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Power Up games exhibit returns to Science Museum next month

The Science Museum in London will host the Power Up “game show” over the Easter holidays to introduce visitors to the history of gaming.

The event will kick off on Tuesday, April 2 and feature over 160 consoles with hundreds of games. Visitors of all ages can explore the history of gaming with interactive experiences ranging from early consoles such as Binatone or Atari 2600 to modern platforms such as PlayStation and Xbox.

Power Up will have adult-only nights on April 6, 12, and 13, where fans can purchase drinks and take part in a Halo strong test. There will also be a special edition of the adults-only evening on April 27, which will feature talks, workshops and activities exploring the science of play.

For families, Power Up will offer Early Birds. These morning sessions will be sensory and relaxed for those who benefit from a quieter environment.

Power Up will also coincide with the 30th anniversary of Mario Kartand multiple versions of the kart driver will be available, ranging from SNES to Wii.

Mario Kart 8. Credit: Nintendo

Alistair Otto, Associate Business Manager of the Science Museum Group, said on the event’s website: “This year, the iconic arcade game pong celebrates its fiftieth anniversary and at Power Up, visitors will get a hands-on experience of how video games have evolved over the ensuing decades.

He went on to add, “Video games are an engrossing combination of storytelling, technological advancements and thrill-seeking; this interactive experience offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to discover the possibilities of gaming technology, the evolution of game design but above all to have fun!

Tickets are available now and cost £10 for adults, £9 for seniors and £8 for concessions and children. Evening sessions will cost £14, while early bird sessions will cost £5.

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