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Information Requested for NASA-Based MMORPG 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-games-are-developed-in-a-vacuum dept.
Teancum writes "By now, most people are aware of the U.S. Army's video game, America's Army. It turns out that NASA has submitted a Request for Information for what would be a NASA-themed MMORPG of its own. The deadline for the proposals is February 15th. NASA's plans focus on education. 'A NASA-based MMO built on a game engine that includes powerful physics capabilities could support accurate in-game experimentation and research. It should simulate real NASA engineering and science missions in a medium that is comfortable and familiar to the majority of students in the United States today.' This certainly doesn't deserve to get thrown onto the traditional dust heap of educational proposals for a half-baked game that nobody will actually play."
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Information Requested for NASA-Based MMORPG

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  • by Pvt. Cthulhu (990218) on Friday January 18, 2008 @01:51AM (#22090120)
    this of course will result in the Koreans being the first on Mars.
  • by User 956 (568564) on Friday January 18, 2008 @01:54AM (#22090128) Homepage
    It turns out that NASA has submitted a Request for Information for what would be a NASA-themed MMORPG of its own.

    Red-shift is the new purple.
  • by Karthikkito (970850) on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:13AM (#22090214)
    Or a whole legion of schoolchildren who are really really good at linear algebra. Pre-game talk: "prepare to get row reduced!"
  • by Anne_Nonymous (313852) on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:13AM (#22090220) Homepage Journal
    >> a NASA-themed MMORPG of its own.

    What's it going to be called, My Space?
  • by flyingsquid (813711) on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:28AM (#22090278)
    I can't wait to upgrade my Standard Rockwell Pressurized Helmet for a Savage Gladiator's Space Suit Helmet of Justice +3. Along with my Merciless Lunar Boots of the Fox and my Wrathful Life Support System of Stealth, that will increase my chance to find life on Mars by 13%.
  • Re:Oh good! (Score:4, Funny)

    by node 3 (115640) on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:36AM (#22090312)
    Easy enough: F-U-N-D-S
  • by Pvt. Cthulhu (990218) on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:36AM (#22090318)
    wanna join my epic raid guild? we're doing Proxima Centauri tomorrow night.
  • by xPsi (851544) * on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:37AM (#22090322)
    Guild discussion before a major raid as the team prepares to set their lander down on Titan:

    Player1: 32.33--repeating of course--percentage of survival.
    Player 2: That's a lot better than we usually do.
    Player 3: Ok. Take'er down steady. Contact in 3, 2, ---
    Leroy: All right chums, let's do this with English Units! LEEROOOOY JENKINS!
    <lander strafes across the surface of Titan in a violent tumbling explosion, missing the landing zone by 62.137 km, killing everyone on the team>
    Player 1: Goddammit, Leeroy!
    Player 2: Leeroy, why do you do this shit?
    Leroy: It's not my fault. <awkward pause> At least I've got chicken.
  • Klingons (Score:1, Funny)

    by Krneki (1192201) on Friday January 18, 2008 @04:22AM (#22090686)
    I'm going to pick the Klingons.
  • WOOT! (Score:2, Funny)

    by PhearoX (1187921) on Friday January 18, 2008 @09:05AM (#22091846)
    One more shuttle disaster and I'll ding lvl 60!!!

    SWEET! I just looted a Nosecone of Negligence off A Disgruntled Engineer! ...I'm going to be coming up with these all day... Thanks /.
  • by Axis of Weasel (700706) on Friday January 18, 2008 @10:27AM (#22092594)
    I would think quest items would be more along the lines of +5 Diapers of Great Storage and Sacred Binding Rubber Tubing of Torture.
  • Please... (Score:5, Funny)

    by FlopEJoe (784551) on Friday January 18, 2008 @10:41AM (#22092812)
    Please include green women who ask, "what is this human thing you call kissing." thx.
  • by Myself980 (1222482) on Friday January 18, 2008 @11:38AM (#22093686)
    This project was probably suggested by the NSA, and the trip to Mars will be in real time. Imagine all the technologically elite Chinese that will give themselves heart attacks trying to accomplish the 700 day trip to Mars by eating speed at the local internet cafe. That'll solve those covert data-mining issues they're having with them!
  • by dghcasp (459766) on Friday January 18, 2008 @12:15PM (#22094406)

    nasagame: use probe messenger
    You are now online with Messenger

    nasagame (Messenger): where
    In slingshot maneuver.
    Time to Mercury: 1137 days.

    nasagame (Messenger): look
    I see stars, albeit not too clearly.

    nasagame (Messenger): exit
    Messenger is now offline

    nasagame: launch rocket
    It's too cloudy. And your next rocket launch isn't for 184 days.

    nasagame: build interplanetary probe
    You don't have Senate Approval to build more probes.
    Try going to a Senate Hearing

    nasagame: go to senate hearing
    You are now at a senate hearing.
    Senator Lieberschvine asks you to justify section 10.4.3.17.2 of your budget.

    nasagame (Senate Hearing): quit
    Are you sure you want to quit? There's not many jobs for people with Ph.D's in physics.
    Senator Lieberschvine is getting annoyed you haven't answered his question.

    nasagame (Senate Hearing): exit
    Senate rules forbid you from leaving until you address Senator Lieberschvine's question.
    Senator Lieverschvine is pounding on his table.

    nasagame (Senate Hearing): request bathroom break
    You are in the bathroom.

    nasagame (Senate Bathroom): climb through window
    You have left Senate Hearings.
    You have generated +150 Hate from Senator Lieberschine.

    nasagame: build interplanetary probe
    You don't have Senate Approval to build more probes.
    Try going to a Senate Hearing

    nasagame: status of voyager2
    Status: Processing "take picture" request you submitted 2 hours ago.
    Download status: 371 of 22154 bits received (0.0515 bits per second; 117 hours remaining)

    nasagame: watch TV
    Senator Lieberschine in on TV calling for your resignation.
    President Bush has announced a 40% cut to your current funding to help pay for the Iraq War.
    You see an ad for "Truck Driving School" and think it sounds appealing

    nasagame: down not across
    You have logged out.

  • by bluie- (1172769) on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:42PM (#22097584)
    That's a troubling point. Perhaps they should merge their game with America's Army so that we could counter any such rush with some bunkers full of marines.

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