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Game Masters: The Exhibition

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Image from World of Warcraft, courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Image from World of Warcraft, courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Image from World of Warcraft, courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Image from World of Warcraft, courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Image from Minecraft, courtesy of Mojang
Image from Minecraft, courtesy of Mojang
Image from Minecraft, courtesy of Mojang
Image from Minecraft, courtesy of Mojang
Image from Dance Central 2: “©2011 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.”
Image from Dance Central 2: “©2011 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.”
Image from Dance Central 2: “©2011 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.”
Image from Dance Central 2: “©2011 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.”
Image from Castle Crashers, courtesy The Behemoth
Image from Castle Crashers, courtesy The Behemoth
Image from Castle Crashers, courtesy The Behemoth
Image from Castle Crashers, courtesy The Behemoth
Image from Critter Crunch, courtesy of Capy Games.
Image from Critter Crunch, courtesy of Capy Games.
Image from Brutal Legend, courtesy of Double Fine Productions.
Image from Brutal Legend, courtesy of Double Fine Productions.
Image from Child of Eden, courtesy of © Ubisoft
Image from Child of Eden, courtesy of © Ubisoft
Image from DEFCON, courtesy of Introversion Software, LTD.
Image from DEFCON, courtesy of Introversion Software, LTD.
Image from Fruit Ninja, courtesy of Halfbrick.
Image from Fruit Ninja, courtesy of Halfbrick.
Pac-Man, Defender and other classics from the early arcade era are featured in the Arcade Heroes section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Pac-Man, Defender and other classics from the early arcade era are featured in the Arcade Heroes section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Super Mario Bros. and other console classics are featured alongside early handheld game technology in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Super Mario Bros. and other console classics are featured alongside early handheld game technology in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Sonic the Hedgehog and other console classics are featured in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Sonic the Hedgehog and other console classics are featured in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Classic Nintendo console games such as the Legend of Zelda, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land are featured in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Classic Nintendo console games such as the Legend of Zelda, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land are featured in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Hang-On and Outrun are two classic Sega arcade machines in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Hang-On and Outrun are two classic Sega arcade machines in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Hang-On and Outrun are two classic Sega arcade machines in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Hang-On and Outrun are two classic Sega arcade machines in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Game Masters includes games like Child of Eden, which explores how 3D technology affected game play. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Game Masters includes games like Child of Eden, which explores how 3D technology affected game play. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Compete against one another in multiplayer classics such as Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and Warcraft III in the Game Changers section of the Game Masters exhibition. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Compete against one another in multiplayer classics such as Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and Warcraft III in the Game Changers section of the Game Masters exhibition. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
In addition to 100+ playable games, Game Masters also explores the artwork, design and people behind our favorite video games. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
In addition to 100+ playable games, Game Masters also explores the artwork, design and people behind our favorite video games. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
In addition to offering 100+ playable games, Game Masters explores the artwork, design and people behind our favorite video games. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
In addition to offering 100+ playable games, Game Masters explores the artwork, design and people behind our favorite video games. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Experiential music booths help you let loose in games like SingStar in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Experiential music booths help you let loose in games like SingStar in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Gather your friends together to compete at Rock Band 3 in a private music booth in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Gather your friends together to compete at Rock Band 3 in a private music booth in the Game Changers section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
The Indies section of Game Masters explores the contributions of independently designed games, such as Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
The Indies section of Game Masters explores the contributions of independently designed games, such as Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Explore console, mobile and PC games in the Indies section of the Game Masters exhibition. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Explore console, mobile and PC games in the Indies section of the Game Masters exhibition. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Explore console, mobile and PC games in the Indies section of the Game Masters exhibition. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Explore console, mobile and PC games in the Indies section of the Game Masters exhibition. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Designers such as Jakub Dvorsky and thatgamecompany are featured in the Indies section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).
Designers such as Jakub Dvorsky and thatgamecompany are featured in the Indies section of Game Masters. Photo courtesy of ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).

Game Masters: The Exhibition showcases the world’s best video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s console and online games. And with 100+ playable games, it’s game on! (No quarters needed.)

The work of more than 30 designers who have made a significant impact in the field is explored through rare concept artwork, newly commissioned interviews and interactive digital displays. This is the first large-scale exhibition to take visitors behind the scenes of how video games are made as well as spotlighting the people who actually make them. From Nintendo's iconic worlds featuring Mario and Link, to the obsession that is Minecraft, to the immersive experiences of Blizzard Entertainment, this is a landmark collection of the most popular video games on the planet, as well as independent games with a cult-like following.

