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An object sits under a glass case inside the Game On exhibition space.
Game On


Exhibition organised and toured by Barbican Art Gallery which is owned and funded by the City of London Corporation.

Game On

Mar 6 - July 13 2008

Game On traces the technology behind the incredible pace of development in 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.

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  • An action-packed celebration of games culture that has thrilled over one million players of all ages around the world.

    Game On traces the development of 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. 

    Original illustrations by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and concept sketches behind classics like Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto provide unique insight into the creative process of game development. Rarely-seen consoles, controllers, arcade machines, packaging and collectables are brought together in a showcase of game history like no other.


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