Power UP! is back by popular demand for a second year after a successful first appearance in 2016. It is a fully interactive gaming event which features some of the most loved consoles and games from the last forty years.
In partnership with the European Gaming League (EGL), Power UP! allows gaming veterans to revisit some of the games from their past, while allowing younger gamers to see the history behind modern games. There is also a selection of modern games, including the chance to try virtual reality so there really is something for everyone.
The best thing about Power UP! is that everyone will love something different at it. Walking around I saw at least ten of my favourite games from childhood – including Hercules on the PS1 and X-men Mutant Academy PS1 – but no one else was playing them. At first, I was offended that these games weren’t getting any love but when I looked around I saw that games I’d never seen before were being played instead I realised that it was because there is something for everyone at the exhibition.
In terms of consoles, the exhibition includes pretty much everything you’d want. From modern day consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch to retro consoles such as the SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and the original educational computer, the BBC Micro. The BBC Micro has a very special place in my heart – Granny’s Garden was my very first exposure to gaming as a boy.
If hanging with the children isn’t your thing, then adult only sessions will run during the evenings of 26 and 27 of October and the exhibition will feature as part of the Science Museum’s Lates on 25 October. These sessions will also include some 18+ games that won’t be present the rest of the time including DOOM and Resident Evil.
Michelle Lockhart, Science Museum Group Commercial Director said:
“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”.
When you throw in the panels and workshops that are running as part of Power UP! it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment.
A full list of sessions and prices can be found here.