I'm currently down in Melbourne, to attend the opening of the Game Masters exhibition, and attend some of the talks scheduled. As part of the exhibition, it looks as though the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is putting together a well curated set of cinema showings: of the movies "that inspired some of the world's leading game designers.
The showings will run from July 1 until July 22.
So far the movies announced are...
- Akira - Escape From New York - Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - Heavy Metal
I reckon that's a good selection — but I think perhaps one of the most influential movies of all time, particularly when it comes to video games, is Aliens. I can't think of a game that, from a visual standpoint, has influenced more video game science fiction.
Still it's a good selection. I've always wanted to see Akira at the cinema, and seriously — would any post-apocalyptic video game look the same if it wasn't for Mad Max 2?
Head to the ACMI's homepage for more details.