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ACMI puts gamers’ cooking, musical skills to the test

Grace Yew

Mon Aug 20 2012

Game Masters Competition -Angry birds – courtesy ACMI

EVER wanted to put your love for Diablo 3 into song? Or cook up some spaghetti a la Super Mario? ACMI is giving gamers a chance to show off their musical and culinary skills in competitions Game Masters Super Chef and Sonic Sensations.

In conjunction with the Game Masters exhibition, the Australian Centre for the Moving Images (ACMI) has come up with two contests designed to bring the competitive nature of gamers to a whole different arena.

Game Masters Super Chef and Sonic Sensations will give contestants a chance to produce and share their games-inspired culinary and musical creations.

ACMI’s Screen Events Manager, Helen Simondson, says the competitions are open to gaming enthusiasts of all ages.

“We know gamers love getting involved in a hands-on way, which is what Game Masters is all about,” she says.

“We also know they can be competitive and creative so we’ve designed some competitions with these things in mind.”

Game Masters Super Chef

Game Masters Super Chef tasks contestants to create a games-inspired dish – savoury or sweet – that will appeal to hungry gamers.

There’s even a version of the competition for those younger than 16-years-old, Junior Game Masters Super Chef.

None other than Matt Preston – cravat-wearing food critic and judge on MasterChef Australia – will be judging both competitions.

Dishes will be evaluated based on how good they look in your photos, so remember to take a snapshot before devouring any submissions!

The competition is already open and will run till Monday, September 17.

Winners will be announced on Monday, October 1.

Sonic Sensations

If you’re musically inclined, the Sonic Sensations competition challenges entrants to create and record a games-inspired composition.

Entries can be an original song, a remix of an old favourite tune, or any variation thereupon.

Submissions should be .wav files between one and three minutes in length.

Game composer and designer Steve Fawkner, of Warlords and Puzzle Quest fame, will be picking the winners.

This competition is slated to open on Friday August 24, and will run until Monday October 8.

Results will be released on October 15.

Big prizes

Contestants for both competitions stand to win a Game Masters prize pack, which includes a Sony PlayStation Vita console and game, a double pass to the exhibition, as well as a Game Masters book autographed by Tim Schafer and Warren Spector.

Runners-up will win a Game Masters t-shirt, a Game Masters book, and an ACMI Membership.

And for a bonus prize, the Audience Award is up for grabs in both Game Masters Super Chef categories.

Winners will be determined based on  the number of ‘likes’ for their photos on the ACMI Facebook gallery.

More information, including how to enter and terms and conditions, can be found here.