Play Pong, Death Race and Other Classic Games at Retro Video Game Exhibition

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Play! Game Exhibition Stage 1: The Dawn of Digital Games

Starting on October 3rd, the Visual Museum at Skipcity Sai-No-Kuni Visual Plaza in Saitama, Japan will be holding a retro video game exhibition.

The exhibition, titled “Play! Game Exhibition Stage 1: The Dawn of Digital Games”, is the first in a 3-part retrospective series on the history of video games. Covering the first digital games in the 1950s through 1982, the upcoming exhibition will give visitors a hands-on learning experience by making the games playable.

Highlights of the exhibition will include the world’s first shooting game, Spacewar! (MIT, 1962); the first arcade game, Computer Space (Nutting Associates, 1971); and influential Japanese hits like Space Invaders (Taito, 1978) and Pac-Man (Namco, 1980).

Other historically significant games appearing at the exhibition include worldwide smash hit Pong (Atari, 1972), the controversial Death Race (Exidy, 1976), Tennis for Two (Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1958), Speed Race Deluxe (Taito, 1975), Maneater (PSE, 1975), Gee Bee (Namco, 1978), Galaxian (Namco, 1979), Scramble (Konami, 1981), Space Fury (Sega, 1981), Donkey Kong (Nintendo, 1981), and Moon Patrol (Irem, 1982).

A special section of the exhibition will be set aside for playable Space Invaders and Pac-Man units in their original arcade housing. The area will also feature video interviews of Space Invaders creator Tomohiro Nishikado and Pac-Man creator Tooru Iwatani, as well as original game design documents, providing a valuable look into the start of a cultural phenomenon.

The exhibition will also have an area explaining the science of games, from how movement is controlled to the technology behind displaying images. A variety of other events are planned, including talk shows and roundtables featuring Weekly Famitsu editor Rolling Uchizawa and a variety of game writers and game-loving celebrities, as well as children’s workshops.

The exhibition will be open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with the museum closing on Mondays and for the New Year holidays. Admission is 510 yen for adults and 250 yen for children. The exhibition will run until February 28th, 2016.

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The exhibition will allow visitors to learn about the history of digital games through hands-on play.

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Space Invaders and Pac-Man
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The exhibition will explain the science behind video games.

Play! Game Exhibition Stage 1: The Dawn of Digital Games