GAME ON FOR BARBICAN
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[ January 5th 2002 ]
Gallery is proud to announce - the first major
and most comprehensive UK exhibition to explore
the 40-year history of computer gaming. On show
from 16 May - 15 September 2002, the exhibition
will explore the creativity and influence of computer
games on contemporary culture.
Bodman, the Barbican's resident curator said:
"Game On is going to be a spectacular exhibition.
It will identify key creative individuals involved
in software design, and explain crucial developments
in hardware technology from the primitive colossal
computers of the early Sixties to the Game Cube
There will be some unique material and objects
in the show and lots of interactive opportunities
250 exhibits will be displayed in an exciting
and specially created environment. will be based
on 11 themed sections exploring a wide variety
of areas. These will include early arcade games
- featuring the very first arcade game - Computer
Space (1971); the creative process of games -
highlighting key individuals who have been responsible
for the development of games such as Core Design
the creators of Tomb Raider and Maxis developer
of The Sims.
will also feature original artwork and prototypes
of the games. The section entitled Games Families
offers the chance for visitors to play over 40
games from action to simulation. The impact of
film and music on computer games will be explored
as well as an area especially designed for under
18s, featuring artwork, handhelds and games stations
that reflect both historical and current games.
links and differences between games developed
in Europe, North America and Japan, will be examined,
and a section dedicated to the future of computer
games with the latest examples of hardware and
software will be featured.
On's guest curator Lucien King said: "The exhibition
has taken us around the world in search of all
of the good things that have come from games.
Anybody who is an avid gamer or has a mild interest
in electronic entertainment, will not want to
miss out on this show. It's never been done before
to this extent and is going to go down a storm
with young and old alike."