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Information Requested for NASA-Based MMORPG 144

Posted by Soulskill
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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 Myself (57572) on Friday January 18, 2008 @02:10AM (#22090208) Journal
    Anyone remember this gem [lemon64.com] of a game [the-underdogs.info]? I played it for the C64 but the PC screenshots [mobygames.com] bear a pretty close resemblance.
  • by Teancum (67324) <robert_horning AT netzero DOT net> on Friday January 18, 2008 @07:59AM (#22091486) Homepage Journal
    If you dig through the documentation, it seems as though the lead administrator behind this request is very much aware of Orbiter. Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if the Orbiter dev team (there certainly is more than just one person who has been involved with writing that game, but like most FOSS projects one or two leaders really stand out) is on the "fast track" to getting the winning bid... if they decide to step forward.

    All that NASA is looking for right now is a 5 page treatment of different ideas they can use for developing such a game, and suggestions like the one you just made is precisely what NASA is looking for. Even if you don't necessarily even desire to be involved in writing a game like this, presenting a whole bunch of excellent ideas that can be used by others who are willing to take it further can only be beneficial.

    I certainly hope that by posting here on slashdot, that the potential talent pool can be substantially increased and give some excellent suggestions. Unfortunately, by posting here on slashdot it is also going to give a whole pile of trollish submissions as well, so I hope I haven't killed this poor NASA admin with a mountain of ideas.
  • Umm... (Score:1, Informative)

    by Drakin020 (980931) on Friday January 18, 2008 @10:34AM (#22092720)
    People don't play Americas Army so they can learn about how our miltary works, and what it would be like.

    They play it because it's a free online FPS game that was well made.

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