5 December 2014 – 20 April 2015
Following a two-year tour of museums in Australia, Game Masters travels to the city that created Grand Theft Auto.
It may be a surprise to find that the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time isn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or an A-list album, but a computer game made in Edinburgh. Grand Theft Auto V earned $800 million in its first day on sale, confirming computer games' status as the 21st century’s most commercially successful creative form. Yet while games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Sonic the Hedgehog are household names, the individuals who created them are notable for their absence from the mainstream media.
The exhibition shines a spotlight on the designers who transformed gaming into a multi-billion dollar global business, from Shigeru Miyamoto, the Japanese creator of Mario and Zelda, to Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, the Swedish designer whose company was recently purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion.