CLASSIC video game characters Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and the Angry Birds are set to descend on the National Museum of Scotland later this year in an exhibition that will see the venue transformed into a giant arcade.
The Game Masters exhibition will feature over 100 playable games covering a period which has seen video games evolve from a niche interest to a massively popular leisure activity, international cultural art form and a global commercial entertainment industry.
And as well as playing the games, visitors will discover more about game design and development through rare original game artwork, 2D objects and interviews with game designers.
The exhibition is split up into strands, with Arcade Heroes focussing on the seminal arcade games of the late 1970s and early 1980s and the work of pioneering designers such as Shigeru Miyamoto (Donkey Kong), Tomohiro Nishikado (Space Invaders), Ed Logg (Asteroids), and Toru Iwatani (Pac-Man).
Therer will also be a look at the games console revolution which brough video games into every home, and the exhibition will look at the work of several key designers including Yuji Naka and the team behind Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros creators Nintendo, and Blizzard Entertainment, the dcompany behind World of Warcraft.
And there will be a section exploring smaller independent deisgners and the hit games such as Angry Birds, by Rovio, Minecraft, by Markus Perrson, and Fruit Ninja, by Halfbrick.
Cherie McNair, Head of Exhibitions and Design at National Museums Scotland said: “We’re delighted to be the only European venue for this major exhibition which promises to be both hugely entertaining as well as giving context to the evolution of the design and creativity behind some of the world’s favourite games. Game Masters received a really positive reaction in Australia, and we believe it will be big draw here in Edinburgh, especially over the Christmas and Easter holidays.”
The exhibition is set to open on Friday, December 5.