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Breaking female stereotypes with new MOTAT exhibition

A new exhibit at MOTAT is set to open that explores the industry and careers of gaming, regardless of gender identity.

Code Breakers: Women in Games, is an exhibit created by ACMI and celebrates the work women do in the world of gaming.

Set to open on December 3, the exhibit is a hands-on game zone for people to play an array of games, whether it be indie or commercial, all the games are created by women across Australasia, with two from New Zealand.

“We are excited to bring stories of these awesome wāhine in gaming. It features 10 game-makers and 14 different hands-on games for visitors to get inspired and educated on this rapidly changing digital space,” says MOTAT Exhibitions Manager, Simon Gould.

Maru Nihoniho and Katherine Neil are the two Kiwi women featured in the exhibit.

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The pair will showcase their gaming mahi and experience as they take people along the journey of creation and how they got to where they are today.

The exhibit will also include a reflection from each game creator on their challenging journey in the industry that is largely dominated by men.

“I hope this inspires all children and young people who are interested in technology. As well as the fun and learning of gaming for MOTAT visitors, it’s great to be showcasing wāhine in gaming,” says MOTAT’s General Manager of Museum Experience, Sally Manuireva.

“Code Breakers helps carry a topical conversation of how we foster diversity and equal opportunities for women in Aotearoa.”

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