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Video Game History Exhibit Open In Boston

Gamers always complain that the industry doesn't get enough legitimate recognition amongst the mainstream public, but times are changing. According to IGN, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Economic Adventure Gallery is currently offering an interesting and interactive exhibit on the history of video games. It's called, "Video Games Evolve: A Brief History from Spacewar! to MMORPGs," and the exhibit examines the roots of the industry over the past 45 years. And remember, New England played a central role in the advancement of video games.

Most will agree that the very first video game was Spacewar!, which appeared at MIT in 1962. Ten years later, Magnavox released the first commercial game console, the Odyssey, which was designed by New Hampshire resident Ralph Baer. This exhibit will boast a simulation of Spacewar! and attendees will also be able to relive the "Golden Age" of gaming by playing early '80s arcade classics like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong. The exhibit clearly isn't only for gamers, but for anyone interested in the advancement of technology in general.

"This is a wonderful exhibit not only for video game lovers, but for anyone who wants to know how science, technology, and art come together to form an industry," said Dr. Peter Raad, Executive Director of The Guildhall at SMU.

The exhibit will follow through a timeline that includes the evolution of the home gaming console, plus a detailed look at the motion-capture process, which most modern gamers are familiar with. The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University, one of the country's leading education centers for digital game development, generously provided a few three-dimensional sculptures of creatures used to generate and produce animations. As you progress through the timeline, you'll end up with a look at current titles like Star Wars Galaxies, the virtual reality world of Second Life, and the uber-popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The entire exhibit is part of a larger initiative; an interactive educational designed to teach middle- and high-school students "how New England's improved living standards are reliant upon innovation, which leads to advances in productivity."

This exhibit is open Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and will run through January. It is free to attend, so if you're in the area, you've got to check it out.

10/29/2007 Ben Dutka

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