Game Masters is an exhibition developed by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image). It makes its California premiere at the Fleet Science Center, and will be open July 1, 2017, through January 15, 2018.

 


Game Masters Events

Late-Night Gaming

July 7–Sept. 1: The Fleet will stay open extra late on Friday nights, until 10 p.m., with gaming on the Giant Dome screen and a no-host bar (open at 6 p.m.) for your adult beverage needs. Regular admission applies, and includes Game Masters and all the Fleet's interactive exhibits. Last admission is 9:30 p.m.; the building closes at 10 p.m. Late Night Gaming at the Fleet is open to all ages. Those who wish to consume alcohol must have a valid ID and be 21 or older.

July 21 is Family Night! Bring the kids for family fun. We'll play Mario Kart on the Giant Dome screen (parents vs. kids!) and Mario and Yoshi will be available 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to say hello and pose for photos.

July 28 is Cosplay Night! Dress up as your favorite character or super hero! We’ll have members of the 501st Legion to game right beside you! (Hmm … Can you beat a Stormtrooper at Space Invaders?) 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Video Games to the Rescue!

On the third Thursday of every month the Fleet invites local scientists, researchers and engineers to talk about how video game technology is helping them find imaginative solutions to the world’s challenges. Scheduled speakers include Professor Kuester, Dr. Leanne Chukoskie and Dr. Nadir Weibel. Learn more.

Power-Up! Inside Video Games

On select Thursdays each month, get the inside scoop on video games, from the way they’re developed to becoming a pro player, straight from insiders. Scheduled speakers include the game development team from The Behemoth, John Smedley from Amazon Game Studios and the game development team from Daybreak. Learn more

ThoughtSTEM Computer Science Camps

Kids will work collaboratively and creatively in fun, interactive programming environments at ThoughtSTEM Computer Science camps at the Fleet. Grades 3–5 can try Adventures in Minecraft Modding & Game Design or Video Game Academy: 2D Game Design, while Grades 6–8 can learn Java, how to build websites, how to use Arduino or Python Coding: 2D Game Design. Learn more.

All-Night Gaming

Are you a player? We've got your games! On August 26, spend the night at the Fleet and play 100+ games until the sun comes up, enjoy gaming on the Dome screen in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, plus participate in an all-night tournament! For adults 21+ only. Register for this event.

Fleet Night of Science

This after-hours event for chic geeks 21+ will delve into the science of video games on the evening of September 14. You get the science center all to yourself (no kids allowed!) to explore exhibits, sip cocktails and get your geek on with science experiments, clever chats and delightfully nerdy experiences. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Learn more.

 


The Games of Game Masters

ARCADE HEROES

Tempest

Missile Command

Defender

Robotron: 2084

Asteroids

Centipede

Reactor

Rip-off

Space Invaders

Gun Fight

Pac-Man

GeeBee

Xevious

Tower of Druaga

Scramble

Elevator Action

Donkey Kong

GAME CHANGERS

Diablo 3

Starcraft 2 (x2)

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

SingStar

Child of Eden [2D]

Child of Eden [3D]

Rez

Sega Rally Championship

Space Channel 5

Lumines

Black & White

Dungeon Keeper

Fable III

Populous

Legend of Zelda

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

New Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario 64

Super Mario Bros.

3DS_Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (x2)

3DS_Mario Kart 7 (x2)

3DS_Super Mario 3D land (x2)

Amplitude

Dance Central 3

Frequency

Rock Band 3

Broken Age

Brutal Legend

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge

Psychonauts

Chu Chu Rocket

Sonic Generations

Sonic the Hedgehog 1

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Nights into Dreams

Deus Ex

Disney Epic Mickey

System Shock

Ultima Underworld

Shenmue

Hang-On

OutRun

Virtua Fighter

LEGO Batman 3

LEGO Harry Potter

LEGO StarWars II: The Original Trilogy

LEGO StarWars III: The Clone Wars

ICO

Shadow of Colossus

The Sims

Sim City 2000

SimCity (1989)

Spore Creature creator

INDIES

Game Masters: The Game

Alien Hominid

Castle Crashers

Braid

Critter Crunch

Sword and Scorcery EP

Another World

From Dust

Heart of Darkness

Botanicula

Machinarium

Samorost 2

Flight Control HD

Real Racing 2 HD

Spy Mouse

Fruit Ninja

Jetpack Joyride

Darwinia

Defcon

Parappa the Rapper

Vib-Ribbon

Minecraft

Angry Birds

Blueberry Garden

Kometen

Tri Tri Triobelisk

flOw

Flower

Journey

Generously sponsored in part by
County Supervisor Ron Roberts through the
San Diego County Community Enhancement Program