Find out about video games at exhibition this half term

ANYONE who is Megadrive mad or Playstation potty is in for a real treat at Woodhorn this half term.

A video game exhibition chronicling the best of British videogaming from the very early days right up to the present is open now at the Ashington museum.

The exhibition, which runs until September, offers a hands-on approach to learning about the development of the games and the industry.

With close to 40 games to play including Jet Set Willy, Ferrari Challenge and Lego Star Wars, there’s a lot to keep gaming fans occupied as well as learning about the history, the design and the individuals involved.

Visitors can find out how videogaming all started and see and experience for themselves how the crude graphics of the early games have given way to the close-to-cinematic quality images of today. They can hear from some of the game designers including some from the North East, about their experiences, read about how they got into game design, listen to interviews and watch them on screen as they talk about their groundbreaking games.

Woodhorn director Keith Merrin said: “Videogame Nation is a fantastic show for the whole family. It is very much a hands-on exhibition that should entertain and engage everyone. It’s a great opportunity for the younger generation to show off their skills and even teach grandparents how to play.“

For many parents the bedroom shelves in our display will take them back to their teen years with old machines, games and publications, and of course parents will thoroughly enjoy talking about their childhood. The exhibition should even satisfy today’s teenagers.”

Videogame Nation runs at Woodhorn until September 5 and full details of opening times and admission is available at www.experiencewoodhorn.com