Organizers of the recently updated
Game On exhibition, aimed at illustrating the history of video games as well as exhibiting art inspired by the industry, have announced that a series of weekly talks, presentations, lectures and debates will begin November 1, 2006. The events will take place at London's Science Museum's Dana Centre, and will continue throughout the exhibition's run until February 2007.
Confirmed presenters for the event series include Kuju Studios' producer Nicolas Rodriguez, who will offer a presentation titled “Dancemats and Joysticks: Who's playing now?” covering the increasing variety of ways in which users interact with games, and Eidos Interactive's Ian Livingstone, who will present a retrospective titled “Ten Years of Lara”, looking back on iconic Tomb Raider
star Lara Croft.
Other speakers include Frontier Development's David Braben, who will talk about the evolution of game development, including his experiences working on the classic game Elite
as well as new titles like The Outsider
, and Nottingham Trent University's Professor Mark Griffiths, who will present “Gaming in Mind”, asking if video games represent a new way to learn and interact in the increasingly digital world.
“It is very exciting to see how important gaming has become when the cultural and technological developments are so hotly debated and discussed,” commented event organizer Gaetan Lee. “The special events presented here at the Science Museum will give people a unique opportunity to look at these developments and how gaming has really come of age.”
The Game On exhibition demonstrates over three decades of video games across all formats and, despite inevitable complaints over omissions and unnecessary inclusions, proved popular with visitors and industry figures alike. More information on the event can be found at the Science Museum’s official website