Rochester, N.Y. - Rock the high score! Power up during Video Game Mania at The Strong's National Museum of Play on Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6. To mark the first anniversary of the eGameRevolution exhibit, the museum galleries will be overloaded with video games sure to challenge and entertain guests of all ages throughout the weekend. On Saturday evening only, guests will have a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) with special talks by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Associate Professor Steve Jacobs and tours of the ICHEG Lab. On the weekend schedule: Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 6, from noon to 4 p.m.
- Tournaments: Try for your personal best score or play in a tournament on rows of PlayStations, Wiis, and Xbox 360s scattered throughout the museum, all a-buzz with the sounds of more than 75 popular games.
- Inventions: Fly a giant AR.Drone and check out other electronic games invented by students and faculty from RIT's Electronic Gaming Society and its School of Interactive Games and Media.
- Retro Room Lounge: Travel back in time as you play games from the 1970s and 1980s in the nifty Retro Room Lounge.
- Just for Teens: A special "T" Room has been set aside with games suitable for teens and adults.
- Board Games: Try your hand at Angry Birds: Knock Wood, the board game inspired by the popular electronic games.
- Game Developer Talks: Have you ever dreamed of becoming a game developer? RIT Associate Professor Steven Jacobs reveals what it takes at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
- Guided Tours: Following each talk at 6 and 7 p.m., the CHEGheads (International Center for the History of Electronic Games staff) offer a guided tour of The Strong's ICHEG lab-home to the world's largest public collection video games, other electronic games, rare prototypes, and related materials. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.