Down in Melbourne last night, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosted An Evening With Tetsuya Mizuguchi for Game Masters.
The event was co-presented by Japan Foundation, ACMI and Freeplay, and marked the latest in a series of ‘Evening With…’ events to celebrate Game Masters, as well as being a part of this year’s Freeplay Festival.
Mizuguchi-san is also a part of a panel discussion at ACMI today, the first of many to be hosted over the weekend as the theme of Chaos and Grace is tackled by people from all elements of gaming development culture in Australia (Morgan Jaffit, Heroes’ Call) and Internationally (Mare Sheppard, N+).
ACMI also brought Warren Spector, Tim Schafer and Peter Molyneux into the fold when it launched Game Masters in June this year, focusing its exhibition specifically on the greatest gaming auteurs throughout the medium’s modest history.
Mizuguchi represents one of the pioneers of the aesthetically-focused games in recent years including Rez, Lumines and Child of Eden, all of which take true advantage of the medium’s multi-modal nature and consider the music, colour and movement to be just as important a part of the experience as the gameplay.
The evening session was hosted by Dewi Tanner, (who recently worked as a Producer on Pachinko Pictures’ Take a Walk), who honoured Mizuguchi by going back through his entire body of work and slightly embarassing him by asking him to play Space Channel 5 on the big screen.
The highlight for any of the almost full cinema of attendees, however, was when Rez was played. The breathtaking game was remade in HD for XBLA recently, and was momentous to behold in such an environment being played by its actual creator.
The Game Masters exhibition closes in October, when it will be moving over to New Zealand.
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