Giant Tetris and Pac-Man Battle Royale Added to Video Game Exhibit at National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

August 3, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Giant Tetris and Pac-Man Battle Royale Are Newest Additions to Video Game Exhibit at The Strong's National Museum of Play

Tetris anyone? Challenge yourself to new versions of two of the most popular video games of all time—Giant Tetris and Pac-Man Battle Royale—now available for play in the National Museum of Play’s eGameRevolution® exhibit. 

Humongous joysticks beckon you to play the biggest game of Tetris you’ve ever seen. Giant Tetris is only one of 10 produced commercially by Sega and is believed to be the only example of its kind in North America. The action is played on a 47” LCD monitor and can be played by a single person, or competitively, by two players. The huge red and green joysticks move the pieces right, left, up, and down. So, let the tetrominoes fall! (To see Giant Tetris in action, check out this link : http://bit.ly/r3bVpW.

The original Pac-Man Battle Royale game has been given a whole new twist with Pac-Man Battle Royale—the first four-player competitive Pac-Man arcade game. Created in honor of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, this new version allows players to eliminate their opponents by gobbling them up. The last Pac-Man standing wins the round!  At the end of the game, statistics are displayed for each player.

The Giant Tetris and Pac-Man Royale games are fun additions to all of the other interactive elements in eGameRevolution, an original, highly interactive exhibit that explores the history of video games and their impact on the way we play, learn, and relate to each other. Play your way through the history of video games—from pioneer Ralph Baer’s first Brown Box game to today’s high-tech Xbox 360. Enter a recreated, old-fashioned video arcade featuring more than two dozen operating historic video games, or visit one of several emulator stations around the gallery and challenge yourself to more than 40 classic and contemporary PC and console games. You can also play Guitar Hero and Boom Blox on Wii and step lively on an LED Lightspace floor. Young children enjoy creating artwork with oversized translucent pegs on a gigantic Lite Brite-like wall.

eGameRevolution was produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games and is included with general museum admission fees.

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