Friday, January 5, 2024

Blast Off with Elon! Play His Childhood Space Shooter, Blastar!

Blastar -
Have you ever wondered what games shaped the mind of a tech billionaire? 

Have you ever wondered what Elon Musk was up to when he was just 12 years old? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Play Blastar, a retro space shooter created by a 12-year-old Elon Musk! 

Dive into the pixelated past and experience the game that sparked a tech revolution.

But Blastar isn't just a relic of history – it's a surprisingly fun and addictive game! 

And yes, Elon Musk -- that Elon Musk of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter fame -- wrote this game when he was only 12 years old.

He even earned a published article with the code and $500 for his efforts.

Here's an article with more information about Elon and the Blastar game.

Friday Funday -

If you're curious about early gaming or simply want a nostalgic thrill, grab your keyboard and prepare for alien annihilation.

So, how do you blast your way into Musk's childhood memory lane?


fig. 1 - Blastar

Here's how to do it.
  • Navigate to Blastar or find Blastar online or through emulation software. Several versions exist, including the original BASIC code and later enhanced versions.
  • The objective of the game is simple – pilot your spaceship and destroy waves of enemy alien freighters before they unleash deadly "Status Beam Machines" on Earth.
  • Use your keyboard --- arrow keys to move and spacebar to fire ---  to maneuver your ship and blast enemies with lasers. 
  • Collect bonus points for destroying missiles and avoiding collisions.
Blastar is an easy to learn but challenging to master.


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