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  Game On Exhibition - Coverage on the ret...ime warp exhibition
Posted by Toadette on Fri, November 3rd, 2006 at 21:03 - 15 Comments
 
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Toadette United Kingdom

 



Well here's the long awaited coverage of the Game On Exhibiton currently hosted at the Science Museum in London. We booked our tickets online so we could skip the queues when we arrived. So let's see what we got for our £8.50 + booking fee.

We started out arriving late (my fault it's a bitch being a pregnant narky woman! blush ) and getting lost around South Kensington :slap: , we finally arrived at the long anticipated Game On Exhibition.

There were five rooms in total dedicated to the whole gaming experience. Starting at the first ever arcade machine to the Xbox 360.

It was a totally overwhelming experience walking in and being faced with so many games and the amount of people as well was mind-blowing, all there to share a bit of our gaming past. :wub:

So without further ado I'll decribe to you a little about the exhibiton :)





I mean can you imagine it. Space Invaders, Pong and Pac-Man all original machines and no emulators! There is no better way to play them ;)

The exhibition was completely interactive where you could almost play to your hearts content and relive your youth. The only thing that was lacking from the exhibition was more detailed information on the arcade machines and consoles available and how they were developed. I'm a museum buff and actually enjoy reading those little information  cards and I felt that there could have been more of those. :(








I was a little disappointed that the Amstrad CPC+ could not be found anywhere. As a kid the Amstrad CPC+ was the only computer we had and I would play for hours on Dizzy and Dynamite Dan. Sadly I couldn't play either of these 2 games at the exhibition, not even on the other computers such as the Commodore 64 or Sinclair Spectrum!

There was so much to take in though and the exhibitions followed the development of games to where they are today.
I kept getting lost and being snap happy with the camera leaving Triforce and Retrohead to relive their childhood.
Game On is sponsored by Nintendo though they did not boast of their contribution to the gaming market or overtake the exhibition and were seriously in the background. Playing Mario kart was weird when it wasn't on the DS or on an emulator and I failed miserably!
A couple of the consoles seemed to be reset and were unplayable and some were using controllers from an entirely different console!
I failed to see the mega drive and only capturing this picture of Sonic I couldn't find the hedgehogs of all hedgehogs anywhere to play with.




The next area went onto a music experience and how music has helped games what they are- this was a bit boring when you're not into that side of it so I slipped off again to get some more fancy shots and found a section with a Sega Saturn setup with Saturn Bomberman playing. There were 10 controllers all ready for the taking but sadly no one seemed to be that interested for some reason!? :hmmm:

The kids that were walking round seemed to appreciate the retro stuff which I found was cool. They seemed to be up on the oldies as much as our generation. It was like walking into a time warp into the Eighties!






There was a cabinet dedicated to hand held games which featured the DS (oh yes) and gave everyone the chance to play the DS Lite and join in on Local Wi-Fi games. Naturally this section was fairly busy so we didn't mind skipping this part as we all had our trusty DS's in our pockets for the train ride home :playlite: :playphat: :playlite:





Then there were three main sections dedicated to gaming classics such as the Pokémon Phenomenon, sexy and adventurous Lara Croft and a section dedicated to the Gran Theft Auto Series, complete with the baseball bat,leather jacket and huge wall maps of the cities (Unfortunately the photos we took of this section appear to have been lost, so you're imagination will have to carry you to that one :P). Finally I noticed a small slot dedicated to Dragons lair and Laser Disc games which was so cool.8)

The last room was massive and had three large screens where you could play more current games for PS2 and Xbox 360. The was Guitar Freaks (PS2), A Ping Pong Game (XBOX 360) and Buzz (PS2).

I was more than a little disappointed to see no mention of the Wii which surely is the future of all game consoles and this section seemed to be perfect for demostrating what the Wii could do and would have sat nicely alongside the other games. I will be making my complaints known to Nintendo I have you know. :baby:

There was also no sign of the dreadded PS3 which is no great loss lets face it! :P




Overall it was a good hour and a half spent tripping back and forward in time. I am an avid reader of Retro gamer and I actually learnt more from the magazine than I did from the exhibition so I suppose if you hadn't dabbled into the past with all the emulators and articles I suppose you could have been blown away by this exhibit.

The best thing was spending time with Triforce, yes he is still alive and kicking after all and he sends a message to the scene; he will be back bigger and better than before. ;)




After searching the in the gift shop merchandise to buy (I was hoping for maybe a Mario kart toy or Link figure) we found a small rack with Final Fantasy Characters to buy (which incidentally had hardly been mentioned in the exhibitition!), Game On products and not alot else. Triforce and retrohead purchased a T-Shirt and a tin (!)


So if you are in the UK then I would recommend that you go and see it. It is worth every penny and if you do, please share with us your thoughts on it. Just remember to arrive early and be prepared to step into a time warp!

The exhibition is in the UK until February and will then continue its tour of the world. So watch out for it somewhere near you soon! :)




 
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Crass United States

  Fri, November 3rd, 2006 at 21:27
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My brother got to see this recently at the Seattle musean of Science. Very Awesome, thanks for the review!
 
