There’s an incredible new games arcade hidden in the depths of The Capitol

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There’s an incredible new games arcade hidden in the depths of The Capitol

Words by Staff Writer

Melbourne International Games Week is about to kick off and you know what that means?

Some of Melbourne’s greatest icons are turning into videogame havens.

RMIT’s Culture and Future Play Lab are holding a special screening of Steven Lisberger’s ground-breaking 1982 arcade game classic TRON, introduced by a discussion from gaming and placemaking experts at The Capitol.

TRON at The Capitol

  • 19 Tuesday September 6pm
  • TRON x Future Play Lab
  • The Capitol,113 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
  • Tickets are only $10

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Prior to the screening, you can hear from Future Play Lab artist gamemaker Troy Innocent, RMIT PlaceLab Co-Lead Kiri Delly and multimedia specialist Uyen Nguyen, as they contextualise playable spaces, game design and how TRON was lightyears ahead in the use of AI within modern cinema and its predictions of society’s adaptation of technology and games.

After the screening, you’ll be able discover a street arcade hidden in the middle of the Melbourne CBD and follow the trail of five playable art machines embedded in shops and cafés starting at The Capitol.

Made by Melbourne artists, designers and musicians, each arcade machine has been transformed into a playable artwork – race to catch a tram, learn Indigenous language, make music from emojis, battle it out with Jukebot or head down the Yomeci Hole.

Featuring work by Jarra Karalinar Steel, YomeciPlay, Troy Innocent, tiasu, Honeysmack, and Ranjit Nijjer. Members of the Future Play Lab will also be appearing in the arcade looking for challengers!

Grab tickets here.