PHOTOS: Press Start! COSI opening video game exhibit

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — From Donkey Kong, to Mario, to World of Warcraft, the new video game exhibit at COSI displays five decades of fun and technology.

COSI’s “Game Masters: The Exhibition” takes visitors through close to 50 years of iconic arcade, console, handheld and mobile games.

“With rare concept art, revealing interviews with the world’s most influential video game designers, and 100 plus playable games, this exhibition is the ultimate fan experience,” said Josh Kessler, Project Manager at COSI.

Guests can take part in three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies.

In the Arcade Heroes section, visitors can go head-to-head with Donkey Kong, collect pellets with Pac-Man, or fight aliens in Space Invaders among other classics from the 1970s and 1980s.

In Game Changers, you can save Princess Toadstool in Mario, collect rings as Sonic, and become the hero Link in The Legend of Zelda.

The Indies section features future-focused independent games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Minecraft.

Each section features playable games, concept artwork and character designs.

The exhibit, which is only one of two in the United States, is free with a COSI admission and opens June 11.

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