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muggsy New Zealand

  Fri, November 3rd, 2006 at 22:01
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Now that looks cool.. I'm trying to organise myself a day to go down and check that out
 
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Dark Knight ez Netherlands

  Fri, November 3rd, 2006 at 23:50
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You should've forced everyone to play that Bomberman! ;)
Damn... so many players at once in one game of Bomberman... priceless.

Nice post by the way; was worth the wait. ;p
 
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retrohead United Kingdom

  Sat, November 4th, 2006 at 18:55
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I've actually got bomberman sitting here for my saturn anyway but i've only got about six pads. I was dissapointed no one was picking it up aswell but they all seemed more interested in the tatty ps2 games on offer just around the corner, the place that the Wii would have stood proudly. Oh well, perhaps when it's out they wil update the exhibition so it may be worth waiting until then. Surely they will put one in on release day as it would fit in so well.  :D
 
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Toadette United Kingdom

  Fri, May 4th, 2007 at 23:14
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Hi
I wanted to bump this as I thought it would get everyone talking about something new- retro games.
We have been having a discussion lately about all the consoles and games we used to play as kids and I thought it would make interesting reading again and might spark people´s memories off.

I go to work with mainly girls and games and computers it’s not something we talk about high on the list it’s mainly food food and men. But when we do everyone loves it. When they come round and see the games they used to pay they get so excited about it like they are kids again.

Anyway please add your comments on retro games and what you used to play

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LDAsh Antarctica

  Sat, May 5th, 2007 at 06:00
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Been getting into old Commodore64 games again via the lovely FrodoDS (which I pray is up for another, smoother release) and enjoying some of the games I used to play when I was in single digits.  Barbarian, Druid, Green Beret, Hawkeye, IK+, Last Ninja, LED Storm, SEUCK, Wizball.  I wish Frodo could save so I could make some SEUCK games again.  I know I can do it on my PC any old time but it feels more exciting to create and play your own games on NDS.  I´d have to say of all "games" I can imagine enjoying in the 1980s, SEUCK holds the best memories and the most meaning to me.  Gets my vote for trapped-on-a-desert-island-with.
 
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Crass United States

  Sat, May 5th, 2007 at 06:48
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LDAsh Today at 06:00

Been getting into old Commodore64 games again via the lovely FrodoDS (which I pray is up for another, smoother release) and enjoying some of the games I used to play when I was in single digits.  Barbarian, Druid, Green Beret, Hawkeye, IK+, Last Ninja, LED Storm, SEUCK, Wizball.  I wish Frodo could save so I could make some SEUCK games again.  I know I can do it on my PC any old time but it feels more exciting to create and play your own games on NDS.  I´d have to say of all "games" I can imagine enjoying in the 1980s, SEUCK holds the best memories and the most meaning to me.  Gets my vote for trapped-on-a-desert-island-with.


Were you ever into Amiga 500 gaming? I was born in 1986 but my father has been a computer program since the early 80s and that was the first machine I really got play on. I really wish someone could make an Amiga 500 emulator for DS. It´s too bad Commodore stopped making computers and operating systems, back in the late 1980s and early 90s Amiga was exetremely revolutionary and cutting edge like how the DS is today.
 
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wizlon United Kingdom

  Sat, May 5th, 2007 at 08:26
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I started with an Amstrad CPC 464, I remember being absolutely mesmerized by the games I got with it, I remember there was a shooting game (kinda like galaga) which was really good, a slot machine game, which me and my dad loved, and a game called Oh Mummy, i loved that, I could play it for hours. For anyone who doesn´t know, it was a pac man style game, in Egypt. It was soooo addictive. I got quite a few games for that in the end like Dizzy, and a small game called Silkworm. Thats probably the only game that me and my dad played together to this day.

Then I was blessed with an Amiga. I´ll never forget the day I got that, my parents just bought me it for no reason (i wasn´t spoiled as a child, honest) and it blew me away. I remember loading up pinball dreams and seeing more than 16 colours and my jaw just dropping! Zool was another game I got addicted to in the early days. Thats when I discovered the mouse and started playing round with imaging programs, deluxe paint being my favorite.

I could talk forever about the Amstrad and the Amiga, I really could. We had some great times together..... As for when I got my first console, the Gameboy, thats a story for another day.  :lol:
 
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dudereno United Kingdom

  Sat, May 5th, 2007 at 10:49
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I suppose one my fondest memories as a kid was playing/programming on the ZX Spectrum. Although this wasn’t my first computer it holds a special play in my heart. I spent a good six months saving up the money to buy one from Rumblelows but it was worth every penny. There were no software bundles so I also bought Manic Miner and Trans Am to play on it. To me at the time these were ground breaking games, previously on the ZX81, games had no sound and could only display black/white images at a very crude resolution. The Spectrum had vibrant colour, It played music. It had half way decent graphics. I was instantly addicted. Manic Miner had that “one more go” appeal that gripped me straight away.

Soon I was bugging the local video shop manager for new releases. Armed with the info from C&VG, Crash and Your Sinclair. I used to badger him for games like Jet Set Willy,Sabrewulf and Monty Mole, even though the games were probably months away from hitting the selves. Looking back I guess this bloke was a shrewd business man as he told me to call round on Thursdays when the software rep used to make his call. It was great to get the games on day one and chat with the rep/manager. It was a friendly atmosphere and light years away from the impersonal service you got at the big shops like whsmiths/John Menzies. Happy days.
 
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