Friday, 29 July 2016

POWER UP at the Science Museum

I admit that my kids know more about computers, games and technology than I do. Maybe it’s a generational thing but maybe it’s because everything now requires a certain amount of tech know how and they teach so much more of it in schools.
So when I was invited to the Science Museum’s launch of its Power Up gaming event I knew they’d jump at it.
For anyone aged over five and remotely interested in gaming, Power Up is a chance to go console crazy as it features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past 40 years. 
What’s great is that it’s wholly interactive as everything on display can be touched and played with and whether you are a beginner or a total pro there is something fully operable and available to play on.
Right from the tennis game on the old Atari and Amstrad computers through to the latest Next Gen consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One with games such as Minecraft I guarantee you will be spoiled for choice.
As soon as we stepped inside I knew I’d lost them - they were off, navigating their way around the banks of computers and screens like pros in a bid to find the best games - not just their favourites but experience the ones “from the olden days”.
For those who are somewhat older, it was a chance to go down memory lane and come face to face with the games and machines that were around when we were kids - and check out the ones that came along before and after.
So alongside the Ataris, SEGA and Nintendos were games such as pacman, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Brothers, Batman and Minecraft. In fact there are more than 160 systems to play with and hundreds of games.
It is a totally brilliant idea - and highlights just how far and fast gaming culture has developed over the past 40 years.
Not only that it allows people to experience science, technology and maths up close in a fun rather an an overtly educational way.
So if the weather is not so great and you are a gaming nut, then I’d totally booking a ticket. The only downside is that it has a limited run - until August 7 so get in quick!

Power Up runs at the Science Museum until Sunday, August 7. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6.50 for children. Visit for full listings.

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