The world’s largest collection of playable computer games has gone on display in Newcastle.
Covering five decades of gaming technology, the exhibition dubbed Game On 2.0, features early game consoles as well as the latest virtual reality developments.
Open until November this year, the exhibition at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre aims to attract visitors with classics including Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Daytona USA.
It will also document some of the most important games of recent times, such as Mario, Pokemon, Sonic, Uncharted, World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider and the Sims.
"We think it is particularly relevant that the exhibition will travel to the North East - an area that has made an important contribution to games development," said Neil McConnon, head of Barbican International Enterprises Department who helped prepare the installation.
"The Barbican is delighted to work with Life Science Centre to stage Game On 2.0 in Newcastle. Game On 2.0 celebrates games culture in all its myriad forms.”
During the exhibition, visitors will be able to meet animators, artists, programmers and designers working in the region's gaming industry.
Linda Conlon, chief executive at Life, said: "We're very excited to be bringing this world-class exhibition to Newcastle which I'm sure will appeal to all ages. It's a delightful retrospective, tapping into nostalgia and highlighting the role gaming plays in our society today."