barbican international enterprises

touring exhibitions

Game On
Game On is the first major international touring exhibition to explore the vibrant history and culture of computer games. Focusing on key game developments between 1962 and the present day, it takes a global perspective at gaming’s fascinating past and limitless future.

From the colossal PDP – 1 of the early sixties to the latest industry releases, Game On examines the creative and scientific advances that have revolutionised the games we play. With over 150 playable games including Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog and Rock Band, and the ten most influential consoles – you can experience and play them all in this truly interactive, touring video games exhibition.

See the design process from concept to packaging for four of the most important games of recent times: Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, The Sims and Tomb Raider. Game On gives a global take on video games, the 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, music composed for games and new games technologies.

Highly interactive, all action, state-of the-art, groundbreaking and popular, Game On is suitable for players of all ages.


Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), Tokyo, Japan

Game On is constantly up-dated with new material. In 2010 we developed and launched Game On 2.0 . This new exhibition continues the exploration of early games and the latest ground breaking technologies through additional content. Taking a look back on early forms of gaming visitors can play pinball games such as Space Riders and The Machines - Bride of Pinbot. With the development of new games comes the latest in Making and Marketing, this section includes extensive material from Uncharted 2, Jak and Daxter and Lara Croft.

The Futures section features cutting edge technologies such as virtual reality, 3D technology and thought interface technology. Nintendo’s Virtual Boy is available to play and also the Virtusphere, an interactive virtual reality console that creates a truly immersive experience.

Game On is available for touring from June 2016 and Game On 2.0 is available from February 2017.

For further information about the Game On tour: contact

Game On 2.0 current city
Oslo, Norway (10 Mar 2016 – 29 Jan 2017)

Game On 2.0 past cities
Newcastle, UK (23 May 2015 – 3 Jan 2016)
Stockholm, Sweden (25 Oct 2013 – 28 Sep 2014)
Ontario, Canada (3 Mar – 2 Sep 2013)
Budapest, Hungary (8 Oct 2012 – 8 Jan 2013)
Sandnes, Norway (25 Feb – 2 Sep 2012)
Portland, Oregon, USA (2 Jul – 18 Sep 2011)
Athens, Greece (16 Dec 2010 – 16 Mar 2011)
Launceston, Australia (3 Jul – 3 Oct 2010)

Game On
 current city
Tokyo, Japan (1 Mar – 31 May 2016)

Game On past cities
Montreal, Canada (16 Apr – 13 Sep 2015)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (12 July – 3 Nov 2013)
Santiago, Chile (27 Mar – 15 May 2013)
Lisbon, Portugal (16 Mar – 29 Jul 2012)
Brasilia, Brazil (26 Jan – 26 Feb 2012)
Sao Paulo, Brazil (10 Nov 2011 – 8 Jan 2012)
Monterrey, Mexico (1 May – 3 July 2011)
Dublin, Ireland (20 Sep 2010 – 30 Jan 2011)
Brussels, Belgium (22 Dec 2009 – 18 Apr 2010)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan (18 Jul – 31 Oct 2009)
Brisbane, Australia (17 Nov 2008 – 15 Feb 2009)
Melbourne, Australia (6 Mar – 13 Jul 2008)
Hong Kong, China (21 Jul – 7 Oct 2007)
London, UK (20 Oct 2006 – 25 Feb 2007)
Seattle, USA (26 May – 31 Aug 2006)
Chicago, USA (1 Feb – 27 Apr 2006)
San Jose, USA (30 Sep – 2 Jan 2006)
Chicago, USA (4 Mar – 5 Sep 2005)
Tel Aviv, Israel (26 Sep 2004 – 1 Jan 2005)
Lille, France (19 May – 8 Aug 2004)
Helsinki, Finland (18 Sep – 14 Dec 2003)
Tilburg, Holland (28 May – 24 Aug 2003)
Edinburgh, Scotland (17 Oct 2002 – 2 Feb 2003)
London, UK (16 May – 15 Sep 2002)