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Game On 2.0

23 May 2015 - 3 January 2016
Late opening on Thursdays during Game On 2.0 until 8.00pm
Location: Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Game On 2.0
THIS EXHIBITION IS NOW CLOSED Included in Science Centre admission All games are free to play Suitable for all ages*

From Sonic to Samus, Mario to Minecraft, Game On 2.0 is the world’s biggest collection of playable computer games from the past 60 years.

This major international exhibition will appeal to families, school groups and people of all ages *. Come to Life to explore the vibrant history, culture and future of gaming entertainment and technology through more than 100 playable games.

Please note: Game On 2.0 games are played on their original historic equipment. Much of this is over 20 years old. We try to have all games available at all times, but their age means that at times a few may not be working. We work to repair any broken games as quickly as possible but please accept our apologies if your favourites are temporarily unavailable. If you spot a game that isn't working properly, please tell a member of staff - often they just need a quick reset.

Highlights include:


Play on consoles from the 1970s.


Enjoy the dedicated arcade games section, including Pac-Man, Virtua Fighter 2 and Donkey Kong.

The hot list

Enjoy contemporary favourites including Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 with games such as Halo 3, Wii Sports Resort and Rock Band.

What's next?

Step into the future with cutting edge technologies such as virtual reality, 3D technology and thought interface technology.

Delve into design

Dive into the design process from concept to packaging for some of the most important games of recent times: Pokémon, Spore, Uncharted, World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider and The Sims.


Explore the influence of manga and animé on computer games; films that have been influenced by and have influenced games; online gaming, music composed for games and new games technologies.

In order for everyone to fully enjoy Game On 2.0, please keep in mind:

  • No food or drink of any description can be taken into the exhibition area (including gum and water.)
  • Please remember that other people will want to play, so try not to spend too long on any exhibit.
  • Age restrictions apply to some games. Check individual exhibits for details.

Follow the links for more information before you visit:

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*Depending on the game played, age restrictions may apply.


Exhibition organised and toured by Barbican International Enterprises, London.