I can’t verbalise precisely what I was expecting from the Game Masters exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne, but I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. I knew that video games would be present, and I knew they would be presented in a gallery style format, but I wasn’t prepared for the care and detail that has gone into making Game Masters a truly spectacular celebration of games and the people who make them. It looks incredible.
The layout of the exhibition is pretty spectacular. I managed to snap a few shots of what you can expect to see when you arrive at ACMI, but really for the full scope and scale of it, you should head in. If you live in Melbourne, or get the chance to go down there at any point, Game Masters is a real must visit.
Each of the 125+ games are playable, which is fun in and of itself, but the games chosen, and the presentation, is what really makes Game Masters magical -- Tim Schafer’s legendary job application to Lucasarts is on display, multiple different pieces of concept art, the original design document for Deus Ex (complete with scribbles). Those who simply want to go and play games are catered for, but Game Masters provides plenty more for those who take the time to examine each exhibit.
ACMI has really done a great job with this. Head here for more info.
This is Tim Schafer's job application for Lucasfilm!
This is Phil Larsen from Halfbrick... at the Halfbrick exhibit!
The design document for Deus Ex.