Video Games Playday this weekend

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And as long as I'm updating you, here's the rest of the days I've been seriously underpromoting.

The History of Video Games exhibit is on from now until mid-December, showing at the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale (17710-56A Avenue).

This Saturday, September 25, the playday theme is 8- and 16-bit era. That means we'll be playing games on the Genesis, NES and SNES, and maybe on the Colecovision. We'll see about that. I have virtually all of the decent 4-player games for the NES, so you can look forward to trying those, especially Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road and the beloved Gauntlet II. I've got multi-player kit for the SNES too, but I can't remember which 4-player games I have, besides soccer.

I'll probably also bring along a few newer consoles to play some arcade games in emulation. Bubble Bobble in super-clear Wii-vision, anyone?

Admission is by donation, we go 1:30pm-4:30pm, and it should be fun.

The next two events are:

A History of Violence in Video Games
A lecture describing the nature of video game violence, its history, and the public response. I hope to try to get into the kinds of violence that are considered especially repellent in games. Thursday, October 14, 7:30pm-8:30pm, the cost is $5 and you must pre-register online.

Video Game Play Day: Early Days
Saturday, Nov. 27, 1:30-4:30, and we will break out the oldies: pong clones, Atari 2600, Intellivision, you bet. Warning: I own E.T. for the Atari 2600 [danger, review is NSFW, and shows actual screenshots from E.T., the worst video game ever made].