Game Masters video-game exhibition coming to the Powerhouse

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Melbourne's Game Masters exhibition, celebrating 30 years of the world's most influential video-game designers, is coming to Sydney for the holiday season.

(Credit: ACMI)

Every year, Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) curates a giant, multi-floor exhibition celebrating the video game. Last year, it was Game Masters, a giant, interactive showcase of some of the most important video-game works created. After touring the world, it has finally come back to Australia to land — in Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.

From 13 December until 25 May next year, Powerhouse visitors will be able to play video games across three sections of the exhibition:

  • Arcade Heroes, which will focus on the best-loved arcade games of the 1970s and 80s, including works from Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Space Invaders creator Tomohiro Nishikado, Asteroids creator Ed Logg and Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani

  • Game Changers, focusing on designers who have had a huge impact on shaping video games, including Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Maka, Nintendo, Blizzard and SingStar creator Paulina Bozek

  • Indies, which will explore how independent developers and games are paving the way forward, including Australia's Halfbrick, Markus Persson and Rovio.

"Game Masters offers the rare opportunity to play Yu Suzuki's full-body 1980s arcade games, including Out Run; take a dance challenge in Alex Rigopulous and Eran Egozy's Dance Central 3; test yourself in a four-player version of Firemint's Real Racing 2; and be immersed in a 3D display of Tetsuya Mizuguchi's acclaimed Child of Eden," ACMI said.

Tickets will cost AU$22 for an adult, AU$15 for a child, AU$18 for a student concession and AU$59 for a family. Entry will be staggered, so the Powerhouse advises you arrive 15 minutes before your booked entry time. You can pre-book tickets on Ticketek now.

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