Portland, Ore. (January 20, 2015) – On February 13, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will open its doors to the North American premiere of the celebrated international video game exhibition, Game Masters.
Featuring over 125 playable games, the 10,000 square-foot exhibition takes visitors through the evolution of gaming from arcade classics such as Missile Command and Pac-Man, to iconic console-based games featuring Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Zelda, through to today’s indie hits like Real Racing 2, Minecraft, Machinarium, and more. In addition to allowing guests to experience the games first hand, the exhibit offers an in-depth look at the designers behind some of the most popular games of all time through rare original game artwork, 2D objects and revealing interviews with game designers.
Other famous titles include World of Warcraft, The Sims and the Lego film-franchise tie-ins, such as Star Wars and Harry Potter, while the key role played by smaller independent designers in game design and development is also explored.
“We’re honored to be the first museum in North America to host this visually stunning and relatable exhibit,” say OMSI President and CEO Nancy Steuber. “It’s fitting that a city as tech-forward and creative as Portland be given the chance to showcase the talent, ingenuity and design that brought so many beloved games to life.”
In addition to spanning two floors of the museum, the exhibition will be supported by a variety of programming including events such as “OMSI After Dark: Gaming,” lab experiences, demos, and films in the Empirical Theater.
Game Masters was created by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, supported by the Victorian Government, and runs February 13-May 8, 2016.
For more information, please visit omsi.edu.
Press note: All media requests to tour/photograph/film the exhibit must be made in advance.
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
About the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a publicly funded cultural institution in Melbourne which celebrates, explores, and promotes, the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms – art, film, television, video games, and digital culture, through dynamic exhibitions, screenings, film festivals, live events, creative workshops, education programs and its vast collection. acmi.net.au