Blockbuster video game exhibitions rarely inspire me to think critically about games. My opinion was confirmed upon visiting the Ontario Science Centre in 2013 to see Game On 2.0. Especially in respect to how the Pokémon franchise was incorporated into an exhibition covering over 60 years of gaming history. This logistically complex touring exhibition was organized by the Barbican Centre and perhaps is still the world’s largest touring exhibition on the evolution of video games.
Laid out in a loose chronological order and organized into 14 distinct sections, the expansive exhibit features more than 150 playable games. Game On 2.0 tracks the development of video games from the earliest computer games to arcade-era hits – including pinball games – as well as rarely-seen consoles, controllers and collectables.