Australia to Launch History of Video Games Exhibit

From the 1970s to the present day.

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Australia to Launch History of Video Games Exhibit
It's not all doom and gloom in the Australian games industry - Melbourne is about to kick off a celebration of the medium, with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosting the Game Masters exhibition covering the arcade era to the mobile phone revolution.

More than 125 games will be available to play, and showcases of significant titles such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders will be accompanied by rare concept artwork, storyboards and production history. Creators such as Toru Iwatani, Tomohiro Nishikado (Pac-Man and Space Invaders, respectively) and Alex Rigopulos (Guitar Hero) will be profiled.

The exhibit itself will be split into two parts - the first is called Arcade Heroes and will focus on the classics that kicked off the video gaming phenomenon in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The second part will be titled Game Masters and features titles from the 1990s onwards - including a profiling of Sonic Team and the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Peter Molyneux and contemporary Australian game designer Robert Murray (Flight Control, Spy Mouse) will also be highlighted.

Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, said that the exhibit was a testament to the game industry's importance in art and entertainment. "I don't think there is a bedroom in Victoria that doesn't have some sort of strange relationship with a video game of some sort," he said.

Careful, the mainstream media might just latch onto that one the next time it wants to profile the industry as a cause for murders and sexual predation.


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