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Let the games begin! Blockbuster games exhibition opens at ACMI

Date: 27 June 2012

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu visited the Australian Centre for the Moving Image   (ACMI) today to preview its latest blockbuster exhibition, Game Masters.

Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, the world premiere exhibition charts the history of video games and the talented developers who have brought them to life.

"From the earliest arcade games, to today's mobile games and interactive 3D experiences, gaming has been part of popular culture for more than 40 years," Mr Baillieu said.

"This highly interactive exhibition includes interviews with local and international games designers, rare and never-before-seen concept artwork, storyboards and models that have been part of game creation, as well as more than 125 actual games for visitors to play during their visit."

The exhibition showcases the designers behind some of the world's most popular and much loved games including; Space Invaders creator Tomohiro Nishikado; contemporary pioneer Paulina Bozek - creator of SingStar; and local legends Firemint, whose mobile games Flight Control (2009) and Real Racing 2 (2012) have received international acclaim.

"The exhibition highlights the artistry behind the games so many Victorians know and love and shows why games have grown to become the world's most popular entertainment and creative industry," Mr Baillieu said.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public, film and education programs including In Conversation events with legendary developers and kids and family events.

Mr Baillieu said Game Masters is the 14th exhibition in the wildly successful Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series and the third to be hosted by ACMI, following Pixar: 20 Years of Animation in 2007 and the world-record breaking Tim Burton: The Exhibition in 2010.

"The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series had grown to become one of the top five economic and tourism drawcards in the state, showing that in Victoria, art is a major event," Mr Baillieu said.

"Game Masters is an Australian exclusive and another must-see for Melbourne. Let the games begin!"

Game Masters is open from 28 June to 28 October 2012 at ACMI, Federation Square. For more information visit: www.gamemasters.acmi.net.au   . The 2012 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series also features Napoleon: Revolution to Empire which is now open at NGV International   until 7 October 2012 - joint tickets are available to attend both exhibitions.

Game Masters is now open at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Game Masters is now open at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.