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Game on 2.0 at the Ontario Science Centre invites visitors to play more than 150 titles

If you followed the earth-shattering excitement of Mirror’s Edge 2 at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, you’re probably playing the waiting game. Ease your suffering with a visit to Game On 2.0: An Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre. Game On 2.0 celebrates more than 60 years of video game entertainment, traveling back to the first coin-operated pinball arcade games and shooting deep into the future of 3D games and the rise of virtual reality. With more than150 playable games on a vast array of consoles and mediums, Game On 2.0 has everything you ever wanted to learn about the history and future of video games in an interactive arrangement. Mostly you get to play tons of video games.

Included at the exhibit are playable classic games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders but also an exploration of the making and marketing of the most successful video game franchises, such as Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, Tomb Raider and Star Wars.

Consider the impactof gaming culture and looking at crossovers like one of the biggest attractions at the exhibit is the Virtusphere, a 10-foot hollow sphere built for an incredible wireless virtual reality experience. “The giant ball on rollers keeps track of what your feet are doing and moves you accordingly in the virtual world,” according to Science Channel. “It works exactly like a track ball in a computer mouse, only 200 times bigger.”’

Wired, Digital Journal, CBC, Now Magazine all dig the exhibit. Game On 2.0 – which opened in in early March – closes on September 2, 2013.

 

Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario.

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Weekends and Holidays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$22 for adults, $16 for students with ID, $13 for kids under 12.