History of handheld gaming exhibition hits Swindon

Museum of Computing launches 'Gaming on the Go' exhibition
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Swindon's Museum of Computing has launched a new exhibition dedicated to 35 years handheld gaming.

Called 'Gaming on the Go', there are over 50 exhibits, with some available to play.

The museum identifies the birth of the market as 1976, when Mattel launched 'Auto Race', and a number of other very primitive handheld gaming devices built from reprogrammed calculator chips, running programs roughly half a kilobyte in size.

"It’s not often you get to see such an amazing collection all in one place" said museum curator Simon Webb. "this is a fascinating look at the machines, the games and the technology, it's certainly come a long way."

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