The Game On exhibition will open in Dublin’s Ambassador Theatre from 20 September for a limited run.
The exhibition includes rare memorabilia and the chance to play your way through over 100 playable games from the arcade classics to the latest releases.
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Game On traces the technology behind the incredible pace of development in computer game production over the last 35 years and gives audiences a thrilling hands-on experience to explore how games and gaming has evolved into a massive billion-dollar industry of today.
Neil McConnon, Head of Barbican International Enterprises and producer of the Game On exhibition, says, “Game On and the Barbican Centre are absolutely committed to bringing the very best gaming and moving image experience to Dublin. With the exponential growth in popularity over the last 35 years, videogames have become a major cultural reference point in our society, an integral part of today’s kaleidoscopic, whirlpool of pop culture capable of invoking misty-eyed nostalgia as well feeding off and influencing other creative forms such as movies, music, television. For many people playing Space Invaders or Pac Man in arcades, plugging in their first Atari, or buying a hand held game like Donkey Kong was as significant an experience as buying their first record or seeing Star Wars at the drive in’.
Since being launched at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in 2002, Game On has toured to United States, Europe and Asia and has proven to be a smash hit amongst gaming fans, kids and adults alike. Presented as a totally interactive experience, the exhibition is pure fun for the dedicated gamer and first time novice alike.
Game On traces the development of the video games from the very first – Space Wars (1962), to arcade classics such as Space Invaders, Pong and Asteroids , through to consoles and pc games (dating back to the age of the Commodore 64) and to today’s mega-franchises developed for the Xbox and Playstation as well as future developments such as handless and online platforms.
Originally curated by Conrad Bodman (ACMI’s Head of Exhibitions) and Lucian King for the Barbican Art Gallery, the exhibition draws on game culture, and looks at the influence of computer games in music and film, and the impact of particular film genres such as anime and comic genres such as manga.