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Play It Again

Creating a playable history of Australasian games

The Play It Again project aims to create a playable history of Australasian video games for industry, community and research purposes, by building on existing research into the history of Beam Software and their games from the 1980s.

The multi-faceted project brings multidisciplinary expertise to bear on the areas of collections, preservation, accessibility, fan knowledge, and the telling of histories about Australia’s digital game history.

The project is undertaken by ACMI in partnership with Flinders University, University of Melbourne, The New Zealand Film Archive, Berlin Computerspiele Museum, and the Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington.

The project is funded via the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, which funds collaborative projects between University researchers and Partner Organisations.

The project was completed in 2015.

Games Net

Advancing the next generation of creative game makers in a collaborative online development program.

ACMI created Games Net to extend the learning for gifted students and to enable schools to harness the many positive learning opportunities video games offer the greater school community.

Games Net invites gifted and talented students across Victoria to collaborate online and in person to produce their own video games. Working with industry mentors and in teams, the students develop and use contemporary communication and project coordination skills.

After several months of working together online, learning to use coding software, and creating art and audio, the teams present their games at ACMI at the Games Net showcase and celebration!

Games Net wasfunded as part of the Victorian Government Strategic Partnerships Program through the Department of Education and Training through to the end of 2017.

Who was involved?

The program brought in young people aged 9-15 from different Government schools, and living across city, suburban and regional areas, to advance their game development skills and knowledge.

Schools, Government institutions, tertiary education facilities (universities and game focused institutions including some of their students) and industry professionals are also encouraged to be an integral part of the program with ACMI. Games Net leverages the diverse and specialised expertise of this collective group.

Schools involved in 2016

  • Mildura West Primary School
  • Tallangatta Secondary College
  • Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College
  • Campbells Creek & Guildford Primary Schools
  • Hawkesdale P-12 School
  • Woodford PS
  • Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College
  • Campbells Creek & Guildford Primary Schools
  • Leongatha Primary School
  • Monbulk College
  • Tecoma PS
  • Clifton Hill Primary School
  • Footscray City Secondary College

What's the outcome?

The groups produce their own fantastic games to present at our Games Net Showcase. The participants themselves develop invaluable coding and game production skills, teamwork and project coordination skills, and their ability to use professional online communications software and learning resources. Presenting their work to other teams and negotiating tasks affords invaluable simulations of real industry environments.

Games Net is also the centre of a study by Victoria University aimed at quantifying the levels of enhanced learning this online collaborative game making offers.