Miraikan: GAME ON Exhibit

We were lucky to get the opportunity to visit GAME ON: Why are Video Games so interesting exhibit at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in April 2016. Miraikan was just a short walk from Tokyo DiverCity, home of the 1:1 scale Gundam and Gundam Front, making it easy to find and get to.

Admission to the exhibit cost ¥1,500 which included admission to the museum as  well.  Once inside the museum, we followed the signs to the special exhibit hall. The hall was sectioned off and labeled like video game levels, with each next section/level being the next era of video games. The exhibit signs were in Japanese and English explaining the hardware and games on display. They skipped no part of the history of electronic gaming including playable demo stations of everything from a Lunar Lander arcade cabinet to World of Warcraft. Almost all of the games were playable on their native console and platform and it felt like close to 100 available.

They had other ticketed events within the exhibit. One was being able to explore the museum recreated in Minecraft and the other was to demo Playstation VR. We passed on both but watched those participating as we enjoyed playing the vintage options on obscure systems.

If you have the opportunity, it is well worth the admission to get to see all of video game history in one place. It did seem that the exhibit could be moved to other locations, which makes me hope it tours to other locations.