Yes! I finally went to “Game On”, an exhibition onvideo games which allows visitors to play their way through the history of the videogames. Awesome! hehehe
First up, I wasn’t supposed to go today. I was supposed to go shopping but anyway… Game On! I didn’t really feel like going to Game On today cause it’s still school holidays and the place would most likely be filled with families and kids. Irregardless. I went into the state library trying to find the ticket counter, hahah silly me… and was ready to pay $18 but it was only $12, heheh thank goodness for concession tickets. I used the $6 saved, on food later on in the day.
My $12 Game On Ticket
There are 2 floors for the “exhibition” the first floor is the older games, which are mostly the stand up arcade like ones probably found back in the 90’s? Games like Street Fighter, Mario, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Ms Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Pong and a lot of those shooter games, the ones where you control a plane and go round shooting enemy planes for what purpose I have no idea.. lol. There was a lemming game but I was trying to figure out how to play it so I skipped that, I played most of the plane shooting games. I couldn’t play street fighter cause it feels pretty sad playing that alone… lol I also didn’t play those that projected the game to a huge screen cause I didn’t want people to see how bad I was at playing.. LOL
Donkey Kong was actually pretty interesting, haha never payed that before… seriously! Anyway the first floor was like an arcade found in the olden days, seriously if it wasn’t an exhibition I would probably be slotting in coins into the arcade machine and came out broke.
Anyway, time for the second floor. The second floor is the more modern games, where game consoles come in. This is where it gets interesting. Game consoles include nintendo, PS, sega and PC. I was gaming for some Prince of Persia, I remembered liking it when I was really young, but I had no idea how to fight back the knife wielding bad guy that kept killing me…
There were also more plane shooter games which were still hard to play… LOL. Oh! there was this really interesting train game that had all the instructions in Japanese… hahah, of course there were guides on how to begin playing a game. The train game let you be the driver of a train. Frankly speaking I kept missing the train station… hahahah I stopped at 2 platforms and let the kid who was laughing at my ineptness at being a train driver take over.
U know it is the history of video games when you see “The Secret of Monkey Island”! Seriously it was there, I could even play it! Of course the graphics were so 1990, but it was still pretty incredible. What is the history of games without “Doom” huh? Frankly speaking, the monsters in “Doom” still look very ugly and terrifying *shudder*. Another interesting game was “A Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, even if it was from 1989 *a good 20 years ago*, the program was doggone intelligent! I spent a good amount of time going round the exhibition area to check if the guy playing the game was done with it. It’s quite a hard game if you don’t know what to do. Watching the movie helped I thing, if U remember everything that happened that it… hahahah U can play the game here.
The second floor had Nintendo Wii, Sega, Sony PS, all kinds of older nintendo and a few PC’s. Ooo ooo, there was the sims on PS too, but I didn’t play that cause I found it tough to control. They had Max Payne and Tony Hawk too, but i skipped those cause there were always people there and besides, I played Max Payne before.. nyahahah. Oh there was Lara Croft as well. Not to mention Jak & Dax, the dance machine and various sport games. There was this really interesting Japanes simulation game which I didn’t play as well, cause someone was always there too… ahhaha
I left when I couldn’t stand the grumbling of my stomach. Darn! Plus the air conditioning was quite cold. Brrr…
I could go back in but it was already 3:30 ish when I left, it closes at 5, so bye bye game on. It was pretty fun, going through games that I remember playing with my brother and bothering my dad for more coins. I didn’t play some cause it was either a 2 player game or I knew won’t like it like most of the one person shooter games.. hahah Oh there was a pokemon game too… hahahah
Overall, I wouldn’t mind going back again. the next time I would bring someone and play longer.. hahaha
Ooo the exhibition was at the Queensland State Library which is at Brisbane’s Cultural Centre. Frankly one can spend a day or 2 here, visiting the art gallery, which I stumbled into and turned out to be much colder than the “Game On” exhibition, but it was huge, there’s also the modern art gallery, the library is between the 2 galleries…
Well, today was pretty fun gaming, now time to play some Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy… hahaha Cheerios!