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Evolution of Gaming Brings Generations of Gamers Together

Aug 07, 2014 By Crissy Campbell

Gamers and non-gamers from all over Vancouver have been spending the last few days reliving the glory of old video games. The Evolution of Gaming is a retro video game exhibition that’s been running at the Centre for Digital Media since August 1st. In the first 4 days of the exhibit, over 1,000 gamers came out to play and experience retro video games from the 70s and 80s.

Unlike most art exhibits, this exhibition is hands-on with attendees getting a chance to play classic video games that have helped shaped the industry into what it is today—games that they may never have had a chance to play otherwise. These include Pack Man, Pong and Space Invaders played all on the original consoles.

Playing retro arcade games at Evolution of Gaming 

 Playing Hyper Olympic at Evolution of Gaming

Photos by Dan Fleming.

What's been most fascinating about the exhibit is the cross-generational interest.

We’ve seen 30 and 40-somethings reliving games from their youth, teenagers playing games from their parents’ generations and young kids playing games like Pong for the first time with their parents.

Jeannette Kopak, Associate Director at the Centre for Digital Media and one of the organizers of Evolution of Gaming says, "I played some of these games with my nephew when I was in my mid-twenties, now I see my generation playing with the children of his. There are grandfathers playing with both their children and their grandchildren. Just seeing that connection has made this a really worthwhile experience for me."

Mom and her son playing retro video games

Photo by Dan Fleming.

For us, the exhibit has proven that great games really are timeless. They are such an important part of our culture and because they’re so good at bringing people together, they bridge the gap between generations. 

Dad and his daughter playing retro video games

Photo by Dan Fleming.

Details About Evolution of Gaming

The Evolution of Gaming is running at the Centre for Digital Media until August 10th. The event is interactive and can take anywhere from 15 min to 2 hours to enjoy, depending on how many games you want to play. There are 3 time slots available per day. The event is free to attend but you must register to secure a spot. The afternoons and evenings have been very busy, so we suggest registering for a morning timeslot if you want to avoid the crowds. For more details and to register visit evolutionofgaming.ca.

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