Game On (exhibition)

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Game On is a touring exhibition on the history and culture of computer games. The exhibition was first shown at the Barbican Centre in London in 2002, and has since been exhibited by Barbican International Enterprises to over 20 countries, where it has been seen by over 2 million people.[citation needed]

The exhibition displays notable game developments from the early sixties to the present day, from the PDP-1 in 1960 to contemporary industry releases.

It reveals the design processes behind four of the most significant games of recent times: Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon and The Sims, following these games from their initial concept to the final product design.

Over 150 playable games are available, including Donkey Kong, Pong and Rock Band, and the top ten most influential games consoles.

Game On aims to highlight the wider, global framework of gaming, exploring the influence of manga and anime on computer games, as well as the films that have been influenced by, and continue to influence computer games. The exhibition also considers online gaming, music compositions for games, and the latest game technologies.[1]


Game On 2.0[edit]

In 2010, the original show Game On was re-curated by Barbican International Enterprises to expand the original exhibition and the exhibition Game On 2.0 was produced. Game On 2.0 has been exhibited at:

Games that have been exhibited[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barbican International Enterprises – Touring Exhibitions". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Game On: The history, culture and future of computer games". Barbican. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Barbican International Enterprises – Game On". Barbican. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  4. ^ "企画展「Game On~ゲームってなんでおもしろい?」公式ホームページ". (in Japanese). Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Game on for video game history exhibit". ABC News. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  6. ^ GameOn/Games at (2013-05-20, archived)
  7. ^ "Game On 2.0 – the world's largest exhibition of computer games". (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Game On 2.0, 23 May 2015 - 1 November 2015, Location: Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne". Archived from the original on 29 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Game On 2.0 - Molto Piu' Di Un Semplice Gioco". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 19 September 2017.
  10. ^ "A Era dos Games: 'Videogames são arte', diz curador de exposição no Parque Ibirapuera". G1 (in Portuguese).
  11. ^ "Última semana da exposição "A Era dos Games" no Shopping VillageMall". Midiorama (in Portuguese).
  12. ^ a b "Game On & Game On 2.0 | Barbican".
  13. ^ "Game on / Experience 50 years of videogames". (in Dutch).

Further reading[edit]

  • King, L. ed., Game on: The History and Culture of Videogames (London, Adam AAID AIED King 1980).

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