Game On

The history, culture and future of computer games.

16 May 2002 - 15 September 2002
Art Gallery

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Game On is the first major UK exhibition to explore the vibrant history and culture of computer games. Focusing on key developments between 1962 and the present day, it takes an in-depth look at gaming’s fascinating past and limitless future.
From the colossal PDP – 1 of the early sixties to the GameCube in 2002, Game On examines the technologies that have revolutionised the games we play. With over 125 playable games including Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Gear Solid 2, and the ten most influential consoles – you can experience them all.

See the design process from concept to packaging for five of the most important games of recent times: Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, The Sims, Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider. Other highlights include an exploration of the influence of manga and anime on computer games; films that have been influenced by and influenced computer games; online gaming and new games technologies.

Interactive, all action, state-of the-art, groundbreaking, Game On is suitable for players of all ages.

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View the original Game On website. This website was created for the original exhibition in 2002 by State, the information is no longer up-to-date.

Forthcoming venues:

Science Museum London, UK 20 Oct 06 - 25 Feb 07
Thailand Creative Design Centre 9 Aug - 1 Nov 06
Australian Centre of Moving Image, Australia 28 Feb - 13 Jul 08

Past venues:

Pacific Science Centre, Seattle, USA 26 May - 31 Aug 06
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, USA 1 Feb – 27 Apr 06
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California, USA 30 Sep 05 - 2 Jan 06
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, USA 4 Mar – 5 Sep 05
Eretz Israel Museum , Israel 26 Sep 04  – 1 Jan 05
Lille Festival of Culture 2004 France 19 May – 8 Aug 04
Helsinki City Art Museum , Finland 18 Sep – 14 Dec 03
Tilburg Art Foundation, Holland 28 May – 24 Aug 03
The Royal Museum at the National Museum of Scotland, UK 17 Oct 02 – 2 Feb 03
Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK 16 May  -15 Sept 02


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