Game shares space with classics
David Frampton was just a baby when the neon lights of arcades were beginning to attract hordes of teenagers in the early 1980s.
Now the 31-year-old Hawke’s Bay man has his creation, Chopper 2, exhibited in Wellington alongside gaming classics such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders.
Frampton is pleased to be part of an exhibition of the gaming icons of his childhood.
‘‘It’s great. It’s quite an honour really – just being a one-manband developer, sometimes I feel like I’m a little overlooked.’’
Chopper 2 is part of the Game Masters exhibition at Te Papa, which features more than 100 games, including Sing Star, The Sims, Angry Birds and Minecraft.
Visitors can play the games, listen to designer interviews and view video game art.
Frampton, the sole designer at his software company, Majic Jungle, said there was as much creativity in gaming design as more traditional art forms.
‘‘You’re creating a world which people can be a part of,’’ he said. ‘‘ When I was doing landscape painting, it was only something that people could observe.’’
Shatter, a game developed by Wellington-based studio Sidhe, is also on show at Game Masters.
Te Papa concept developer Kristelle Plimmer said video games attracted a broad range of players, from dedicated gamers to those who play the occasional game of Farmville or Angry Birds, to parents who use games to broker peace during road trips.
‘‘I know there’s going to be a lot of parents travelling this summer . . . thankful they got their child a game console for Christmas.
Plimmer said the video game industry was gathering momentum in New Zealand.
‘‘The creation and development of games is a growing area. It’s something that can happen here, too. You don’t have to move.
‘‘You can live in a rural part of Hawke’s Bay and be an internationally recognised game developer,’’ she said.
Te Papa Game Masters, until April 28. Cost: Adults $16, children $9 (under 5s free).