Barbican Gallery have announced that they'll be hosting the very first major UK exhibition celebrating 40 years of gaming.

Game On exhibition logo

The event, which will be taking place from 16 May - 15 September 2002 at the Barbican in London, will chart the history of gaming from 1962 to 2002, and beyond - the show will also be moving on to The Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and will be based there from October 2002 until February 2003.

Over 250 exhibits will be on display, in 11 specially themed sections which focus on specific areas of gaming history, from early arcade games, to the process of games creation, and also original artwork and prototypes of the games. Machines which have changed the face of gaming including the Magnavox Odyssey, Atari VCS, ZX Spectrum and Sony PlayStation will all show how machines have changed over the years, along with gaming classics including Spacewar, Pong, Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

Barbican Gallery's resident curator Conrad Bodman told us "It will identify key creative individuals involved in software design, and explain crucial developments in hardware technology from the primitive colossal computers of the early sixties to the Gamecube. There will be some unique material and objects in the show and lots of interactive opportunities for visitors".

Atari 2600 (1977) and Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1982)

Gamers will also get the chance to experience a blast from the past with over 40 games playable. Special sections aimed at under 18s, showing artwork, handhelds and games stations from both current and historical games, plus a look at how film and music has had it's influence on computer games.

A special Game On shop will also be in operation at the event allowing gamers to snap up both retro and modern hardware, games and magazines, and a Game On book, which features authors Steven Poole (Trigger Happy) and J.C. Herz (Joystick Nation).

The exhibition's set to be a fairly magical experience for anyone who's in to games, both young and old, and further details about the Game On exhibition can be found on the Barbican Gallery website at