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    A blatant plug but much to my surprise I really enjoyed the history of vid games display at the Museum of Scotland (or was it the other one? they merge together) in Chambers Street, Edinburgh
    I was expecting a boring history of... but its basically loads of consoles, computers and arcade machines which you get to play. Never mind the xbox when you can play the original pong, track and field or even the hitch hikers guide (babel fish solutions on a postcard pls).
    Probably most fun if you use to hang out in arcades in the 80s or owned an Amiga/Spectrum/Atari 800.
    Runs till mid Feb.

  • #2
    This sounds really cool.....but it's in Scotland, which is a shame.

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    • #3
      If you have any information on where the exhibition is going after Edinburgh please let us know. The opportunity to prove that I have lost all my skill at Manic Miner and Phoenix would be too good to miss
      To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
      H.Poincaré

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      • #4
        Hehe get a speccy emulator.....you can play manic miner and phoenix just like they were.....colour clashing and all.

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        • #5
          Couldn't see anything about where it goes next (if anywhere) but the webpage is at

          http://www.nms.ac.uk/gameon/index.html

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          • #6
            I actually liked some of the actual exhibits, such as level design post-it notes for GTA3, and concept art from the final fantasy series.

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            • #7
              When I was in Edinburgh earlier this year, I went to the museum where the exhibition was setup. I'm not sure but is it the National (scottish) museum? not sure..

              Anyway I thought it was kinda odd that there was nearly nobody in the (FREE!!!) museum, and the Gameon exhibition was packed with little annoying kids i could hear scream throughout the entire museum!!

              I suppose you liked the exhibition simply because you could play free games etc... blah I had a look at it from above, and it didn't seem to me like there was much information about gaming except concept art and consoles


              Nah, forget all that I'm just a "culture" man and I hate to see museums empty while everybody pays for their upkeep etc, and instead ppl massively go to gaming exhibitions

              E3 etc are cool though, because there you get to see previews of games and stuff, on l33t computers
              "An archaeologist is the best husband a women can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." - Agatha Christie
              "Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis." - Seneca

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Trajanus

                E3 etc are cool though, because there you get to see previews of games and stuff, on l33t computers
                Have you been? I've always meant to go.....just never got around to it. It always looks cool though.

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                • #9
                  I have been there, with a press card (i'm not really a reporter but well, it helps when you want to see some nice gaming action muhahahah , i am evil)
                  "An archaeologist is the best husband a women can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." - Agatha Christie
                  "Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis." - Seneca

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                  • #10
                    w00t did i say there? not E3 unfortunately, that's in America and quite a long way for me to go

                    I meant ECTS in great britain , a few years ago, when it was still something decent, nowadays it's not that special anymore. Anyway in order to get such a press card you need to know a real reporter of course so you gotta be lucky!
                    "An archaeologist is the best husband a women can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." - Agatha Christie
                    "Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis." - Seneca

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                    • #11
                      So what do we have here in Britain now then?

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                      • #12
                        you mean that exhibition?


                        from what i've seen of it, several consoles with tetris, or more recent games that you can game on all day
                        "An archaeologist is the best husband a women can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." - Agatha Christie
                        "Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis." - Seneca

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                        • #13
                          I meant if ECTS has waned..........do we have any other big events here in Britain?

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                          • #14
                            ECTS is still probably the biggest event in the UK even if there seems to be less commitment from some of the big players. I also go with a press invite (and occasionally a camera crew) which seems to make everyone much more cooperative !

                            I liked the exhibition because
                            a) i got to play loads of old games from my teenage years but also...

                            b) i think anything that gets people into the musuems is a good thing and also that the curators are recognising that there's more to exhibitions than old items locked away in glass cabinets which is essentially is what a lot of the rest of the museum is.

                            The Museum of Scotland when it opened was suppose to be different and more relevant to Scotland but i was hard pressed to tell it apart from from its older counterpart.

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