nauticus game changer

NORFOLK, Va. — On Saturday, January 28, Nauticus’ 6500 square foot exhibit gallery will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind video game arcade with the opening of the international exhibit, Game Changers.

Developed and produced by subject experts from Ingenium — Canada’s Science and Technology Museum, and managed by Science North, Game Changers takes visitors on a fascinating journey to discover how innovation has shaped the video game industry while exploring 120 of the most influential games.

“This exhibit has a universal appeal,” said Stephen Kirkland, Nauticus’ CEO & President “I’m pumped up to play Pac Man, my eleven-year-old daughter can’t wait to learn more about Sonic, and video game afficionados will love the more in-depth tech exhibits. Our team plans to host video game competitions, event nights and more for the community to get their game on!”

Exhibit highlights include:

16 playable games featuring: Space Invaders; Donkey Kong: Myst; Pac-Man; Galaxian; Star Hawk; Super Mario 64; Flower (PS3); Super Mario Bros; Adventure; Kinect Sports (Xbox); Angry Birds; Tetris; Guitar Hero

Experience video game evolution, from memorable Pong to the photorealistic, immersive games of today. Try your hand at operating a supersized Nintendo controller, playing Tetris on a giant Game Boy, and testing your knowledge of retro video game music. You can even step inside a game and become a character yourself!

Experiment with augmented reality and examine upcoming video game trends while imagining what gaming will look like in the future.

Step inside a game and become a video game character — using Kinect technology, try out different costumes and accessories from your favorite characters

Create your own 8-bit character on a large-scale pixel wall

Play a game developed for people with vision loss, and discover how the gaming experience changes when the graphics are removed

Working with a partner, operate a supersized NES controller to play a game of Super Mario Bros

Play Tetris on a giant Game Boy

Play a sound-matching game and test your knowledge of retro video game music

Discover original concept art, storyboards, level designs, and scripts of some of the most influential games ever developed

Listen to experts from the industry explain how they develop the games you love

Explore iconic video game music and sound to learn how it has changed the gaming experience

Explore the technologies that game creators use to develop increasingly sophisticated storylines, graphics, gameplay, and audio

Experiment with augmented reality and virtual reality and see how these technologies may alter the gaming experience

Examine future video game trends and imagine what gaming could be!

Most importantly, leave your quarters at home! Access to Game Changers is included in Nauticus admission. As always, Nauticus members are free. Game Changers will open at 11 a.m. on January 28th, 2023, to the public and will run at Nauticus through April 30, 2023.

During the run of the exhibit, Nauticus will host several event days providing visitors unique access to the exhibition:

Member’s Only Preview

Saturday, January 28

10AM - 11AM

Game Changers: Superbowl Challenge

Sat., February 11

10AM - 5PM

Game Changers: 18+ After Hours Event

Sat., March 23

5PM - 8PM

Nauticus will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday — Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Paid admission includes access to the Nauticus museum, special programming, and the Battleship Wisconsin. As always, Nauticus members are free. Tickets and additional details are available online at

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