So what’s this all about then? Well if you wait a second, we’ll tell you! ACMI is hosting the RETROLYMIPAD to celebrate the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, so get ready for an evening of food, drinks and Olympics inspired retro videogames from the 80s through to the 2000 Sydney Olympics!
The event will feature a range of nostalgia inducing retro gaming titles like: Epyx’s iconic California Games (1987 and 1993), U.S. Gold’s classic Olympic Gold series (1992 and 1996), Konami’s Track and Field II (1988) and International Track and Field (2000), and Dynamix and Data East’s Caveman Ughlympics (1988).
The RETROLYMPIAD will transform ACMI’s ‘Lightwell’ and ‘Cube’ spaces into a pop-up arcade playground for adults. In the spirit of sports commentary greats, comedians Andy Matthews and Al Tremblay Birchall will guide party-goers through an unmissable opening ceremony, retro-themed factoids and live game play. Another highlight of the night will be a live DJ set featuring 80s inspired beats by the Midnight Juggernauts.
ACMI Producer, Emily Siddons states “Whether you have fond memories of mashing controllers to crunchy 8-bit graphics, or are a game expert, this event has you covered. It is about getting into the Olympic spirit, hanging out with friends, being entertained by live game play and epic sporting fails over music, laughs and great food and drinks.”
Just like Carl Lewis made history in track and field, so too could Melburnians make history as top virtual athletes – winning a medal or ten like Carl . Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, RETROLYMPIAD is one pixel pushing party you should not miss.