Game Masters at NFSA

National Film and Sound Archive
27 September 2019 to 9 March 2020

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them.

Barbie speaks with Fiona Trigg, Senior Curator from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Rad (Angharad Yeo) from ABC-TV’s Good Game at the launch

The exhibition includes interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and more than 100 playable games

Game Masters is a formal acknowledgment by the NFSA of the importance of video games in contemporary pop culture, their influence in immersive storytelling, and their role within the broader audiovisual production sector.

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland, and Sweden.

More than 30 game designers who have made a significant and ongoing impact in the field are profiled throughout, including the most famous and influential creators in the history of the medium, across three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers, and Indies.

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