From the austere Newtonian universe of Spacewar! to the lush galactic disc of Mass Effect, video games have been taking us beyond Earth's atmosphere for decades, but in the eyes of Dr Jeff Norris of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, few have done the spirit and practicalities of space travel justice. Speaking at this February's DICE summit in Las Vegas (video below), Norris threw down something of a gauntlet. "If you'd like games to be recognised as a great form of art, I'm afraid that some of you, not all of you, are going to need to step it up. You see, great art, doesn't just move us as individuals, it can move entire societies." For Norris, art has worth when it's bringing about "riot and revolution", when it furthers some broader cultural or political enterprise - an enterprise such as NASA itself, which has long relied upon dreamers of all kinds to relay its values and significance to the world at large.
What's been so frustrating about the Homeworld games isn't just that a few people never quite got them, it's that for more than a decade no-one has been able to get them at all, period. In spite of the ease with which PC titles have been sold and distributed since Steam first launched (which, incidentally, was in the same week as Homeworld 2), it seems absurd that such a universally acclaimed series has taken this long to reappear. That the games, sans Cataclysm, are at last available in HD form has almost made the wait worthwhile.
Price and avilability
Windows PC only on Steam: £26.99 / €31.99 / $34.99
2015 could well be the year of the remaster. With Resident Evil HD Remaster setting digital sales records, Grim Fandango Remastered bringing arguably the greatest adventure game in history to a modern audience for the first time in 16 years, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D updating the curious classic to a popular handheld, there's no better time to catch up on the the seminal pieces of gaming we missed out on the first time around.
Borderlands developer Gearbox has released the first footage of its Homeworld remake.
Sci-fi real-time strategy game Homeworld HD is now Homeworld Remastered, Gearbox Software has announced.
"Previously, we'd been referring to this effort as Homeworld HD but as work progressed it became clear that title didn't properly communicate the scope of the work," Gearbox's interactive marketing manager Chris Faylor wrote on the company's blog.
"This is more than a simple re-release or up-res - given the input we've received from fans, mod makers and series veterans, the result is full-fledged remastering of nearly all aspects alongside the archival Classic versions."