A Special Exhibition:“GAME ON: Why are videogames so interesting?”

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This special exhibition provides an overview of the evolution of computer games, which have been advancing along with information technology, such as computers and the Internet, changing entertainment across the globe. Since it was first held at the Barbican Centre, U.K., in 2002, this exhibition has toured the world and attracted over 2 million visitors across the globe. Miraikan will bring the exhibition to Tokyo for the first time, and it will feature various original contents based on the topic of "Why are videogames so interesting?" Miraikan will invite you to think about the social and cultural meaning of computer games, which have crossed the border with reality and have had a great impact on real society, as well as to look into their future.

Over 120 masterpieces from the history of computer games can be played !

Visitors can play various game titles from the early days to the present, which are grouped into eight stages, starting from the overwhelming first stage that features precious gaming equipment and titles--including Space Invaders, a smash hit released in the 1970s--to various video game consoles and characters that fascinated the world, as well as smartphone games.

Why are videogames so interesting ?"

"How do computer games work?" "Why do we become so addicted to them?" "What tricks do developers use?" "What does gaming mean to experts?" Miraikan will explore such questions through information and movies compiled by ourselves, interviews with video game lovers among researchers and intellectuals from different fields, stories behind development, and the giant history wall.

"Games become reality, and reality becomes a game ?"

Visitors will be able to experience the virtual reality system before its release. It offers a completely new experience beyond the sense of immersion and makes players feel as if they have entered a virtual world. The exhibition will feature titles that create a new world beyond the borders of games and reality. It will allow you to have a peak at the near future of computer games.

Notice and Information Regarding the Play Tickets for PlayStation ® VR and Minecraft

- Notice -

  • Age restrictions may apply to some of the games.
  • Admission restriction and time limit may be applied.
  • Do not occupy a game machine for a long time.
  • Machines may not be available due to maintenance.
  • Taking pictures is allowed. Refrain from using tripods.
  • Bathrooms are not available in the exhibition area.
  • The ticket sales end at 4:30pm, 30 minutes before the closing time of the museum.

- Play tickets for PlayStation VR and Minecraft -

  • Play tickets are required for PlayStation ® VR and Minecraft.
  • Limited number of play tickets for PlayStation ® VR and Minecraft are available every day.
  • With one play ticket you can selected between one of the three games for PlayStation ® VR or Minecraft. (one game per person)
  • There will be waiting lines in case there are cancellations. (It will not be possible though to select the game that you will play for PlayStation ® VR)

* Players should be 12 years old and above in order to play PlayStation ® VR (play time is 3-5mins.)
* The building of Miraikan was reproduced especially for this exhibition in Minecraft. A maximum of 4 players can participate simultaneously in a treasure hunt. (15 minutes per play).
* Please note that there is a possibility for the rules above to change at any time.

"'GAME ON' After 5" on Fridays

Special Exhibition "Game On" will be extended to 20:00 on Fridays after May 13th Friday, 2016. There also will be special After 5 Ticket for entrance after 16:30.

Dates: May 13th Friday, 2016; May 20th Friday; May 27th Friday
"Game On" After 5 Ticket: Adults: 1,000 yen, 18 years old and under: 500 yen (Free admission for preschooler)
* "Game On" After 5 Ticket will be available at the ticket booth from 16:30 until 19:30.
* Day-of-performance ticket and advance ticket are also accepted for "Game On" until 20:00.
* Permanent Exhibitions will be closed at 17:00.
* Small children should be accompanied by adults.
* Play tickets for PlayStation VR for 17:00-20:00 will be given out from 16:45. (First-come-first-served basis, number of play tickets is limited. 1 play ticket for 1 "Game On" ticket.)

photo by Daici Ano


A Special Exhibition: "GAME ON: Why are videogames so interesting ?"
March 2 (Wed), 2016 - May 30 (Mon), 2016
10:00-17:00 (Entrance closes 30 minutes prior to museum closing time.)
Special Exhibition Zone 1F, Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Every Tuesday except March 29, April 5, May 3
Admission fee
Adults: 1,500 yen, 18 years old and under: 750 yen, 18 years old and under (Saturdays): 650 yen *Free admission for preschooler *Also valid for the Permanent Exhibition
Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC., KADOKAWA ASCII Research Laboratories, Inc.
Curated and produced
Barbican International Enterprises
Special sponsor
Computer Graphic Arts Society, SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd., Taito Corporation, Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS), Afrel Co.,Ltd., Intel K.K., KADOKAWA DWANGO CORPORATION, KADOKAWA CORPORATION, CAPCOM CO., LTD., KINACO, Konami Digital Entertainment Co.,Ltd., jig.jp co., ltd., Switch Science, Inc., SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD., Museum of Science,Tokyo University of Science, DWANGO Co., Ltd., Niantic, Inc., Japan Game Museum, Nintendo Co., Ltd., The Pokémon Company, Old computer and video games BEEP, Isao Yamazaki
In association with
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Digital Content Association of Japan, Association of Media in Digital, Japan Online Game Association, Digital Games Research Association Japan (DiGRA JAPAN), TOKYO WATERFRONT AREA RAPID TRANSIT, INC., TOKYO MX
The 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Cooperative Programs

Special Exhibition