I’m sure you’ve heard about the addictive Angry Birds game, right?
The physics that made the original Angry Birds so enjoyable carries over in new and fun ways in space. The science of orbits, gravity, and weightlessness comes to life in a new way through the game play.
Another thing I love about the game is the home screen presence of a NASA Space Station. By tapping it, the game offers to provide more information on NASA and transports the gamer to the actual NASA site explaining the core gaming concept of micro-gravity. This type of in game education and exposure is, in my opinion, huge. I wish they would have been able to do this before the demise of the shuttle program. Maybe then there would have been enough of a public outcry to properly continue the funding of space exploration.
Of course, I also can’t help to wonder how long until someone in EMS is able to make the same kind of arrangement with a game maker to educate the public on the facts instead of allowing them to believe the Hollywood mythos.