Arcade SUPER

3 months of gaming at Mediamatic

Mediamatic's exhibition space was transformed into a full-blown arcade. The expanding collection of old and new games consisted of interactive installations, video arcade machines, consoles, handhelds and mobile games. Gamer made a nice video report, and Jeugdjournaal and the Gamekings paid us a visit. We were open daily from November 2010 to April 2011.

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Having fun with consoles - We've put together a collection showcasing the evolution of the console. Level 3: Consoles, opening January 22 at Mediamatic Bank.

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The first human-computer interaction came to be in 1951. These days you can play anywhere, everywhere and with anyone - linking your results or avatar to your online social networks in a blink of the eye. But even though we've come a long way since those first computers and graphic interfaces, the link to the old arcade games is still tangible. That's why, for a few months, Mediamatic has been transformed into a contemporary arcade, showcasing vintage arcade video games, every-generation consoles, handhelds, mobile games and interactive installations.

Each period in the history of games gets its own Level. In total we'll complete 5 levels.

Level 1: Sensor Fest

In November 2010 we completed Level 1. Seven new interactive gaming installations were made during the Dev Camp, and presented at Sensor Fest. Take a look at the interactive installation collection.

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Arcade logo - Made by Abel van Gijlswijk Abel

Level 2: Arcade

Level 2 was all about vintage and contemporary video arcade games. We opened this level on December 18th, 2010. The video arcade machines were put to the test and came out relatively unscathed - something you can't say for all the players. Browse through the complete collection of video arcade machines.

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Arcade portretten - Medewerkers van Mediamatic met hun favoriete handheld game: Abel, Evelyn en Sebastiaan (Foto: Marina Uhrig). Mar-Ina Uhrig

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Martin Butler in front of the ikTea - Arcade is an expanding collection of old and new games and technologies. We kicked off with a collection of rare vintage arcade video games and Mediamatic's ikInstallations. December 18th 2010, Mediamatic Bank. Mar-Ina Uhrig

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Bezoekers spelen bij Arcade - Januari - Maart: Mediamatic deed bijna 4 maanden dienst als Arcade speelhal. De verzameling oude en nieuwe games bestond uit interactieve installaties, arcade videospellen, computerspellen en handhelds. Arcade is een groeiende verzameling oude en nieuwe games, bestaande uit 5 levels. De verzameling bestond onder andere uit twee gloednieuwe games, die voor het eerst bij Mediamatic te spelen waren. Er waren vintage spelcomputers van Atari, Commodore en Sega, maar ook nieuwe consoles als de Xbox… Mar-Ina Uhrig

Level 3: Consoles

Level 3 was opened on January 22nd, 2010. This level marked the arrival of the consoles. We selected over twenty different units, all of which you can view here.

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Super Mario spelen bij de Arcade tentoonstelling in Mediamatic Bank - Picture taken on January 27th during Ignite Amsterdam 5, found on Flickr.

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i like the exhibition/arcade opening level 4: handhelds - Mar-Ina Uhrig

Level 4: Handhelds

Level 4 was opened on the 19th of February, 2011. This level added over 200 handhelds to the show. It also dealt with another important aspect of gaming culture: Game Boy (8-bit) music.

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moon cresta/ arcade opening level 4: handhelds - Mar-Ina Uhrig

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gameboymusicclub/ arcade opening level 4:handhelds - Mar-Ina Uhrig

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ik-cam/ arcade opening level 4: handhelds - Mar-Ina Uhrig

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Michiel van den Anker at Ignite Amsterdam 7 - Taken at Mobfest day 3: Ignite Amsterdam 7. 25 March 2011. Mar-Ina Uhrig

Level 5: Mob Fest

The 3-day Mob Fest marked the end of the Arcade exhibition. We talked with over 20 gaming professionals about the state and future of mobile games.

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Leonieke Verhoog at Ignite Amsterdam 7 - Taken at the Mobfest day 3: Ignite Amsterdam 7. 25 March 2011. Mar-Ina Uhrig

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audience at Ignite Amsterdam 7 - Taken at Mobfest day 3: Ignite Amsterdam 7. 25 March 2011. Mar-Ina Uhrig

With: Jans Possel

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Ar-Drone / Ignite Amsterdam 7 - Taken at Mobfest day 3: Ignite Amsterdam 7. 25 March 2011. Mar-Ina Uhrig

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Ar-Drone / Ignite Amsterdam 7 - Taken at Mobfest day 3: Ignite Amsterdam 7. 25 March 2011. Mar-Ina Uhrig

Level 5: Mobfest

The three-day Mob Fest on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of March marks the end of the Arcade exhibition. An Ignite evening consisting of 15 speedy 5-minute talks, and two days of in-depth discussion about and demonstrations of mobile games.

More information

Parallel to Arcade we will be organizing workshops, salons and Ignite Amsterdam presentations. Go to the events page for more information.

The exhibition runs until March 27th. Open from 13:00 - 19:00 during the week, and Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 - 18:00. Tickets are€5,-. Students and children under 12yrs are subject to a 50% discount, 65+ gets in for free. Read more about the history of gaming here.

Many thanks to: Bonami, Jamma the Hutt, 8 Sneakers, Arcadia Amusements, Alexander Krone, Adriaan van Roeden and Philip Fokker.