Recent Department of Computer Science graduate Kan Gao has been receiving lots of attention of late from the release of his indie game To The Moon. Kan worked on the game while completing his studies at Western, even using the game as the focus of course work while taking CS4483: Game Design. Associate Professor Mike Katchabaw recalls: "I remember when he introduced me to To The Moon ... and I knew he was on to something really special. It's taken a lot of hard work to get the game where it is now, and I am not surprised in the least by how it's being received." To Dr. Katchabaw, Kan replies: "Despite it did not fit the project descriptions back then (since we were supposed to materialize a game we designed in a previous project), you fostered creativity and allowed me to go off course, which resulted in this -- I really appreciated that, and the whole thing might not have been had you not been flexible about it."
To The Moon has been featured in tech and gaming publications around the world including Wired, Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, and many more. Its reviews are quite impressive, and the game has been named as one of the best indie games out there by numerous sources. Recently, the game was nominated for six GameSpot end of year awards, including best story, best writing/dialogue, best music, and best ending, placing it along side games like Gears of War 3, L.A. Noire, Portal 2, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. The game has not been missed locally either, and has been featured recently in the London Free Press ( Dec. 2, 2011 and Dec. 9, 2011).