Geek Trivia

Which PC Game Was The First to Be Flown Into Space?

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Answer: StarCraft

Although Tetris has the distinction of being the first video game of any sort ferried into space–it was taken aboard the MIR space station in 1993 by Russian Cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov–the distinction of first PC game in space belongs to the real-time strategy game StarCraft.

In the spring of 1999, Mission Specialist Daniel T. Barry brought along a copy of the smash-hit game StarCraft secured among his personal effects. The copy of StarCraft completed the journey with him, traveled a total of 3.7 million miles over 9 days, and was shipped off to the Blizzard offices along with mission patches and signatures from the astronauts aboard Mission STS-96. No word on whether or not the game received any playtime in Earth orbit or just how bad the latency was if it did.