Intel's Project Monument: Reviving Retro Gaming Today In Covent Garden

Nowadays it’s all touch screen tablets and phones that answer you back. But what about caring for your Tamagotchi and walking the dog with your yoyo? Project Monument - a celebration of retro gadgets - aims to bring back that warm fuzzy feeling today in Covent Garden...
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Nowadays it’s all touch screen tablets and phones that answer you back. But what about caring for your Tamagotchi and walking the dog with your yoyo? Project Monument - a celebration of retro gadgets - aims to bring back that warm fuzzy feeling today in Covent Garden...

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We all miss the gadgets of yesteryear. Nowadays it’s all touch screen tablets, phones that answer you back and books that don’t even have pages. These are all well and good, but what about caring for your Tamagotchi, playing a Gameboy the size of a brick and walking the dog with your yoyo?

Project Monument aims to bring back that warm fuzzy feeling inside, that comes only with a retro gadget in your palms. Forget polygons and motion detection, Project Monument is all about pixels and bumping the pinball machine. Remember the joystick blisters on your hands after taking on Space Invaders? The elation of beating all the Gym Leaders on Pokemon red? Or maybe you were clever enough to solve a jumbled up Rubik's cube? Relive it all and shed your grown up inhibitions for a leap back into your garish, shell suit wearing childhood. Why not even roll by in your skates?

Forget polygons and motion detection, Project Monument is all about pixels and bumping the pinball machine.

Intel is bringing this retrofest to you all tomorrow (August 24th) in Covent Garden from 12 – 4pm. There will be games that only appear on long forgotten cartridges that only work after you’ve blown the dust out of them. There will be old school delights for every generation and there will even be the chance to peek through the fabric of time and space, with a competition that could win you “the toy of the future”.

Remember, Covent Garden, August 24th, 12 – 4pm.

If you can’t make it though, check back here on Friday because we’ll have pictures and updates live from the event.

See below for all the Project Monument action.

Visit Project Monument to find out more

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Mission Project Monument complete! We arrived at Covent Garden early to see everyone flocking to the Intel stall. There was a Scalextric track, hopscotch, ice cream bubble blowers and the mysterious vending machine of retro goodness. We waited in line to get a chance at winning anything from an Xbox to a Rubik's cube. The idea is you key in your favourite decade in the touch screen panel and a gift from that era pops out as music plays.

We went for the 90s and received a bottle of bubbles as an old Seal dance tune played. One couple were lucky enough to get a big box. Everyone thought they'd won the jackpot of a laptop or an Xbox, but they got a great DVD boxset of Friends, leaving the elusive gifts somewhere inside the machine still.

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 We took to the wheel (well, trigger) for the Scalextric race and proceeded to lose terribly as our little green car careered off of the track.

Kids loved it, racing back and forth on the Space Hopper racing circuit and taking it in turns to hopscotch the chalk on the cobbles. We took to the wheel (well, trigger) for the Scalextric race and proceeded to lose terribly as our little green car careered off of the track and onto the floor on several occasions.

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The Intel staff helped get the car back on the track but it was no good, we came last, finishing in a blaze of disappointment (flying off the track again). It was great fun though, and the people wondering around dressed in retro gear didn't distract us at all.

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Intel's Project Monument will be in Covent Garden until 4pm today so be sure to head down there now to check it out. You could even win that Xbox from the vending machine of wonder!

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