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).

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