ACMI's Game On Expo Ends This Weekend, Going For World Record

Game On, the ACMI's tribute to all things gaming, is drawing to a close. July 13 is its last day - and your final chance to check it out.

That's not all. Including its adventures in Chicago, London, Hong Kong and other cities, Game On is damn close to breaking the world record for expo attendence. From the release:

The overwhelming successful season puts the four month run at ACMI ahead of the London Barbican Gallery's attendance record of 99.500, and second only to the exhibition's seven month run at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, which attracted 127,000 during a seven month run in a city with triple the population of Melbourne.

"Furthermore, if our attendance this week remains consistent, we'll go achingly close to setting a new world record for the exhibition's visitation by the time Game On is game over on Sunday night," [ACMI Director Tony Sweeney]said.

Come on folks, we can do it! If you're in Melbourne (or interstate this weekend), make the effort and attend this fantastic expo. Opportunities to break world records don't appear every day... unless of course you do nothing but eat nickels* and play Pac-Man.

Press release after the jump.

* It's a Family Guy reference - apologies in advance for the use of US currency.

Melbourne heads for world record high score for Game On

Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will close the doors this weekend on its winter blockbuster exhibition, Game On, with the added bonus of potentially setting a new international record for audience attendance.

The largest ever exhibition dedicated to the past, present and future of videogames, Game On was has toured the world, being presented at major international cities across the globe including Helsinki, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and London.

Since opening the doors here in Melbourne at ACMI in March, it has drawn record crowds who've relished the chance to do battle against each other while playing their way through the history of videogames.

'Having already smashed attendance targets by more than 50% and breaking through 100,000 visitor mark, Game On has attracted an audience of 117,000 as of Tuesday this week' ACMI Director Tony Sweeney said. 'Melbourne loves a blockbuster and clearly can't get enough of Game On' and these terrific audience numbers don't include the thousands of people who've attended our public and education programs'.

The overwhelming successful season puts the four month run at ACMI ahead of the London Barbican Gallery's attendance record of 99.500, and second only to the exhibition's seven month run at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, which attracted 127,000 during a seven month run in a city with triple the population of Melbourne. 'Furthermore, if our attendance this week remains consistent, we'll go achingly close to setting a new world record for the exhibition's visitation by the time Game On is game over on Sunday night'. Tony said.

If you haven't already done so, the time to play your way through the history of video games is almost up as Game On closes this Sunday, 13 July.

www.acmi.net.au


Comments

    Bah, I really wanted to go to this thing, and I (barely) even have the money for it, but I simply couldn't. It'd be the trip of a lifetime, but I don't think I can handle getting there. I kinda wish it'd go to Brisbane soon.

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