Video games and space travel were born to be together. After all, what is space but a giant, lethal, multi-trillion-dollar playground in which to make things go pew?
Let’s be serious, now. Space is serious. After all, how much longer do we expect the Earth to keep going before it collapses under the combined weight of humanity?
So it was only a matter of time before somebody – in this case, those bold individuals over at the Night Rover Challenge – set up Dark Side of the Jam, a wonderfully named game jam (honouring the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album, of course) calling on developers to spend the weekend of 8 to 10 March making games that illustrate the awesomeness of space science. Even better, Nasa made available its extensive catalogue of digital assets, and hosted a number of jammers in the Ames Research Centre. Good grief, right?
Some of the games are a bit rubbish, and all of them are somewhat rough around the edges, but that’s only to be expected. The best ones give insight into the sort of challenges we face in exploring the great yonder, which is more than you can say for hopscotch.
Want to play them? Head over to www.darksidejam.com