The National Film And Sound Archive Is Holding A Video Game Exhibition

game masters national film and sound archive games exhibitImage: Game Masters (ACMI)

The National Library has no problem adding Call of Cthulhu games to their collection, so it seems only right that video games should get pride of place somewhere in Canberra.

It was announced Tuesday morning that Game Masters: The Exhibition, which first opened in Melbourne seven years ago, would be taking residence at Canberra's National Film and Sound Archive from September 27 for six months.

More than 100 games will be playable at the Canberra exhibit, with more than 30 designers and developers profiled including Ken Wong (Florence), Bennett Foddy (Getting Over It), Tim Schafer (Broken Age), Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog), Paulina Bozek (SingStar), Shigeru Miyamoto, Masaya Matsuura (PaRappa the Rapper) and more.

The number of games is slightly down — Game Masters had more than 125 games playable in their original showing, although ACMI's website notes that the exhibit was adaptable down to 700 square metres from its original design of 1000 square metres. Game Masters has also been updated for its return to Australia, with more Australian games (Florence and Getting Over It being two mentions in the release) and more inclusions from the PS4 / Xbox One / Nintendo Switch era.

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"Game Masters is a lot of fun, offering visitors hours of discovery and play. But it is also a formal acknowledgement 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," National Film and Sound Archive chief executive officer Jan Müller said.

Tickets to the exhibit will be fairly cheap: adults will pay $19 a pop, with the price dropping to $12 for those between 5 and 17, and kids under the age of 4 getting in free. The exhibit will run until March 9, 2020. More information is available on the official website.

Update: Clarified that the National Film and Sound Archive are holding the exhibit, not the National Archives (which is a wholly separate organisation). Thanks Chris!


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