To celebrate this game-tastic exhibition, Anna Tito, a Canberra-based developer who has worked around the world on huge titles like Crossy: Road and The Simpsons: Tapped Out, shared her favourite games and experiences of Game Masters. 

What games couldn’t you resist playing at Game Masters: The Exhibition?

There are so many! All 80 of the retro games that you can play at Game Masters: The Exhibition are great for different reasons. I love Flow by thatgamecompany - it is a lovely peaceful gaming experience. I can't go past Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne - a game I played a lot in high school, so the nostalgia for that game is high. Florence from Mountains is also a great game that explores so many complex concepts in interesting ways.

What can we expect at Friday Lates: Local Heroes of Gaming?

The National Film and Sound Archive will open the doors to this hands-on exhibition after hours for an evening to remember. This evening will be about playing awesome games and hearing from locally based developers about their path into game development, the games they have made and the adventures they have had on their journey.

Visitors to Game Masters: The Exhibition challenging their friends to a game at the National Film and Sound Archive.
Visitors to Game Masters: The Exhibition challenging their friends to a game. Image courtesy and copyright of ACMI. Photographer Mark Ashkanasy.

What’s your favourite aspect of the National Film and Sound Archive?

I love the amazing collections of Australian works in the National Film and Sound Archive, we have so many amazing creators in this country I love seeing the diversity and complexity of the works they create.
I also highly admire the preservation work they do; it is an incredibly complex task to preserve the variety of media they have to work with, and they do a fantastic job of it.

After visiting Game Masters, where do you recommend visitors go?

I’d head down to the National Museum of Australia’s café and have a coffee while overlooking the lake, then have a relaxing afternoon checking out the exhibitions, where Australian stories come alive. The National Museum of Australia is currently hosting DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – From Sketch to Screen (12 September 2019 - 2 February 2020), which is the ultimate experience for my inner child.

Visitors to Game Masters: The Exhibition challenging their friends to a game at the National Film and Sound Archive.
Which retro game will you play at Game Masters: The Exhibition? Image courtesy and copyright of ACMI. Photographer Mark Ashkanasy.

What are two places we would catch you hanging out in and around Canberra?

During the day you can find me grabbing a coffee as Smith’s Alternative or on the occasional evening where I feel like socialising and gaming you’ll find me at Reload Bar & Games.

Where would you go to recharge after an epic gaming session?

After an epic gaming session, I like to get away from the screens, so I’d probably go for a drive out to Lanyon Homestead for great food and to take a wander around the gardens.

Anna Tito will be sharing more insights into the gaming world in Canberra at Friday Lates: Local Heroes of Gaming.