Code Breakers ACMI presents

Breaking the Code

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To celebrate the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Code Breakers, join us for a discussion with some of the top female critics, developers, designers and artists. 

Hosted by actor, director and author, Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen, Breaking the Code features makers Nicole Stark and Brooke Maggs and leading games expert Dr Helen Stuckey as they dive into their artistic and technical processes and insider advice for breaking into the games industry.

Featuring live gameplay from works featured in the exhibition including The Gardens Between and Ninja Pizza Girl, delve into the creative inspiration behind these boundary pushing games and characters, from a kick-ass ninja pizza delivery girl to time-travelling adventurers. 


Stephanie Bendixsen (known by her gamer tag ‘Hex’) is an Australian video game critic and television presenter, well known for her presenting role for ABCTV’s Good Game and its companion show for younger gamers, Good Game: Spawn Point

Nicole Stark entered the games industry during the formative years of Krome Studios working on their first PS2 title, Sunny Garcia Surfing. She worked as the entire character department on Barbie Ice Skating. In 2011 she formed Disparity Games with her husband Jason Stark, developing the multi award-winning Ninja Pizza Girl

Brooke Maggs is a writer, researcher, and a narrative and game designer. Her area of research is in the importance of games and play in creative writing practice and the intersections between traditional and digital storytelling. Brooke's current projects include The Gardens Between and Earthlight.

Dr Helen Stuckey is a media arts curator and researcher with extensive experience in exhibition research and development. She is Program Manager of Games at RMIT, Melbourne. Helen was a member of the Curatorial Advisory Committee that assisted ACMI in the development of Code Breakers.

Ninja Pizza Girl by Nicole Stark, Disparity Games