Wednesday, 27 February 2008
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has unveiled the worlds largest 'Mario', the infamous moustachioed tradie who does battle with a rogue donkey for the heart of a girl in the classic arcade video game Donkey Kong.
The giant 6 metre high illuminated Mario statue has been installed outside ACMI's Flinders Street entrance ahead of the March 6 opening of the Australian exclusive exhibition Game On, the world's largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history and future of videogames and gaming.
Game On traces the development of video games from the very first game - Space Wars (1962) - to arcade classics such as Space Invaders, Pong, and Asteroids, through to consoles and PC games (dating back to the age of the Commodore 64) and to today's mega-franchises developed for the Xbox and PlayStation, as well as future developments such as handless and online platforms.
Today, the videogames industry is bigger than the film industry, recording $1 billion in revenue in Australia for the first time in 2006/07, outperforming cinema takings by more than $200 million.
The Melbourne designed and constructed Mario, built by Mothers Art, was signed off personally by the creator of Mario, Nintendo's Senior Marketing Director of Nintendo and General Manager of Nintendo EAD, Shigeru Miyamoto, and features the original pixelated character on one side, with the contemporary version on the other.
Thursday 6 March - Sunday 13 July, 2008
ACMI Screen Gallery
Tickets: Full $15 Concession $10 Family (2 Adults, 2 children) $44
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