New Video Game by Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2017
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has brought the world of science and space to many people in many different ways, and his encouraging curiosity and love of learning have infused them all.
Now the living legend has attached his name to a video game Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey, that will allow players to expand their understanding of the way our universe works as they develop galaxies of their own.
Beta testing begins in 2017, and it’s already possible to sign up for this. However, until then, you can indulge your love for space exploration by playing online pokies such as Battlestar Galactica, or other games that feature similar space themes.
Learning Through Enjoyment
Mark Murphy, the co-creator of Space Odyssey, says the game will bring in elements of Minecraft and Civilisation, but that it will also be unique. Players will be able to build their own travelling vessels and grow and discover planets, solar systems and galaxies.
As you progress through the game, you’ll be able to take part in science and exploration challenges in a universe with behaviour and conditions that are seen in our own to gain assets, minerals, knowledge, tools and gadgets to aid your colonisation of planets.
Interactive understanding and design of the worlds that are being created is crucial to your understanding and enjoyment of the game. As Murphy explains, the link between play and successful learning is increasingly acknowledged and the designers of this game want to take the concept to levels that have not been seen before.
DeGrasse Tyson reportedly was not interested in the project at first, as he felt children were not his direct audience, but has since become convinced that the project is important and will appeal to every age group. He, along with Bill Nye, George R.R. Martin and other masters of other universes, will design his own system which players will be able to see.
The game will also link to his Star Talk show on the National Geographic channel, providing links to concepts that are introduced as you play. Virtual Reality missions will be connected to PC activities as well, to create immersive learning opportunities that can be taken into classrooms everywhere. The engaging game is a good example of how humans and technology can work together to expand knowledge.