Video game exhibition to be held in London

By Derek Sooman on
I look back to the early days of home computing with a great degree of nostalgia. I know that today we have machines that are capable of all sorts of wonderful things - the Internet, DVD writing, 3D games being just some of them - but there was just something simply magnificent about those old games, operating systems and programs that ran in like 32K of RAM and stuff and took forever to load from tape.

Games like "Pac-Man", "Manic Miner" and that stupid King Kong game that seemed to be ported to just about every home computer that was around will never loose their appeal. OK, today we have blisteringly fast 3D graphics and wonderful sound, and games that are just as immersive as many modern films, but back in the early days game developers just seemed to try that little bit harder to make the games more challenging, inventive, and downright annoying when you failed.



London's Science Museum is to play host to "Game On" - a new exhibition featuring more than 120 vintage games, including Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Space War, the world's first computer game from 1962.

Gaetan Lee, programmes developer at the Science Museum, said he was "particularly excited" that visitors would get a chance to see PDP-1, the computer that ran Space War.

"Nowhere else will people be able to see the entire history of the games industry laid out, explained and ready to play," he said.

The exhibition will run from 21 October to 25 February and includes videogame influenced art as well as a series of supporting activities running alongside the main exhibition. These activities will include debates and speaker sessions, as well as investigations into the science behind videogames and how players interact with them.

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