Art & Culture

A Massive Retro Video Games Festival Is Happening In Manchester

By Laura O'Neill

Take a riotously fun trip through the last four decades of gaming history

Power Up games festival returned to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry on July 20, bringing with it some of the most popular games from the past 40 years, from Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario.

Power UP is an annual celebration of arcade games and is a favourite among gaming aficionados and novices alike. The festival takes a riotously fun trip through the last four decades of gaming history and gives visitors the opportunity to see the evolution of ever-popular characters like Mario and Sonic. While fans of the latest tech can enjoy the section dedicated to next-gen consoles and VR.

Visitors will be able to play collaborative games, enter multiplayer competitions and play on games consoles from the Atari 2600, SNES and Dreamcast to the latest PlayStation 4, and the most popular games of the last 40 years will return to the event, including PongPacmanMinecraft and Halo.

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And organisers have announced two exciting changes to the festival for 2019. The first is that the event will run for much longer than previously, extending from two weeks to last over the whole summer holiday. Secondly, the festival will feature retro handheld consoles for the first time, including the Game Boy, Atari Lynx and Sega Game Gear.

Mark Cutmore, Head of Commercial Experiences at the Science Museum Group, said:


“We know that Power UP is one of our most popular events of the year, and with sessions selling out for the past few years we decided that a two-week run just wasn’t enough.

“So I’m delighted to announce that Power UP will be in residence for the entire summer, giving more opportunities to play than ever before.”

Photo: scienceandindustrymuseum

The festival will run until September 1. Tickets cost £7 for a 90-minute session or £12 for a half-day session. Late-night adults-only sessions will also return, with a licensed bar and food.

For more information or to book a session click here.

Also published on Medium.