You will never play Halo against a man on Mars. Zoe will never have your back in an interplanetary game of Left 4 Dead, and you'll never recruit a Martian bassist for Rock Band. Online gaming between Earth and Mars is impossible. Or is it?
With the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing behind us, space fans have wondered when we'll take the next step – sending men and women to Mars. It'll be a grueling journey, taking nine to twelve months - though technology could cut this shorter - and it'll land them on a barren, freezing planet with nothing but rock and old rovers to greet them.