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Console gaming has been a part of my life since I was about six years old and first laid my paws on a copy of Sonic & Knuckles. Since then I’ve played countless video games; everything from first person shooters and platformers to life simulation games and JRPGs (the latter of which I have spent hundreds of childhood hours on). Yes, I admit it. I’m just a bit of a geek.

There’s never really been a proper cultural appreciation of console and arcade gaming in the region, but that’s about to change as Newcastle’s Centre For Life are gearing up to celebrate everyone from Sonic to Samus and Mario to Minecraft in Game On 2.0.

For the newest generation of console gamers there’ll be enough to keep you entertained, with everything from Halo and Rock Band to Wii Sports Resort on offer. But for me, this exhibition is all about the retro-ware. The exhibition will offer gaming nerds like me the opportunity to play some of the first console games from the 1970s, as well as arcade classics such as Donkey Kong, Pac Man and Virtua Fighter. There’s also a chance to dive into the mysterious world of game design – taking in everything from concept to packaging – as the exhibition takes a deeper look at some of the most important and revolutionary games of recent times, including Pokemon, Uncharted, World of Warcraft and The Sims. Prepare to be bowled over by the changes in technology and delighted by some childhood classics. Just don’t blame us for any potential thumb injuries.

Game On 2.0 is at Centre For Life, Newcastle between Saturday 23rd May and Sunday 1st November.

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