For the next three months, don’t be surprised if you see a Game Boy beside 1910-style artifacts at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon.
The museum’s Game Changers exhibit is now open, exploring the past, present and future of video games, detailing the storyboards, level design and music development through the generations.
Education Assistant at the Western Development Museum Christine Flynn says the industry has seen major changes in the past 40 years.
She says many of the original games, like Pong or Pac Man, didn’t have much for storylines or graphics, but today, video games have evolved to contain extensive stories and characters.
There have also been changes in the way we play, such as virtual reality headsets and augmented reality, like Pokemon Go.
Flynn says it’s not just kids taking part in the exhibit. She says a few generations have taken part in video games, and many parents have been bringing their children to show them what games they played growing up.
There’s also a chance to try out about a dozen of those games, including Tetris on a giant Game Boy.
Game Changers runs in Saskatoon until April 30th.