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    I finally got to go to this exhibit yesterday on its last day. It was a lot of fun, but also disappointing in a lot of ways. Some I understand because they seemed to be focusing on creators/developers rather than just popular games.

    Summary: Start with some great arcade cabinets, all free playable. Turn the corner and there is jarring lurch to a Blizzard display, I think ICO and SOTC were right there, too, and a bunch of LEGO games. Next room has a weird hodgepodge of Sega stuff, including Virtua Fighter, and sit-down Super Hang-On and Out Run. Various games like Monkey Islands were represented. A pretty cool room for the music games: Rock Band, Sing something, and one of the Xbox dance games. Lots of people having fun there. And the last room had stuff like Rovio, Minecraft, Flow/Flower/Journey, and a cool tabletop touchscreen air-hockey/pong type game. I shot a video (link below), but it turned out pretty badly in the low light.

    Tempest was there, which I had never played on an actual cabinet before. It exceeded my high expectations. My wife really liked it, too. I managed to make the scoreboard but was knocked off before we left. Most of the scores were reset, and we were there in the morning, so I also topped Missile Command, Bee Gee, Hang On, and at least one more. I'm not very good, so it was pretty fun to actually get a chance to put in my initials. My son fell in love with Reactor, and put high scores (the only scores) on it. Other than Donkey Kong, I didn't see anything Nintendo, which was very strange. Also strange that the oldest console I saw was a Genesis. And no mention of Ralph Baer. Some of those omissions were quite odd.

    Not sure if this is a travelling thing or not. I wouldn't pay admission just for this exhibit, and fortunately it was included with Science museum entry (sometimes special exhibits cost extra there). Plus we had some free passes, so it was a great few hours on a Sunday morning.

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    -apologies for the poor quality. I was trying not to be obtrusive, so I went too quickly.

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    They have something similar at the St. Louis Science Center. It was pretty cool but could have been much much better.
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    Wish i wouldve known, I would have gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    Wish i wouldve known, I would have gone.
    I should have said something on here, I knew someone was in the area. But it only really came up on my radar last weekend when a friend mentioned it. I did have some inkling of it though, because Surly made a beer collaboration for it... they had a bar they called the 8-bit lounge or something. A bit ironic considering they didn't really have any "8-bit" game representation. I couldn't make it to the bar, though.

    Here's the link with a list of all the games. Still up for now. https://www.smm.org/gamechangers
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    20 bucks thats a lot cheaper than a con. Best thing about these events is meeting people with same interests which isnt always easy for me
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