Bored this weekend? Live near Leicester, England? How about taking the family to play games at the National Space Centre?

Running 9-10th May, the National Space Center is devoting its entire location to “Space Invaders”. Not just the green pixelated enemies of old, but a celebration of how the journey into space has inspired a whole generation of gaming.

Whether its playing in the Electronic Arts hub, taking on the LEGO Star Wars Challenge, or competing with 512 other players on the same screen; there’s bound to be something to enjoy. Even your parents can enjoy sitting in the cafe underneath the giant rocket boosters.

There’s also chance to see the Gadget Show’s best toy for 2009 – jOG – which duplicates your own movements to your character on screen, and join the “Save the Videogame” campaign.

You might also see me there, as I’ll be reporting for The Escapist. For those interested, but a bit low on funds, there’s an interactive walkabout here.

The event is the result of massive public support, with one representative saying that “It’s the most difficult event we’ve ever put on.”

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