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Game On

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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, Game On takes a global perspective at gaming’s fascinating past and limitless future. From the colossal Mainframes of the early sixties to the latest industry releases, Game On examines the creative and scientific advances that have revolutionised the games we play. The exhibition features more than 150 playable games, including Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog and Rock Band, to virtual reality and Minecraft.

Game On considers the development and diversification of gaming from different perspectives. In the Early Games and Home Consoles sections, the establishment of gaming technology is explored and the games and consoles that are now a part of our everyday lives and features of our homes are presented. Continuing the journey through the history of videogames, this exhibition explores the breadth of Genres within the medium and displays behind-the-scenes Making and Marketing. There are games from across the globe in World Games and games for younger audiences in the Kids section, as well as a fun-packed Multiplayer offer. Popular Characters are introduced and the significant role of music and audio is explored in the Sound section. In Cinema, the influence of films and videogames is revealed. There are portable games to play and in Futures different immersive technologies can be experienced.

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



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Watch: Game On at Miraikan

The Japan Times features Game On's opening at Miraikan in Tokyo, Japan.  

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Watch: Game On 2.0 at Ontario Science Centre

Exhibition Manager Patrick Moran explains the concept behind the exhibition and Neil McConnon discusses the ideal combination of art and science that games represent.

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