Destiny Mashup With NASA Documentary Celebrates Bungie’s Universe
A Destiny fan sets footage from Bungie’s futuristic sci-fi shooter to the voice track from a NASA documentary, resulting in a mashup that fans of Destiny need to see.
“When we left earth, it changed our world. It’s a legacy of small steps and great adventure.”
Is that a line from Destiny? It might as well be. But in fact, it is the narration for a NASA documentary series that aired in 2008 called When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions. But like that one line, much of its narration pairs perfectly with footage of clips taken from Destiny, Bungie’s space fantasy first person shooter. One Destiny fan noticed the synergy between them and put together a video that mashes up the two.
The narration is performed by actor Gary Sinise and walks through the history of the classic NASA Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. The fan who made the video, BlazeBoss17, used a number of cutscenes, concept art pieces, and in-game machinima from Destiny (now made possible with the recently added no-HUD mode) to compliment the voice over.
It all comes together in a quasi-mockumentary that lives between video game and real-life history. Part of what makes it work is that the Destiny universe Bungie has created possesses a deep sense of lore and history.
The Grimoire (the collection of lore found outside the game on Bungie’s website) frames the universe in a timeframe that is more than 700 years after the present. But 700 years ago in the Destiny timeline (what would be the present or near-future time), the Traveler appears near Mars and astronauts from Earth go investigate the unknown planet-like object. That is what players see in Destiny‘s first cutscene as a group of three astronauts discover the Traveler has created rainfall on Mars.
That event kicks off a Golden Age where humans spread out into the solar system. By the time players’ Guardians open their eyes for the first time in game, that Golden Age has long past, but there is evidence of its history scattered throughout the world and story.
It is this sense of history and legacy, plus the connection to the solar system we know, that makes this mashup so compelling. It uses the top-notch art from Destiny with the poignant voices of the American space program, to create a fitting mix of the two. There are many Destiny fans who are also big fans of the history of space travel, and this will be perfect for them.
This isn’t the first time a Destiny mashup has caught our attention—check out this mashup with the Force Awakens trailer if you’ve never seen it.
Destiny: The Taken King is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. The game’s next expansion, Rise of Iron, launches September 20, only on PS4 and Xbox One.
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