Game Masters (exhibition)
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Game Masters: The Exhibition is an exhibition Curated by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). 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 has begun to tour internationally. Conrad Bodman, who also curated Game On, is the curator of the exhibition.
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.
Game Masters: The Exhibition is currently touring internationally.
International Tour Venues
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|Venue||City||Country||Start Date||End Date|
|Australian Centre for the Moving Image||Melbourne||Australia||28 June 2012||28 October 2012|
|Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa||Wellington||New Zealand||15 December 2012||28 April 2013|
|Powerhouse Museum||Sydney||Australia||13 December 2013||25 May 2014|
|National Museum of Scotland||Edinburgh||Scotland||5 December 2014||20 April 2015|
|Halmstad Arena||Halmstad||Sweden||28 May 2015||31 August 2015|
|Oregon Museum of Science and Industry||Portland||USA||13 February 2016||8 May 2016|
|COSI||Columbus||USA||11 June 2016||5 September 2016|
|Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg||Hamburg||Germany||14 November 2016||23 April 2017|
|Fleet Science Center||San Diego||USA||1 July 2017||18 January 2018|
|The Franklin Institute||Philadelphia||USA||31 March 2018||3 September 2018|
|Science Museum of Minnesota||St Paul||USA||15 February 2019||5 May 2019|
|National Film and Sound Archive||Canberra||Australia||27 September 2019||9 March 2020|
The exhibition showcases the work of over 30 notable video game designers, and features over 125 playable games 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).
|Dave Theurer||Tempest and Missile Command|
|Ed Logg||Asteroids and Centipede|
|Eugene Jarvis||Defender and Robotron: 2084|
|Masanobu Endo||Xevious and Tower of Druaga|
|Shigeru Miyamoto||Donkey Kong|
|Tim Skelly||Reactor and Rip-Off|
|Tomohiro Nishikado||Space Invaders and Gun Fight|
|Toru Iwatani||Pac-Man and GeeBee|
|Capybara Games||Critter Crunch and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP|
|Chocolate Liberation Front||Game Masters: The Game|
|The Behemoth||Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers|
|Bennett Foddy||QWOP and Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy|
|Eric Chahi||Another World, Heart of Darkness, and From Dust|
|Halfbrick||Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride|
|Introversion Software||Darwinia and Defcon|
|Jakub Dvorsky||Samorost 2, Machinarium, and Botanicula|
|Markus 'Notch' Persson||Minecraft|
|Masaya Matsuura||Vib-Ribbon and Parappa the Rapper|
|Mountain||Florence (video game)|
|State of Play Games||Lumino City|
|thatgamecompany||flOw, Flower, and Journey|
|Ustwo Games||Monument Valley (video game)|
- Kolan, Patch. Game Masters: From Miyamoto to Molyneux, Gaming’s Greatest Minds Under One Roof. IGN. 27 June 2012.
- Feature Story: ACMI Game Masters. ABC1. 3 July 2012.
- "2012 past exhibitions". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ. 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2019-03-13.