Creating videogames requires the collaboration of artists, programmers and designers, but games are only truly completed when they arrive in the player’s hands.
The controller, whether it is a joystick, a touchscreen, or a collection of buttons, is where the player connects to the game. Designing these objects affects the experience of play as much as the choices of videogame designers.
Innovations in technology and game design can shape the objects used to interact with digital spaces. I still remember the excitement when the handheld gameboy came out. I couldn't wait to get one because it meant i could sit in my room and play without being disturbed by my brother or sister. It was great to not have to play against them as this usually resulted in an argument..Plus it also meant that I could play anywhere and this was pretty mind-blowing at the time! It was also a huge improvement from our SEGA megadrive that had to be played in the living room and was a mess of wires that my mum was always moaning about (until the pet rabbit chewed through them and wrecked our chances of playing it again.)
The Player exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery explores the history of how we play games and is a trip down memory lane for many adults and teenagers alike. This exhibition is running until the 18th September. The exhibition gives you the chance to play loads of different games and even There will also be the opportunity for visitors to grab a sneak preview early of a game that is not due to be released by developers until later this year.
Entry to the exhibition is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and £10 for a family ticket (two adults, two children). To find out more about the exhibition visit www.playpk.co.uk