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NEW GAME ON EXHIBITION
Copyright 2002 Game On Press Release
[ September 10th 2002 ]
On is the first major UK exhibition to explore
the vibrant history, culture and future of videogames
from 1962 to the present day and beyond. Come
and play over 120 videogames at this incredible
groundbreaking exhibition. Forty years ago Space
War!, the first ever videogame, appeared and now
in 2002 Sony are presenting us with the possibility
of games without consoles, where players manipulate
objects using their own body movement. See it
all at Game On!
examines the game design process from conceptual
drawing through to the finished game and identifies
the key creative people who make them. It explains
the developments in hardware technology, from
the colossal computers of the early 1960s to the
recent consoles like Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation
2, illustrating how content and technologies need
each other to move forward successfully. The influence
games have had on culture in Europe, North America
and Japan is also explored. Says Jem Fraser, Head
of Education at the National Museums of Scotland,
"We are delighted that Game On, our collaborative
exhibition with the Barbican Gallery, is now coming
to Scotland. There are thousands of Scottish gamers
and museum goers who can't wait to check out the
On kicks off with Early Arcade Games, exploring
the early history of arcade games from 1962, when
Steve Russell, a researcher at MIT (Massachusetts
Institute of Technology), designed a game called
Space War!, the first game to be developed on
a computer with a monitor. Could this be the first
piece of game hardware? The range of rare vintage
arcade games continues with the first manufactured
arcade game Computer Space (1971) and Pong (1972)
both developed by Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari.
Other major games from this period include the
popular game Space Invaders (1978). You can then
move to Games Consoles, exploring their history
from 1972 to the present day. This section describes
and displays the range of machines produced by
Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and others,
which have brought gaming into the home over the
last 30 years. Visitors will be able to see and
play some of the key consoles, including the first
one made for the home - the Magnavox Odyssey (1972).
Following the exhibition tour, these consoles
will be taken into the NMS collections.
35 playable games, Games Families looks at the
world of games and examines where the impetus
for different kinds of gameplay has come from.
In The Making and Marketing of Games, the game
design process from concept drawing to packaged
product is examined including a focus on one of
the most important games of recent times: Grand
Theft Auto III (Rockstar Games). The exhibition
proceeds to examine the different types of games
available in different parts of the world and
the thought processes and factors contributing
to their invention. looks at the way games reflect
and influence wider culture. Key areas for consideration
are the debate over violence, the role of the
independent game company and the influence of
sport on games. Also explored are the differing
games cultures in Europe, America and Japan.
have often been closely associated with film and
we look at examples of links between the two media
with playable arcade games including Star Wars
(Atari) and Tron (Bally Midway). More recent console-based
hits renowned for their dynamic game play include
Golden Eye (Rare) and Star Wars Rogue Leader (LucasArts).
Original film posters from Super Mario Brothers,
Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider have been included
in the display.
On rounds up with a glimpse of the future. A range
of emerging technology and content trends are
showcased, giving some indication of the shape
that gaming may take over the next decade. This
display includes Japanese 'communication games',
Liquid Fire- a revolutionary new type of games
interface from Sony, which allows the player to
interact with the game using physical movements.
New to the Scottish leg of the exhibition is the
latest Lara Croft Tomb Raider game that is to
be released in December.
On Scotland. Royal Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh,
20 and 21 November 2002.