LevelUp with the National Videogame Museum pop-up exhibition in The Moor Market

The LevelUp project at the Moor Market showcased a range of interactive exhibits and behind-the-scenes insight to the National Videogame Museum’s historical collection.

Lauren O’Donoghue, 30, the Community Outreach Officer said: “We are here with our pop-up exhibition at the Moor Market which is part of our ongoing LevelUp project. The Levelup project is focused on making the museum more accessible, more inclusive and more welcoming for different communities.”

The exhibition includes information about video games made in Sheffield, the Barbie computer technician model and a dismantled historical Nintendo Game Boy set.

O’Donoghue said: “This exhibition has been co-developed with our volunteers and our community champions who have worked with our curatorial team to come up with a range of exhibitions that we wanted to show people and spread the word about what we do.”

Volunteers have been working with the National Videogame Museum to create new and engaging ideas for the exhibition.

Mark Geraghty, 31, the Community Champion said: “ We have been working with the museum and we are here to be the voice of different communities to try to encourage a wider range of audience to come in.

“So what we wanted to do is work with the museum to look at what sort of items and exhibits they can bring to encourage different people and different demographics to come and experience the museum.”

The advancements in the gaming industry include virtual reality, haptic feedback (which vibrates the controller) and artificial intelligence.

Leah Dungay, 30, the learning officer at National Videogame Museum said: “There is a question about AI and writers in the US at the moment, the writers are striking, part of what they are striking about is making sure their creativity is not replaced by AI.

“A lot of that will go over into games, people who write and create games, I don’t think there is a replacement for creativity, there are a lot of ways AI can be useful but I am not sure it will take away the creativity of the games.”

If you would like to find out more about the National Video Museum pop down to Castlegate where there are 100 different playable games along with different exhibits to visit.

Written by Isobelle Castro

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