evolution. It is more than an exhibition; it is a space for different generations of gamers to come together and celebrate their favourites.”

“We are thrilled that the Game Masters exhibition will be returning to Australia and showing at the NFSA,” Senior ACMI Curator, Fiona Trigg, added. “There are deep connections between film, TV and videogames and this exhibition reveals how the worlds’ best designers approach storytelling, character design and playability in so many different ways. From dance challenges to quixotic puzzle mediations to vintage arcade games, all playable, the exhibition is fun for the mind, the body and the imagination!”

Those eager to attend the exhibition can sign up for updates here; tickets will go on sale from 9 August and are priced between $12-19 AUD.