Game Masters (exhibition)

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Game Masters is an exhibition at ACMI[1] on display from June 28, 2012 through October 28, 2012. The exhibition is designed to highlight the key designers who have had a large influence on video games and video game culture. Following the showing at ACMI, the exhibition will tour internationally. Conrad Bodman, who also curated Game On, is the curator of the exhibition.[2]

The exhibition includes over 125 playable games from over 30 different designers as well as concept and development artwork. Interview events with game designers have been hosted on location by ABC's Stephanie 'Hex' Bendixsen.[3]

Game Masters is currently touring internationally.

International Tour venues[edit]

Games exhibited[edit]

The exhibition showcases the work of over 30 notable video game designers, and features over 125 playable games[10] including original arcade games that are today hard to find in working condition. Also displayed are concept and development artwork, and interview events with the game designers. The exhibition is divided into three sections: "Arcade Heroes" (highlighting games from the golden age of arcade video games), "Game Changers" (highlighting the works of paradigm-shifting game designers that greatly influenced later designers), and "Indies" (featuring indie games).

Arcade Heroes
Designer Games
Dave Theurer Tempest and Missile Command
Ed Logg Asteroids and Centipede
Eugene Jarvis Defender and Robotron: 2084
Masanobu Endo Xevious and Tower of Druaga
Nintendo EAD Donkey Kong
Tim Skelly Reactor and Rip-Off
Tomohiro Nishikado Space Invaders and Gun Fight
Toru Iwatani Pac-Man and GeeBee
Unknown Scramble
Unknown Elevator Action
Game Changers
Designer Games
Alex Rigopulos & Eran Egozy Dance Central 2, Frequency, Amplitude, and Rock Band
Blizzard Entertainment Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
Fumito Ueda Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and Ico HD Collection
Hideo Kojima Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots
TT Games LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, LEGO Batman: The Video Game, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Nintendo EAD Super Mario Bros, Super Mario 64, New Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, 3DS - Super Mario 3D Land, 3DS - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and 3DS - Mario Kart 7
Paulina Bozek SingStar 2
Peter Molyneux Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, and Fable II
Sonic Team Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Generations, Nights into Dreams, Chu Chu Rocket!, and The Rub Rabbits!
Tetsuya Mizuguchi Sega Rally Championship, Space Channel 5, Rez, Lumines, Child of Eden (3D), and Child of Eden (2D)
Tim Schafer Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, and Brütal Legend
Warren Spector System Shock, Deus Ex, Disney Epic Mickey, and Ultima Underworld
Will Wright SimCity, SimCity 2000, The Sims, and Spore Creature Creator
Yu Suzuki Hang-On, OutRun, Virtua Fighter, and Shenmue
Designer Games
Capy Critter Crunch and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Chocolate Liberation Front Game Masters: The Game
The Behemoth Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers
Eric Chahi Another World, Heart of Darkness, and From Dust
Erik Svedang Tri-Tri-Triobelisk, Blueberry Garden, and Kometen
Firemint Flight Control HD, Real Racing 2 HD, and Spy Mouse HD
Halfbrick Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride
Introversion Software Darwinia and Defcon
Jakub Dvorsky Samorost 2, Machinarium, and Botanicula
Jonathan Blow Braid
Markus 'Notch' Persson Minecraft
Masaya Matsuura Vib-Ribbon, Parappa the Rapper, and WINtA 4 Kids
Rovio Angry Birds
thatgamecompany flOw, Flower, and Journey


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  2. ^ Kolan, Patch. Game Masters: From Miyamoto to Molyneux, Gaming’s Greatest Minds Under One Roof. IGN. 27 June 2012.
  3. ^ Feature Story: ACMI Game Masters. ABC1. 3 July 2012.
  4. ^ Andersen, John. Selecting Save On The Games We Make, Part 2. Gamasutra. 16 March 2012.
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