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Retro Gaming Day


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Lee, Clemens Mill | August 1, 2017

Retro Gaming, Old School Gaming, Classic Gaming; who doesn’t love revisiting the nostalgia and simplicity of the video game industry’s early days? I remember when my cousins were lucky enough to get an Atari gaming system back in the mid-1980’s, and we played endless marathon sessions of Pong table tennis on an old, black and white, cathode ray tube television for an entire summer. It was awesome!

Not long after Pong’s release came PacMan (followed closely by Ms. PacMan), and Donkey Kong, and Tetris, and Street Fighter, and The Legend of Zelda, and Q*bert, and Duck Hunt… the list goes on! Then the floodgates opened as Nintendo and Sega and PlayStation exploded, unleashing the Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, and Crash Bandicoot on the world. These console gaming systems revolutionized the gaming industry and paved the way for the incredible advancements in digital gaming that we get to enjoy today.

It’s hard to believe that it has been over 30 years since Radio Shack and Commodore and Microsoft and Apple burst onto the scene and became household names, but it was these companies and ideas that have made the technology we use today so accessible. Idea Exchange now has Virtual Reality gaming systems, an Xbox, a PS4, a circulating video game collection, and a wealth of other gaming-related technologies for you to enjoy as a direct result of the work that was done by yesterday’s visionaries.

So, we invite you to come down to our Queen’s Square branch for our Retro Gaming Day on Saturday August 19  to experience the history of video games from Pong to Plants vs Zombies with our interactive retro gaming exhibit powered by The Personal Computer Museum. Shoot a duck, race a princess, skate or die… #getyourgameon