Okay, there is nothing really magical about video games but there is a lot of technology that has come from six decades of gaming.
In the 1950s the pinball machine came into being. Young people dropped their coins into a slot in order to flip a metal ball around a course. It was the beginning of a new experience that has touched almost every aspect of today's culture. Movies like Tomb Raider started as a game. Popular TV shows like The Big Bang Theory have characters who discuss gaming in the same way they alleviate high science.
For many of my generation Atari was the first type of computer brought into the home followed by Nintendo. The games have gotten more visibly pleasing over the years but vintage games like Pac-Man and Mario Brothers are still being played today.
The game culture has changed marketing, music and the special effects in cinema. Today's home computer allows us to visit the world and enjoy games during our down times. Social media sites like Facebook combine gaming with social interaction.
Until September 2, 2013 the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto will be hosting GameOn 2.0
with over 150 playable games spanning the history of gaming. The world's largest celebration of video games looks at the entire gaming medium, from art and entertainment to the technology that has developed over the years.
This exhibit is the perfect venue to take the kids this summer or simply relive days gone by. The older games and latest games are all available to be played freely. It's a great way to bridge generation gaps while learning in a fun environment.
Admission rates range from $13 to $22. The Ontario Science Centre, located at 770 Don Mills Road at the corner of Eglinton Avenue East, is open seven days a week from 10 am- 4 pm (until 5 on weekends and holidays).