Power UP @ Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

Power UP is a video games event running at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (Twitter: @msimanchester) between the 3rd and 19th August 2018. The official website for the event is https://www.msimanchester.org.uk/whats-on/power-up

Power UP celebrates video games by allowing visitors to play video games from over the past 40 years. I visited this week with my son to take in the nostalgia and experience some of the retro games that I didn’t get to play the first time around either because I’m too young or because I had a rival console (playground console wars!).

In all honesty, my son preferred the more modern games and I fell into the lure of the games I played when I was younger. Replaying Aladdin on the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis for the US fans), Starwing (Starfox outside Europe) on the Super Nintendo (Super Famicon in Japan) and Castle of Illusion on the Sega Master System brought back lots of memories.

However the best of the day was playing retro multiplayer games; Super Bomberman (Super Nintendo), Mario Kart (Super Nintendo), Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64), Street Fighter II (Super Nintendo) and Micro Machines 2 (Sega Mega Drive) all provided a healthy dose of local multiplayer fun.

Seeing how games have developed over the years is impressive. Simpler graphics and unforgiving simple gameplay have given way to more complex graphics and games that try more to tell a story or deliver a narrative than just provide a quick high score fix.

Whilst at the Museum of Science and Industry make sure to take a look at their Baby replica. Baby, also known as the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine was the first computer to store and run a program. The official website for Baby is https://www.msimanchester.org.uk/whats-on/meet-baby

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