- Power UP runs until Tuesday 31 October 2017
- Tickets on sale now
The Science Museum has today launched Power UP, a hands-on and fully interactive gaming event running over half term until 31 October. This video game extravaganza is back by popular demand for a second year and features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades.
Held in partnership with leading gaming specialists European Gaming League (EGL), Power UP is packed full to the brim with 180 systems and hundreds of games for enthusiasts and beginners to get their gaming fix and game face on. From Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario, there is something to suit everyone, whether you’re a parent looking for child-friendly half term activities or a games fanatic who wants to relive the classics.
Household names PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch will sit alongside retro game-changing consoles such as the SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and the original educational computer, the BBC Micro. Visitors to Power UP can see for themselves just how far gaming culture and technology has advanced in the four decades since early games such as Pong crashed onto the scene, while PlayStation VR will be available to provide a glimpse into what the future may hold.
Several adult-only sessions will run during the evenings of 26 and 27 October and Power UP will also feature as part of the Science Museum’s Lates on Wednesday 25 October, giving friends and competitive colleagues the perfect opportunity to battle it out on 18+ favourites including DOOM, Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto.
Lates will also feature a unique celebration of the 40-year history of video games with direct insight from some of the very minds and personalities that shaped it. The Evolution of Video Games will feature panel discussions and Q&As with games industry luminaries – including Phil Harrison (formerly of Sony and Microsoft), Chris and Jason Kingsley (Rebellion) and Jon Hare (Sensible Software) – and the world premiere of footage from the forthcoming documentary The PlayStation Revolution, created by Anthony and Nicola Caulfield (Bedrooms to Billions, The Amiga Years).
Running alongside Power UP from Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 October will be Game On, an additional free workshop in which visitors will learn how to create their own games controller from everyday objects using our Makey Makey kits. When paired up with the Power UP experience, this fun and interactive workshop will give children a true insight into the technology behind the games in Power UP and put into context what a career in STEM could deliver.
Michelle Lockhart, Science Museum Group Commercial Director said “We’re delighted that we’re able to bring back Power UP to the Science Museum following a hugely successful run last year. The draw of video games really is universal and that’s reflected in what we’re offering our visitors. There is something on offer for everyone here – from parents who want to show their kids the games they grew up with, to gaming enthusiasts and retro fans who want to relive the classics.”