It’s not just nostalgic gamers flocking to the temporary exhibition Game Masters at the Powerhouse Museum. Before coming to Sydney, Game Masters went to Wellington NZ and Melbourne and thrilled more than 170,000 visitors.
Parents and 20-somethings plus will get a kick out of revisiting games that were sooooooo technically advanced for their time (not that long ago!) and younger visitors will marvel at these wonderful out-dated diversions that kept us amused for hours.
There are over 100 playable games so it is totally interactive to showcase innovative and influential video game designers and the ground-breaking games they produced. The video game artwork is on display, there are interviews with the designers and there’s every chance that you will spend a lot more time interacting than you planned – these games were addictive!
There are three sections to the exhibition. Arcade Heroes spotlights the names of designers you won’t have heard off and the names of the games they invented that you will never forget. Designers and games include Shigeru Miyamoto (Donkey Kong), Tomohiro Nishikado (Space Invaders), Ed Logg (Asteroids) and Toru Iwatani (Pac-Man). Game Changers features the designers and games that shaped the medium as we now know it like Yuji Maka and the Sonic team (Sonic the Hedgehog), Blizzard Entertainment (World of Warcraft) and, of course, Nintendo (Super Mario Bros). Indies features the independently produced games leading the way like Halfbrick (Fruit Ninja), Markus Persson (Minecraft) and Rovio (Angry Birds).
Here is a link to the list of games you can play for free once inside the exhibition. Allow at least two hours - you can stay as long as you like but no pass outs are issued. Tickets are sold on the hour from 10:00am to 3:00pm and the Powerhouse is open until 5:00pm – people visiting this exhibition can access the rest of the museum on that day. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $15 for ages 4 to 15 (under 4 free and concession holders $18).