This 7,500-square-foot exhibit features a multitude of experiences that explore how games intersect with our lives and what they reveal to us about psychology, neuroscience and technology. Five worlds with different themes take visitors through the evolution of games and gaming, from board games to virtual reality.
Games have been played since the beginning of recorded history. What is a game? Who is a gamer? Why is play important? Explore all of these topics and climb on our AR (Augmented Reality) Climbing Wall. Take on competitors with some traditional board games and take a new look at chess on a vertical chess board.
Rise of Computers and Consoles
When you think about the word “technology,” a computer or digital device may come to mind. However, tools such as a hammer or a pencil are also forms of technology. This world explores how the technology of games has evolved over time, from ancient civilizations creating rubber bouncing balls out of tree sap, to computers and game consoles, to games on mobile devices. Use teamwork to play Super Mario Brothers on a controller so large you need to grab a partner and use your feet to hit the buttons. Check out the first widely known video game, Space War!
Rise of the Arcade
Games satisfy many core human needs and motivations, including autonomy (desire to have freedom of choice), competence (desire to control outcomes and master skills) and relatedness (desire to be connected to others). This area explores these motivations in arcades. Play Atari 2600: Pitfall, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, tube tennis (table tennis played through a tube), and 8-player foosball.
A New Reality
Explore how virtual and augmented reality modify our real world with digital technology. Find out how virtual reality and augmented reality are similar and what makes them distinct. Explore augmented reality with Merge Cube and virtual reality with HTC Vive. Check out 8-person Mindball and floor projected games.
Become the game creator. Learn about how game developers approach designing games. Play games developed by local developers and companies. Find out how you can become a game designer!
GameXPloration Programs for Groups
Experience GameXPloration with programming that your group or class will remember for a lifetime. Put on your VR goggles to learn about virtual reality, help build games, have fun exploring the science of gaming, and so much more. To schedule a group visit, visit our Groups & Field Trips page for more information.
Educational programming coming soon, call 314-289-4439 for more information. Visit our Groups & Field Trips page for more information.
One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
No food or beverages are allowed in GameXPloration
No pencils, pens, markers or any other kind of writing implements are allowed.
Flash photography is not allowed. You may take photos without flash.
GameXPloration is accessible to visitors with disabilities, as well as visitors with strollers, scooters, and walkers. Elevators and ramps serve all public areas.