It’s space Jim, but not as we know it
Our love affair with all things spacey continues to titillate and entertain. Indeed you could argue space is one of the most enduring themes of our time. Cornerstone films such as ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, ‘2001: a Space Odyssey’ and of course the iconic ‘Star Wars’ tales feature on Top 100 film lists from critic and pop culture alike and who could forget classic comedies developed from book to film and back again like ‘Red Dwarf’, ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ or TV series like ‘The Jetsons’ or ‘Lost in Space’. Space and spacey culture itself captures our hearts and minds- and this can definitely be seen in the latest virtual world for kids online, Little Space Heroes.
Developed by team of Gen X and Gen Y heavily influenced by the space theme, Little Space Heroes takes all the elements of the great space story and seamlessly blends it with inside jokes so parents get a chuckle or two too! Iconic star and space references litter the web site, players guide and even some in game jokes and content and the story of Lord Shadowbot shares the crispness of ‘Futurama’ and ‘Invader Zim’ for the younger market. Even naming conventions and in world venues play on common words from both astronomy and astrology, a common yet well executed approach that has fans flocking to the game.
A virtual universe to discover
Space endures because it taps into the adventurer in us all. Staring out at the night sky, we can let our imagination spiral and entertain us. Beyond the current reaches of our everyday travel, space offers us a wild and wide unknown in which to play, dramatise and completely reinvent due to the very simple premise of it being such a strange and alien concept to our own. Fantasies abound with relative and so in lies the creative appeal of the human race’s final frontier.
Characters in space give us the ability to look at ourselves in a way that is fun, exciting and extremely imaginative. The good hearted yet achingly straight Doctor Spock, the hilarious but completely inappropriate robot Bender or the courageous Ripley from the ‘Alien’ saga have given us characters to remember for a lifetime. Full to the brim of quotable quotes and pithy one liners, dialogue from all kinds of space themed works ring in our minds and are easily recognisable. “So long and thanks for all the fish” said the dolphin’s of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or Duke Nukem’s famous “I’m here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I’m all out of gum” one liner from the game of the same name have enriched popular speech and found their way into countless books of quotes and late night trivia sessions.
Space provides writers, imaginers, artists, actors and audiences all kinds of fun and enjoyment from the first encounter to the very last. You can share the latest level of the space love affair with your children by checking out the virtual world games online at littlespaceheroes.com – and ‘may the force be with you’ as you adventure!