Melbourne has the Game Masters: The Gods of Gaming exhibition running at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image but come December 15, gamers in New Zealand will get the chance to see the exhibition when it goes on show at Te Papa.
The exhibition, which celebrates 40 years of video games, will showcase game designers and their creations and profiles such noted game makers as Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Tim Schafer, Hideo Kojima, Peter Molyneux, Warren Spector and Toru Ilwatani, as well as feature more 120 playable games across arcade, console and PC, including Donkey Kong, The Sims, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, and mobile games such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja.
When I first heard that the exhibition was on show in Melbourne I actually contemplated heading across the ditch for a weekend just to wander through it and soak up 40 years of gaming - but now that it's coming to Wellington, I don't have to. In fact, I've already convinced my wife that we need to make a trip across Cook Strait during the January holidays to check it out. Good on 'ya, Mrs Game Junkie.
It really does sound as though it's an amazing exhibition and a real love letter to gaming, and after talking to staff at Te Papa today it looks like some New Zealand-made games and game makers will be profiled as well. Nice. Here's what Jason Hill, Screen Play blogger at the Melbourne Age, had to say about Game Masters, though I don't think NZ will be getting developers like Tim Shafer and Warren Spector attending the opening. Wouldn't that be cool if they did, though: maybe we can start a petition or something? I mean, if it works for a chocolate biscuit from the past ...
One of my jobs over the coming weeks is to book ferry tickets for the crossing between Picton and Wellington in early January. I can't wait.
So, taking a lead from what Hill asked in his piece on Game Masters when it ran, which Game Master has had the biggest impact on your gaming and who would you most like to meet from the industry and why?
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