Through August 31st, the Pacific Science Center down by the Space Needle in Seattle is running a special video games exhibit called Game On!
In an interactive environment full of sights and sounds, Game On! details the game design process, including conceptual drawing, character design and sound. The exhibit also shows how geography and culture play a role in game development by examining games that have been created in Japan, the United States and Europe. A look at advancements in gaming hardware - from the colossal computers of the early 1960s to the recent consoles such as Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2 - helps to illustrate how art and technologies work together to create amazing new experiences. Along the way, children and adults alike will be enthralled by the interactive and dynamic world of gaming as they have the opportunity to play more than 100 games that illustrate the exhibit content. That's right, play more than 100 games without dropping a single coin into the slot!
Game On! consists of over 14 areas. As guests move through the exhibit, they will discover the key creative people who make games happen, including graphic designers, concept artists, 3D modelers and engineers.
I don't believe that there could have been a more fortuitous time for this exhibit to be running.
For those of you arriving to Seattle on Thursday, this would be a highly worthy side-trip before PAX starts on Friday.
The PSC is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The cost of admission including the Game On! special exhibit is $13.