Power in your hands


Harefield Gazette - - IN PICTURES -

THE Sci­ence Mu­seum has launched a fully in­ter­ac­tive video game pop-up to run through half-term to cel­e­brate the past 40 years of the in­dus­try.

Set up in part­ner­ship with the Euro­pean Gam­ing League, Power UP has been stacked full with 180 gam­ing con­soles and hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent video games to try their hand at.

Whether you’re a mil­len­nial gamer who can’t see past the lat­est Plays­ta­tion and Xbox of­fer­ings or a fan of clas­sics on the SEGA Dream­cast, SNES and even the orig­i­nal ed­u­ca­tional com­puter, the BBC Mi­cro, there is some­thing for you.

POWER UP al­lows vis­i­tors to see and feel how far gam­ing tech­nol­ogy has come in the last four decades since games like Pong took young­sters by storm, all the way to fu­tur­is­tic Plays­ta­tion VR of­fer­ings.

While the ex­hi­bi­tion is suitable for chil­dren, the South Kens­ing­ton mu­seum is also hold­ing adult-only ses­sions on Thurs­day (Oc­to­ber 26) and Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 27) as well as dur­ing the late ses­sion on Wed­nes­day (Oc­to­ber 25). The adult-only ses­sions will see 18+ games like Res­i­dent Evil and DOOM in­cluded and friends and col­leagues can bat­tle it out just like the good old days.

The lates fea­ture pan­els on the his­tory of gam­ing as well as the world pre­miere of footage from forth­com­ing doc­u­men­tary, The PlayS­ta­tion Rev­o­lu­tion. Those more in­ter­ested in the cre­ation of video games can take part in Game On, an ad­di­tional free work­shop in which vis­i­tors will learn how to cre­ate games con­trollers us­ing ev­ery­day ob­jects.

Michelle Lock­hart, Sci­ence Mu­seum group com­mer­cial direc­tor, said “We’re de­lighted that we’re able to bring back Power UP to the Sci­ence Mu­seum fol­low­ing a hugely suc­cess­ful run last year.

“The draw of video games re­ally is uni­ver­sal and that’s re­flected in what we’re of­fer­ing our vis­i­tors. There is some­thing on of­fer for ev­ery­one here – from par­ents who want to show their kids the games they grew up with, to gam­ing en­thu­si­asts and retro fans who want to re­live the clas­sics.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to book tick­ets for lates visit the mu­seum’s web­site www.sci­ence­mu­seum.org.uk/see-anddo/power-up. Power UP is run­ning through­out half-term un­til Tues­day Oc­to­ber 31.


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