Did you know that at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in Canberra you can play eighty different video games? Game Masters: The Exhibition opened on September 27 at the NFSA and is “an interactive journey through five decades of video game history.” You won’t find a collection of games like this anywhere else and the incredible amount of extra information on display is well worth the visit.
Game Masters features games from the late 1970s through to 2019 as well as interviews, concept art, vintage consoles, collectibles and more.
Open until March 9, 2020, Game Masters was opened by Australian award-winning game producer Kamina Vincent and Good Game Spawn Point presenter Angharad Yeo.
It’s an incredible honour that Florence has been included in Game Masters, as well as in the NFSA’s initial list of Australian games to be collected and preserved. This demonstrates the cultural impact of games, and I’m excited for audiences to see (and play!) this comprehensive selection of classics, and to experience the evolution and diversity of the medium.
Yeo said that Game Masters is a great way for people to get hands-on with games and to showcase creativity and stories in a way that might introduce all-new audiences to gaming.
Created and curated by ACMI, Game Masters was first exhibited in Melbourne in 2012 and has since been displayed around Australia, New Zealand, the US, Germany, Sweden and Scotland. Since leaving Australia, new games Florence, Lumino City and Submerged have been added.
ACMI Senior Curator Fiona Trigg is thrilled to see the exhibition return to Australia and especially to be premiering in Canberra at the NFSA.
A program of events will take place alongside the exhibition and includes guests and creators like Anna Tito, Ben Roach, Mick Gordon and more. A special, free Women and Non-Binary Gamers’ Club will be held on November 29. More events will be announced at a later date.
GAME MASTERS: THE EXHIBITION
- Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT
- When: 27 September 2019 to 9 March 2020; 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
- Tickets: Tickets: $19/$15/$12 (adult/concession/junior 5-17). Kids up to age 4 free. Family passes available.
- For more information/bookings: NFSA.gov.au/gamemasters