Minecraft Entrepreneur Launches Perth’s PLAYER Exhibition
Scottish videogame entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl has taken a trip down memory lane this Thursday as he launched Culture Perth & Kinross’ latest interactive exhibition, developed in conjunction with the University of Abertay, Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life, at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.
Normally at the forefront of technology in his role as Chairman of Dundee based 4J Studios, developers of Minecraft: Console Edition, Van der Kuyl took a walk back in time at the launch where he had the chance to play with consoles throughout history, from the seminal Space Invaders, to the Nintendo Gameboy, to the Sega Megadrive.
“To see the history of console gaming in one room is incredibly exciting for anyone involved in this industry – like many I grew up playing with many of the consoles featured, and these games were the foundations of an industry that is now worth almost £100 billion annually. The fact that gamers of all ages will have a chance to play on these consoles is even more fun. It’s a definite summer holiday destination for all the family.”
The exhibition, which will run from July 7th – September 18th 2016, is the latest to be launched by the recently formed Culture Perth & Kinross. The interactive exhibition will celebrate the latest trends in digital play and the evolution of videogames, from the 1988 Spectrum to today’s PS4, and will explore how people interact with video games. The exhibition features a catalogue of consoles for visitors, from passionate gamers to videogame novices, to play with including Duck Hunt, Sega Rally and the award-winning concept-game Line Wobbler. There will also be the opportunity for visitors to grab a sneak preview early of a game that is not due to be released by developers until later this year.
Culture Perth & Kinross are expecting the exhibition to attract gamers from all over the country to experience the exhibition’s interactive journey and enjoy Perth’s wider cultural offering.
Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, commented:
“We are incredibly excited that Chris is joining us to reveal Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life – he’s a truly inspirational gaming entrepreneur, and we’re excited to learn more about his vast experience of the video-gaming industry and which of the consoles influenced him most as his career developed.
“Video-gaming is a massively popular entertainment platform that is enjoyed universally by people all over the world, and we hope our interactive exhibition will capture the imagination and entice people, locally and across the country, to ‘come and play’.”
Entry to the exhibition is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and £10 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).