Code Breakers: Women in Games

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    Screenshot from 'Tearaway Unfolded' 2015, directed by Siobhan Reddy, published by Media Molecule

About the exhibition

Press play on Code Breakers, an exhibition curated by ACMI and the first of its kind in Australia celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry.

Following the ongoing success of Game Masters and the Independent Games Festival (which have collectively attracted nearly 1 million visitors worldwide on tour), Code Breakers will mark ACMI’s third game-based touring exhibition. Code Breakers celebrates emerging and established female game makers in an interactive and immersive exhibition.

Visitors can get hands-on with an array of playable games – from indie through to commercial hits and new releases – all made by 10 Australian and New Zealand women working in different capacities: as directors, programmers, developers, digital artists, writers, producers and designers. From platformers and role-playing strategy digital board games through to graphical adventure and racing games, Code Breakers offers something for everyone at every skill level. Deliver pizzas and crush bullies in ‘Ninja Pizza Girl’, join an animal clan in ‘Armello’ or race souped-up cars in ‘Need For Speed: No Limits’. Code Breakers ponders important questions in a post Gamergate landscape: What does a more inclusive games industry look like? How do we encourage this diversity?

In Code Breakers, each maker reflects on the sometimes challenging journey they’ve made into this male-dominated industry, revealing the human stories behind their games via a custom built exhibition audio tour.

The exhibition will be displayed at ACMI from 25 July - 5 November 2017.

Artists and Curator

Serena Bentley

Lisy Kane: Producer at League of Geeks, Co-founder of Girl Geek Academy and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in the games category

Katharine Neil: Independent Game Developer and Director of the hugely controversial and influential game ‘Escape From Woomera’

Maru Nihoniho: Founder and Managing Director of Metia Interactive and recipient of a New Zealand Order of Merit for her service to the gaming industry

Siobhan Reddy: Co-founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule, named in Fortune's 10 most powerful women in gaming

Cherie Davidson: Associate Producer at Media Molecule on Dreams, and Programmer on upcoming indie title, 'Intergalactic Space Princess'

Elissa Harris: Lead Coder, Co-designer and Co-founder at Flat Earth Games and Programmer on 'Objects in Space'

Erin Dupuy: Lead QA for 'Dead Space', 'Real Racing 3', 'The Sims FreePlay' and Designer for 'Need for Speed: No Limits'

Nicole Stark: Co-director and Co-founder of Disparity Games, Co-creator of 'Ninja Pizza Girl'

Rebecca Fernandez: Games Programmer and Lead Programmer for PS4/Steam titles 'Tricky Towers' and 'Armello'

Brooke Maggs: Writer, Narrative Designer and Producer of 'The Gardens Between'

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/02/2018 - 31/12/2020
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
$4,000 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Mobile Phone App, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
- All AV material and display structures provided - 3 x iPad audio guide
Primary contact
Tegan McAuley
Exhibitions Project Coordinator - Touring
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
03 8663 2465
An ACMI touring exhibition