Space Giraffe by Jeff Minter is a game where the player controls Elfie - the first giraffe to ever be sent into space. The game begins by quickly going through the two decade’s worth of intensive education which Elfie must first undergo before he can become the first space giraffe. Completing many assignments and even making a few friends along the way. At the end of the first level, Elfie is awarded a space giraffe diploma, and there is a beautiful shot where the player can see Elfie’s parents in the audience at the ceremony. Since the game is made with the same graphics engine that powered Sony’s Afrika on the Playstation 3, the level of emotion that Elfie’s parents are able to display was quite impressive at the time. Elfie finally boards a rocket in level 2 and is shot into the vast vacuum of space, wherein for the first time in his life, Elfie comes to the realization that he will have to spend the rest of his life alone. Over the course of a year, the player gets to witness Elfie’s descent into madness, and as he loses his mind, the universe around him starts to change in colour.
The rest of the game just rips off the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but instead of a space baby, we get to see the ghost of J. Allard.