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Game On

The History and Culture of Video Games

Game On was the first major UK exhibition to explore the vibrant history and culture of computer games. 

Focusing on key developments between 1962 and 2002, Game On was an in-depth look at 40 years of gaming history. From the colossal PDFP-1 of the early sixties to the Game Cube in 2002, Game On examined the technologies that revolutionised the games we play. It included 125 playable games including Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Gear Solid 2. 

Game On also provided the opportunity to discover the design process from concept drawing to packaging of five of the most important games of the period, Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, The Sims, Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider. Other highlights included a look at Japanese culture including the influence of manga and anime on computer games; films that have been influenced computer games; online gaming and online communities. 

Tagged with: Art Gallery Archive

Game On was developed by Barbican Art Gallery in collaboration with the National Museums of Scotland.