Gaming fans of all ages will be flocking to a new free exhibition at Portsmouth Museum covering 40 years of home video games.
Game Over: The Future of the Past starts on Saturday 28 May. It's believed to be the largest single private collection of TV games, home computers and consoles on display in the UK, taking in everything from the first Pong TV game to the latest PlayStation.
Visitors can practise their retro gaming skills on a hand-picked selection of playable consoles and explore the history of the video game, with more than 100 machines on display.
An exciting programme of events will be running alongside the exhibition, including the chance to make a video-game-inspired pixel artwork with local artist Kendal James.
The show has been put together with collector and lifelong gamer Steve Lowe, founder of Game Over retro-gaming cafe in High Street, Old Portsmouth.
Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Linda Symes, said: "This is a unique exhibition that's sure to be a big success with today's gamers and anyone who has fond memories of the games and the consoles they grew up with. And it's great that it's truly local, reflecting Steve's passion for gaming."
Steve said: "I want to take people on a journey through the evolution of gaming. A couple of years ago I started visiting exhibitions and displays of gaming in the UK and realised there was nothing really out there for people interested in the history of gaming. That’s when I got the idea for both the café and the museum exhibition.
"The exhibition will be a hands-on experience that I want to appeal to veteran gamers and newbies alike. I’m hoping it’s something they want to visit again and again, but I also think there will be an element of surprise for a lot of people – they just don’t expect to find gaming in a museum.”
Steve will be on hand at the museum to chat to visitors – and anyone interested in volunteering to help with the exhibition – at the launch of the show on Saturday, between 10am and 5pm.
The museum is open 10am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday and on bank holiday Mondays.