Games Saturday


Saturday 31 Aug 2013 1.00pm - 5.00pm


Games Saturday


Games to play throughout the ages - can we get a game running on a computer from every decade since the 1950s?? Are you up for the challenge for finding them?

Game developers are lurking – find them! Speak to them! Demonstration of a game on the WITCH, proving that you can even make a game on a 1950s computer!

1:00pm – Non-Player Character coding workshop run by Martin from Playdemic

1:30pm (repeated at 3.30pm) – Richard Bartle – see the bio below about Richard

2:30pm – The WITCH: A demo of the game + game running throughout the day (subject to the WITCH being operational of course)

In our Meeting room we will also have some past consoles and arcade machines to remember and play when the talks are not in progress.

Richard Bartle
Professor Richard A. Bartle, PhD FRSA is best known for having co-written in 1978 the very first virtual world, MUD, and for his 1996 Player Types model which has seen widespread adoption by the MMO industry and beyond. His 2003 book, "Designing Virtual Worlds", is the standard text on the subject and he is an influential writer on all aspects of online game design and development. In 2010, he was the first recipient of the prestigious Game Developers Choice award of Online Game Legend.

Outline of Richard's talk:
Although Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games are today a multi-billion pound per year industry, their origins are rather more humble. In this talk, Professor Richard Bartle explains how in 1978, he and a fellow student at Essex University created the very first virtual world. Perhaps more interestingly, he also explains why.


Entrance to The National Museum of Computing includes viewing and interacting with the Games Saturday exhibits and activities.
Admission charges information (£5 maximum price).


No booking required for the Games Saturday event.

If you are coming only to TNMOC, there is no need to pay the Bletchley Park Trust entrance fee (the Bletchley Park Trust is a separate organisation). Please come to the Bletchley Park main gate and indicate to the gate staff that your intention is to visit TNMoC only and you will be directed to the Museum in Block H.

Directions to TNMoC can be found by clicking here