Three weeks ago I said I would blog about this the next day (epic nate fail). I've been away on holiday so apologies for my tardiness.
I was flown over to Melbourne courtesy of Alienware, for their FIFA Euro 2012 publisher Game Off and to see the opening of the GameMasters exhibition in Federation Square - joining me was Geekzoner Stuart (stuartgr) who won the competition thread.
We turned up around lunch-time to an array of Alienware machines (which were very, very nice), and told we were team Italy. I'm not a big gamer, and Stuart hadn't played FIFA before, so it's not too hard to guess how well we didn't do - the winners taking home two brand new Alienware M14x laptops.
The most exciting part of the day for me was going through Game Masters - it's a massive exhibition filled with all the different gaming platforms and consoles from over the years. It starts off with arcade gems Pacman and Space Invaders, and finishes off with more recent offerings, such as Dance Central Kinect for Xbox 360. The most amazing thing is you can play each of the games, they aren't just locked away in glass displays. The wall display near the entrance sums up the sheer awesomeness of it all:
(it was not long after I took this photo that I was told we weren't allowed to take photos, and I had security following me from then on in)
If you are in Melbourne or have plans to get to Melbourne soon, I really couldn't recommend Game Masters more - it's a fascinating walk through game designers, platforms and games, and it is very worth while. I would allow a full afternoon so you can get to play all your old favourites. It closes end of October so there's plenty of time.
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