There's a pretty wide selection of events on offer over the weekend, including everything from playing classic '80s games like Donkey Kong, 1943, Mr Do!, Galaga and Pac-Man, as well as learning about game design and creation and meeting some key industry figures.
Here's a rundown on some of the program highlights:
Friday 29 January, 6 – 9pm · Relive those 80s arcade days with a dozen game consoles featuring some of the most popular retro games including Donkey Kong, 1943, Mr Do!, Galaga, Pac-Man and many more. · Hear talks from some of the biggest international and Australian names in gaming design including: Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT, Nick Montfort; one of the developers behind The America's Cup Sailing Simulation computer game, Steve Wang; and independent video game developer and creator of ROM CHECK FAIL, Jarrad Woods. · Take the ROM CHECK FAIL challenge, a mash-up of classic 80s computer games. · Hear 80s and games-inspired music by DJ Ali Reza while you enjoy food and drink at the bar.
Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 January, 10am – 5pm · Learn more about game creation and design in a hands-on workshop with Professor (Dr) Kathy Blashki, Director of Research and Education at Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). · Listen to industry experts, including game developer John Passfield, talk about creating some of the early 80s games. · Take part in a live recording of the online gaming program Byteside, as a panel of Australian games industry journalists and experts discuss how the essential experience of videogames has changed in the past thirty years. · Kids can dress up and take part in a life-size 80s-inspired computer game or get creative with games-based craft workshops. · Relive those 80s arcade days with a dozen game consoles featuring some of the most popular retro games including Donkey Kong, 1943, Mr Do!, Galaga, Pac-Man and more. · Join a curator-led tour of the Museum’s Cyberworlds exhibition.
The retro gaming exhibition is all part of the museum's The 80s are back exhibition, so there's more than just games if you do make the trip to the Powerhouse. In any case, it sounds like a great event...