It’s not precisely summer time camp on Antarctica. Long summer time days the place the sun literally never sets, and regular February temperatures are in the negative-twenties. And in case you’re a researcher on one of the U.S. bases, like McMurdo Station or the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, Internet is solely allowed if it doesn’t intrude with work. It’s the end of the world, not in contrast to being in area or the backside of the ocean.
The stations are ruled by the National Science Foundation, and you need to comply with the “Information System Rules of Behavior” in an effort to use the web at all. But since the web bandwidth is extremely weak, and until you need to be at danger of felony prosecution—or worse, no web at all— there is no Netflix, no on-line video games, no YouTube.
According to posts on r/Antarctica, a Reddit group devoted to Antarctica residents and fanatics, individuals at US stations try the whole lot from constructing an Oculus Rift by hand to bringing elaborate gaming PCs to make the greatest of it.
When consumer u/v100v asked r/antarctica in the event you can “game” in Antarctica, individuals working in Antarctica have been keen to reply.
“I can only speak for the U.S. stations, but not really no,” replied consumer throwawayaustralis. “Besides being (to my understanding), a violation of the USAP user agreement which can result in getting your network privileges revoked, internet speeds are very slow, approach almost dial-up in high summer. The program has been taking steps to ensure equitable distribution of said limited bandwidth by blocking services like Steam and Spotify.”
But the LAN party is alive and well at the backside of the earth: one other consumer who claimed to be based mostly in McMurdo stated that there are, the truth is, vibrant (offline) multi-player online game events.
“There’s weekly quake III sessions at Palmer that get incredible intense (I’m looking at you Judo guy!)” u/user_1729 wrote. “My roommate here in McMurdo has a high end gaming PC complete with 3D glasses and everything, but it’s not connected to the internet. My last winter, I played a lot of 4 player COD. If you have the motivation, you can get a fancy gaming PC down here for sure.”
User AlwaysUpvoteDogs, who claimed to be based mostly in the South Pole, stated that he and a gaggle of staff try to construct a VR headset by hand.“One of the winterovers at Pole bought all the necessary components and we’re waiting on them now,” they stated. “We’re going to build a gaming computer and set up an Oculus Rift.”
Virtual reality is already getting used as exposure therapy for individuals with PTSD, phobias, and generalized nervousness. With reviews of the Antarctican consuming scene being intense (and maybe harmful), maybe virtual reality and 3D gaming supply more healthy options to the psychological toll of being stationed at the end of the world.