The Arcade as Art ; Vintage Machines Taking Centre Stage in History of Video Games Exhibition

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The Arcade as Art ; Vintage Machines Taking Centre Stage in History of Video Games Exhibition


Walters, Sarah, Manchester Evening News


ARARE Star Wars arcade game of which only THREE remain in the country is coming to Salford in a pop up arcade.

The sit in console is part of an exhibition of playable vintage arcade games in Ready Player One - the latest interactive show from innovative visual arts group Future Artists Studios.

At their gallery on Chapel Street, there'll be more than 30 original machines which, between them, tell the history of the most important moments in arcade gaming from 1977 to 1994 - when the release of the first Playstation took high quality gaming into the home.

"We wanted to celebrate vintage gaming culture," says Future Artists Studios boss Mark Ashmore, "and look back at the first time arcade games did something.

"Space Invaders was the first game in outer space, War Of The Worlds was the first time you'd had to save the planet, the first time you explored a 3D virtual world was Elite, the very first digital character was Jumpman, who became Mario in Donkey Kong, who then became a plumber and got a brother.

"On a few of the consoles, you can see inside the backs at their working components, and see how they work.

"Some of them are 35 years old and the circuits are made out of wood!" The consoles are all on loan to the exhibition from the Arcade Club in Bury - the largest vintage arcade gaming centre in Europe and open at weekends until late for old school games enthusiasts to play and party.

"I was looking at computer games and asking, 'Is that art, is it an art form? …

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