The Year 10 and Year 12 Computer Scientists took a trip to Bury to visit the largest free to play Arcade Club in Europe on the 30th April.  They experienced virtual reality and explored what can cause the ‘sickness’ effect, while also investigating high end PCs to see the difference a co-processor makes to displaying graphics on the screen.  The pupils and students also examined networked arcade machines and discovered that a network can connect more than just consoles and PCs.  The Year 12 students looked in depth at how algorithms are used in the old style arcade games and the limitations that the hardware forced upon programmers in the 1980s; it was imperative that the algorithms were well coded in terms of Big O Notation.