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Explore the history of video games, their impact on our culture and the future of the industry with Canada's top video game collector and noted gaming historian, Syd Bolton.

This six-week non-credit course will take you through the early origins to the golden age of video games, all the way up to present day. Various artifacts from the largest collection of video games in Canada will be presented for discussion and examination.

Continuing Studies at Laurier and THEMUSEUM offer this six-week course in partnership to explore the history of video games.

With the first and last class held at THEMUSEUM, participants will be able to learn from instructor, Syd Bolton, while exploring the interactive exhibit, INTERPLAY.

Participants of the History of Gaming course will receive a certificate of participation from Laurier's Office of Continuing Studies for completion of the course.

Course Details

Dates and Time

Note: The course running from April 3 to May 8, 2018 has been cancelled. Please check back for future dates and information regarding this course.


  • General: $100
  • Ages 55+: $90* (Use promo code "gamingsenior")
  • Students: $85* (Use promo code "gamingstudents")

Note: You may be required to show proof of eligibility for course discount at the first class. Please bring photo identification to provide proof of age and/or valid student card to show proof of student status.

Instructor Bio

Syd Bolton has been in love with video games since the early days of Pong and has been involved in the industry in various ways since its inception.

Today, he is Canada's top video game collector (with over 17,500 video games) and preserves the history of electronic entertainment through the Personal Computer Museum which he founded in 2005.

Bolton has developed video games, written about them, played them and talks about them to a global audience and pays particular attention to the history of video games and foundation upon which one of the world's biggest form of entertainment is built.

Course Highlights

  • Six weeks of university-level instruction.
  • Two free evening admissions to THEMUSEUM.
  • Certificate of Participation from Laurier.


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