The London Science Museum Goes Retro Gaming

The London Science Museum Goes Retro Gaming


The London Science Museum will host Power UP, a celebration of forty years of electronic gaming

Computing has come a long way since I was a small child. I remember seeing the evolution of computers as I grew up with the different machines I owned.

It started with a Sinclair ZX81, monochrome block graphics and no sound.

Then I owned a Commodore VIC20. Just my second computer was a revelation, I now had color and sound.

This personal computing timeline continues all the way to the present day with my current machine, a Sony PlayStation 4.

However, not everyone is as old as me. Our children are growing up with iPads and tablets, unaware that the technology we used for gaming is outmatched by their devices a million of times over.

To show them what came before, maybe you could take them to Power UP at the London Science Museum.

This event running from Friday 20th to Tuesday 31st of October is celebrating forty years of gaming with 180 consoles on display for you to play some classic titles.

That’s a lot of consoles and a lot of gaming. In fact, there’s far too many to list here but luckily the London Science Museum has got that sorted. Click here to see the full list of consoles and games you’ll be able to play on.

To prevent overcrowding, this is a ticket only event and sessions are limited to ninety minutes. If you’re willing to pay a little more, three-hour sessions are also available.

You can find the full details over at the London Science Museum.



180 consoles. 40 years of gaming. Game on.

Get down to the Science Museum this half term to catch Power UP, back by popular demand for a second year. We’re filling a whole area of the museum to the brim with retro games and over 180 consoles to give everyone the chance to Power UP and game on.

This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event will feature the best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone—whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to get competitive with your family.

Play against friends and family with multiplayer showdowns, relive your childhood favourites and test out some of the latest virtual reality experiences at this ultimate gaming extravaganza.

Will you make it onto our leaderboard?



John Abbitt

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