Powerhouse Museum celebrates the history of gaming in May

Head on down to the Powerhouse Museum on 26 May 2022 for a host of talks about video games, and a chance to explore the museum's gaming collection.
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Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is set to host a major celebration of video games and their history on 26 May 2022 with Powerhouse Late: Gaming, a free event for game enthusiasts and anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the industry – both local and international.

The event will feature a host of talks, musical performances, gameplay sessions, and will allow viewers to explore the archival game collection of the Powerhouse Museum. Notably, the event will also spotlight women’s contributions to the games industry.

Twitch piano star Lara de Wit (known as Lara6683) will be performing live throughout the event, and will likely dabble into her fantastic repertoire of Elden Ring and Lord of the Rings tunes to set the mood from 6 pm onwards.

Women-led gaming collective Empress, which aims to provide and highlight career opportunities for women in gaming, will also be present to facilitate gaming sessions, including a fun rivalry between PlayItShady and TheScarletteGamer.

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The Powerhouse Microcars exhibition will also be tricked out to become a Rocket League arena so players can dive in with all the action surrounded by classic Messerschmitt, BMW, Heinkel and Lambretta microcars – a perfect backdrop for full-scale domination.

Likewise, the Powerhouse Cafe will be given a video game-themed facelift with a number of classic arcade games set to be brought out from the Powerhouse collection to be playable for visitors. As of writing, the list includes original arcade cabinets like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Xevious – although it appears others will also be on display too.

When visitors aren’t playing games or chilling out with some slow beats, they’ll also be able to attend hourly talks at 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm that will explore the art and world of video games – including how they’re created and designed. A number of industry professionals will be present, making this a valuable experience for gaming fans and budding developers of all kinds.

Powerhouse Late: Gaming is set to take place at the Powerhouse Museum on 26 May 2022 – one night only. If you’re keen to attend, you can find out more information here. There’s no need to buy tickets, and entry is completely free.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.