Monday, 13 August 2012

Game Masters gets Retro Priced Fridays in August

Everyone will appreciate retro priced Fridays

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today announced August Retro Priced Fridays - an opportunity for visitors to experience Game Masters, a highly interactive videogame exhibition, at retro prices for the remaining Fridays in August.

On Friday 17, 24 and 31 August, ACMI will throw open the doors to Game Masters, for a flat price of only $10 per ticket from 10am to 10pm.

The exhibition showcases the work of leading local and international videogame designers with over 125 playable games from the arcade era through to the latest console and mobile game technology.

Game Masters is presented in three sections spanning gaming's 50 year history. The first section, 'Arcade Heroes', is the most retro of all, spotlighting pioneering designers from the arcade era. Arcade games on show include Pac-Man (1980), Defender (1980), Asteroids (1979), Space Invaders (1978), and Missile Command (1980). The selection of classic arcade games from the 1970s and 80s acquired especially for the exhibition are playable in their original form.

Leading contemporary designers are featured in the second section, 'Game Changers', and playable titles include; a large immersive 3D version of Child of Eden (2011), the first body controlled game, motor racing title, Hang On (1983), Disney's Epic Mickey (2010), ICO (2001), LEGO Star Wars: The Videogame (2005), METAL GEAR SOLID (1998), Populous (1989), Psychonauts (2005), SimCity (1989) Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), Super Mario Bros (1985), The Legend of Zelda (1986) and World of Warcraft (2004).

The exhibition features unique experiences such as an area for social gaming with a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for a large-scale version of the motion-controlled Dance Central 2 (2011) as well booths to play musical games Rock Band (2007) and SingStar (2004), fostering a community atmosphere for all ages and abilities.

A major component of the show is an exploration of independent game designers in the third and final chapter of the exhibition called 'Indies' where playable games include Braid (2008), Flight Control (2009), Fruit Ninja (2010), PaRappa the Rapper (1996), Minecraft (2011), Angry Birds (2009) and journey (2012).

Over 30 game designers who have made a significant and ongoing impact in the field are profiled throughout the exhibition, including well-known international, independent and Australian game designers. The designers' work is explored through a combination of rare concept artwork, newly commissioned interviews and playable games.

Visitors to the exhibition can play the games for the cost of admission which represents incredible value.

Curated by ACMI's Conrad Bodman and Emma McRae, Game Masters is a Melbourne Winter Masterpieces initiative is on until 28 October 2012. Tickets will be reduced to only $10 each on Friday 17, 24 and 31 August from 10am to 10pm. For more information, please visit

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Adviser
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654

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