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Game On at Game Masters

13 April 2015

Game Masters at the National Museum of Scotland showcases the work of over 30 leading video game developers and features more than 100 playable games. To get the inside scoop on this incredible, interactive exhibition we sent local gamer Sam Heney along to give us an idea of what to expect.

Sam: Earlier this month I went to the National Museum of Scotland's Game Masters exhibition with a friend. We got there for the opening time so we would have a good chance of choosing what we wanted to see. I'm not typically the type of person to visit museum exhibits and neither is my friend but this looked cool so we thought we'd give it a go.

We were led upstairs into an LED lined escalator which exited at the entrance of the exhibit. As you walk in you are greeted by at least 10 different arcade machines along the entrance corridor. Ranging from 'Donkey Kong' to 'Asteroids' this was a really great way to immediately get you into the mood for gaming. My friend and I played two player Donkey Kong for a little too long.

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When you finally make your way through the retro rallies the exhibition opens up into a big room with loads of different games and consoles at your disposal. There was so much to be sucked in by and you could just hop on in and play on any one of them. Me and my friend played 'Diablo III' for ages before finally moving on to the next section.

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After a few more arcade cabinets you arrive at a 'Singstar' booth, a 'Rockband' booth and a 'Just Dance' booth, the latter being the biggest and most attractive. We aren't really singers and are pretty terrible dancers so we decided to have a crack at Rockstar. I played guitar while my friend played drums and it was loads of fun despite the fact we were both awful. We pretty much failed the two songs that we attempted but we rocked out hard and had a blast doing it.

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Next we arrived at a section of retro PC games. With a few LucasArts features and a Peter Moleneux section, we found this surprisingly fun considering we're much more familiar console gaming. We played the first 'Deus Ex' game for a while before spending about 20 minutes trying (and failing) to build a house in 'Sims'. After eventually creating a survivable habitat for our Sims we moved on.

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The final area of the exhibit was dedicated to where gaming is at now. With 'Castle Crashers', 'Minecraft' and even a game from some Dundee called 'Glitchspace' it was clearly a reference to how indie games are taking over the modern scene. We messed around there for a while and had a go at all of the games on display.

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Overall Game Masters was a great showcase of how video games and computer games have adapted and changed through out recent times. I really enjoyed this blast to the past and found it really engaging and interesting the whole way through. Whether you're Gamer or not, there's plenty of things for people of all skill levels to have a go at so I'd definitely recommend going along to Game Masters while you can.

Sam's Top Tips:
-Try to get there early if you can as it'll shorten your wait for the games you really want to play
-Give yourself at least a couple of hours to explore the exhibition, it's really easy to lose track of the time when you get sucked into the games
-Bring a friend so you can play all of the co-op games on display too.

Game Masters at the National Museum of Scotland is open until 20th April 2015. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £.6.50 for children. Family tickets are also available, visit the National Museums Scotland website for full details. The exhibition tends to be busy at weekends and during school holidays so advance booking is recommended.