Te Papa Game Makers Exhibition

December 14th, 2012 at 8:18 pm by David Farrar

Sometimes being pseudo-media has its perks, and today was one of them. I got invited to a media preview of the Game Makers exhibition opening at Te Papa tomorrow.

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I got the high score (to date) on Missile Command. The photo isn’t great quality but in person the old arcade games are in great condition, and playing them all again was like being back in the 1970s!

The website will be showing high scores for the various games, so people can beat their mates.

But this isn’t just a large spacies parlour. They are full of info on the actual creators of the games. We may all know a game is Atari, or Nintendo – but what do we know of the individuals who created them. Their games are a form of art, which has impacted our culture a lot.

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More memories.

IMG_0823This dance game will do doubt prove very popular.

But again it is more than just a collections of games. Don’t get me wrong, heaps will flock there for the ability to play old favourite ganmes for hours on end for just a $16 admittance fee. But there’s a lot of fascinating history on the games and their makers also.

Note if you are planning a long session, they have no toilets in the exhibition, or food and drink, so make sure you are well fed, and emptied, before you go in. The doors open at 10 am.

IMG_0828The exhibition space is pretty  large, so hopefully won’t get too cramped.

It brought back so many memories for me. The playing of spacies at the fish and chip shop while waiting for our orders. Then as we got older, the parlous in town.

And you know what, playing on the PC or an isomething isn’t the same as those old classic arcade games. The big screens. The simple icons. The graphics on their walls.

A great exhibition for young and those no longer so young!

 

 

 

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19 Responses to “Te Papa Game Makers Exhibition”

  1. Nostalgia-NZ (5,214 comments) says:

    Looks like making a trip to Wellington extremely worthwhile, the last was for the magnificent Rita Angus exhibition.

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  2. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    “This dance game will do doubt prove very popular.”

    “The exhibition space is pretty large, so hopefully won’t get too cramped.”

    If you’re going to plug by request, you could at least try to make it less obvious. ;)

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  3. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    My my, another shit exhibit at Te Papa – its a straight out disgrace as a museum. The director should be tarred , feathered and thrown in the harbour.

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  4. infused (654 comments) says:

    Really looking forward to this. Cheers DF.

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  5. morris (53 comments) says:

    Went along this evening. Lots of fun. My favourite is Defender…and you don’t need to put your twenties up on the screen to reserve your game :)

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  6. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    There was a similar more low key thing at the MoTaT in Auckland earlier this year. The Sega Mega-Drive was all set up in a faux living-room. I glibly wise-cracked to the attendant that ‘All this is missing here is the smell of dope’. She immediately got on the radio and reported ‘There is someone smoking cannabis, repeat,cannabis..’ and two big fellas arrived.

    Thinking there was little point in explaining the joke, and risking a control and restraint in front of the kids, I cut my losses and left.

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  7. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Amazing! Only one of the usual anti-museum sourpusses has commented so far!

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  8. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Do they have “Elevator Action”….? I was the shit at that….feeding old 20c pieces in the slot of a Friday night ……memories.

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  9. David Farrar (1,898 comments) says:

    Yes they have Elevator Action!

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  10. tom1980 (44 comments) says:

    Another nail in the coffin of Wellington’s “culture capital” reputation. Auckland War Memorial Museum is excellent and thoroughly worth visiting (as is our excellent art gallery.)

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  11. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Well you stay in Auckland tom, hope you enjoy it. Just the one art gallery in Auckland, is there?
    Here in Wellington we will continue to enjoy some diversity. This is the first time I’ve read any post of DPF’s that has made me want to attend a cultural event.

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  12. tom1980 (44 comments) says:

    I do enjoy it thanks. The current Who Shot Rick n Roll exhibition at the gallery is great and well worth visiting. The museum is always extremely busy too, in my experience generally more so than Te Papa. I must confess I’ve never actually counted how many galleries there are here, and neither am I angry/insecure about it.

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  13. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    It’s nice that you have galleries and museums to visit. I like them too. Of course ours are better than yours (said in a non-insecure manner).

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  14. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    @tom and @pauleastbay – pretentious idiots.

    Celebrating the history of electronic entertainment is worthwhile – electronic entertainment has driven the technology behind the computer industry for the last 30 years.

    Its the epitome of ironic wankery that you would be using a modern phone or computer to make comments on this article, given how much debt the technology you are using owes the electronic entertainment industry.

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  15. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    seanmaitland-

    I do think its wonderful that the museum goes into competition with business in running a games parlour.

    I would be even more impressed if they were not charging $16 a head to play the games. Just a bit co-incidental that it is during the school holidays.

    I’m a cynic and having been to Tepapa 20 Plus times, the only decent thing I have seen there is the Formula 1 cars, the rest of the time its walking around in empty space

    Lastly, pretentious me, no, not really pissed off more as tax money is used to fund this shit. Te papa is pretentious in name , in its directors , can’t say much about the exhibits because there are bugger all. Ya see Sean you can be pretentious when you are using Government money and never really have to show a result for what you spent.

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  16. macdo (18 comments) says:

    Went to this exhibition when it was in the cultural desert of Melbourne (at the excellent Australian Centre for the Moving Image). Not only great fun and nostalgic but very good on the artistic development of games.

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  17. sweetd (125 comments) says:

    Te Papa is just a big space with nothing in it. To call is a national museum is a joke. The auckland museum beats this one with 2 floors tied behind its back.

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  18. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    DPF, you’ll recall the chippie across the road from our school. You know, the one where $1 fritters and chips for a student was half the size of the same order for joe public. It was the Defender, Scrambler and table-top Space Invaders games that inspired me to start writing software. I’d head home every day and try to code something vaguely resembling these games on my ZX-81 and later the ZX-Spectrum. I learned heaps, and that set me up really well for a career… at the cost of a quite a few 20’s and many more hours of solving coding problems, rather than doing homework. Good times.

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  19. Dave Mann (1,222 comments) says:

    David, you are not ‘pseudo-media’.

    You are one of the widest read and informative websites in New Zealand, and one where thousands of New Zealanders with a wide range of political, cultural and economic viewpoints go to get their information and post their views on a DAILY basis.

    New-MEDIA, yes…. but by NO means pseudo!

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