Scottish universities’ homepage Asteroids championship

Asteroids-style ship fires on university homepage

Erik Rothoff Andersson has written a fun little Asteroids-style JavaScript bookmarklet called “Kick ass”.

When you click the bookmarklet a white, triangular Asteroids-style spaceship appears on your screen, over which you have complete control. Using the arrow keys to navigate and the space bar to fire you can fly around any web page vaporizing the Web page contents.

… and now for the science bit

When you run the bookmarklet the JavaScript code iterates through the DOM adding a class of “ASTEROIDSYEAHENEMY” to each element, which is then styled to “display: none” when it detects that the bullet-thing, yeah, that fires from your white triangle intergalactic spaceship has hit it.

Or something.

High scores

So this evening (Sunday 19 December) I pitted the homepages of the Scottish universities against one another.

# Instiution Score
1 University of the Highlands and Islands 1690
2 Abertay 1550
3 St Andrews 1400
4 Scottish Agricultural College 1390
5 Aberdeen 1230
6 Edinburgh 1200
7 Glasgow 1130
8 Glagow Caledonian 1110
9 Queen Margaret University 1070
10 Strathclyde 980
11 Dundee 960
12 UWS 890
13 Stirling 870
14 Robert Gordon University 790
15 Heriot-Watt University 760
16 Napier University 690
17 Edinburgh College of Art 460
18 Glasgow College of Art 190
19 Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Did not finish

The four ancient universities did well to make it into the top 10.  Not that I’m implying that their homepage designs were influenced at all by how well they score on Homepage Asteroids.

Although, of course, they should!

Gareth @ St Andrews