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Game On Miraikan, Odaiba (Great Fun For Video Game Lovers)

My tween son and I attended the Game On Miraikan Exhibit to learn the history of video games over the past 60+ years and have some great gaming fun. The Game On exhibit is running until May 30, 2016, so drop in with or without the Game On Mirakankids if you love video games.

Miraikan is a great science and technology museum with a great permanent exhibit on the 2nd and 3rd floor. The Special Exhibit for “Game On: Why are video games so interesting?” is on the 1st floor of the museum. Arrive very IMG_4799early in the morning to get a ticket to try the VR (virtual reality games). By 11:00 the tickets wee for time slots at 14:00 – 15:00 when we attended. The IMG_4808exhibit is still super fun, even if you do not get to play the VR games, but is, even more, fun if you can get a ticket. The exhibits are set up from the original “Brown Box” video game from 1951 through VR from Sony today. Key highlights were one of the original DEC computers the size of a small car, Virtual reality Game Onand many handheld game machines we used int eh 1970-1980s. Many of the arcade and original home video games touch and play.

An awesome exhibit to learn the history of game development in the context of history. Great for tweens, teens and adults.IMG_4800

A Special Exhibition:“GAME ON: Why are videogames so interesting?”

Information from the Exhibit’s website.

IMG_4813This special exhibition provides an overview of the evolution of computer games, which have been advancing along with information technology, such as computers and the Internet, changing entertainment across the globe. Since it was first held at the Barbican Centre, U.K., in 2002, this exhibition has toured the world and attracted over 2 million visitors across the globe. Miraikan will bring the exhibition to Tokyo for the first time, and it will feature various original contents based on the topic of “Why are videogames so interesting?” Miraikan will invite you to think about the social and cultural meaning of computer games, which have crossed the border with reality and have had a great impact on real society, as well as to look into their future.

IMG_4811Over 120 masterpieces from the history of computer games can be played !

Visitors can play various game titles from the early days to the present, which are grouped into eight stages, starting from the overwhelming first stage that features precious gaming equipment and titles–including Space Invaders, a smash hit released in the 1970s–to various video game consoles and characters that fascinated the world, as well as smartphone games.

Why are videogames so interesting ?”

“How do computer games work?” “Why do we become so addicted to them?” “What tricks do developers use?” “What does gaming mean to experts?” Miraikan will explore such questions through information and movies compiled by ourselves, interviews with video game lovers among researchers and intellectuals from different fields, stories behind development, and the giant history wall.

“Games become reality, and reality becomes a game ?”

Visitors will be able to experience the virtual reality system before its release. It offers a completely new experience beyond the sense of immersion and makes players feel as if they have entered a virtual world. The exhibition will feature titles that create a new world beyond the borders of games and reality. It will allow you to have a peak at the near future of computer games.

Notice and Information Regarding the Play Tickets for PlayStation ® VR and Minecraft

– Notice –

  • Age restrictions may apply to some of the games.
  • Admission restriction and time limit may be applied.
  • Do not occupy a game machine for a long time.
  • Machines may not be available due to maintenance.
  • Taking pictures is allowed. Refrain from using tripods.
  • Bathrooms are not available in the exhibition area.
  • The ticket sales end at 4:30pm, 30 minutes before the closing time of the museum.

– Play tickets for PlayStation VR and Minecraft –

  • Play tickets are required for PlayStation ® VR and Minecraft.
  • Limited number of play tickets for PlayStation ® VR and Minecraft are available every day.
  • With one play ticket you can selected between one of the three games for PlayStation ® VR or Minecraft. (one game per person)
  • There will be waiting lines in case there are cancellations. (It will not be possible though to select the game that you will play for PlayStation ® VR)

* Players should be 12 years old and above in order to play PlayStation ® VR (play time is 3-5mins.)
* The building of Miraikan was reproduced especially for this exhibition in Minecraft. A maximum of 4 players can participate simultaneously in a treasure hunt. (15 minutes per play).
* Please note that there is a possibility for the rules above to change at any time.

Game On Miraikan Details
Dates: until May 30
Time of event: 10:00 – 17:00 Daily. Closed on Tuesday except 3/29, 4/5 and 5/3.
Cost: Adults: 1,500 yen, 18 years old and under: 750 yen, 18 years old and under (Saturdays): 650 yen *Free admission for preschooler
Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/gameon/
Address: Special Exhibition Zone 1F, Miraikan,  2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (〒135-0064 Tokyo, 江東区Aomi, 2−3−6)
Phone: 03-3570-9151
Access: Tokyo Waterfront New Transit YURIKAMOME: 5 minute walk from “Fune-no Kagakukan station” /4 minute walk from “Telecom Center station”

Game On Miraikan, Odaiba

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