A reader who was tired of my stories about L.A. Noire recently wondered why I hadn't written about Universe Sandbox. What's that? A simulation of the universe I can run on a Windows computer? And here I am at work on a Mac?
At least I can watch the trailer of this marvelous-looking creation. You can get it on Steam for $US10. Your enticement might be the trailer above... or these promotional blurbs below, which all are listed as Universe Sandbox features on the game's official website.
*Explore our solar system *Blow up moons *Line up the planets with a single click *Play pool in zero gravity *Rip Saturn's rings apart in 3D *Destroy our solar system with a single rogue star *View the paths of hundreds of asteroids and moons *Compare the moons and dwarf planets *View our constellations from other stars *Make a football orbit a bowling ball *Explore nearby galaxy clusters
Before today, I didn't know I'd ever want to do these things, nor had I imagined that I could pretend they were possible.
Oh! Here's a Universe Sandbox bombarding our planet with the planet(s) Mercury. Keep that kind of behaviour in video games, people.