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Centre for Life to host video game exhibition celebrating 50 years of gaming

The exhibition will allow visitors to play up to 150 video games. Credit: PA Images

The Centre for Life in Newcastle is to hold an exhibition celebrating the history and evolution of video games.

Game On 2.0 is set to take place on Saturday 25 May. It will explore the past 50 years of computer gaming through more than 150 playable games.

It's hoped the event can help encourage a future generation of video game developers and boost the region's technology sector.

Linda Conlon, chief executive of Life, said: "Game On 2.0 is one of the most popular exhibitions ever held at Life and we're excited to bring it back to help inspire the next generation of developers in the region.

"The video game industry is fast-changing, so new games have been added to the exhibition, making this reboot even better than its previous incarnation."

Video gaming is a growing sector in the UK and the North East employs thousands of people to work in gaming industries.

Chi Onwurah, Labour Newcastle Central MP, said the North East was well positioned to continue its gaming growth.

A growing industry needs plenty of skills, and the North East has the highest proportion of students studying STEM subjects in the UK. Gaming's growth is creating real jobs and supporting our regional economy, and I want to see it grow stronger and faster and attract talented young people from more diverse backgrounds.

– Chi Onwurah, Newcastle Central Labour MP

Neil McConnon, head of Barbican International Enterprises, which has organised the exhibition, said: "Gaming has been a vital ingredient in the North East's culture and industry since Pong and Space Invaders first arrived in the UK.

"We are very pleased to bring the updated Game On 2.0 exhibition back to Life Science Centre and share the history and future of gaming with generations of fans, new and old."