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Posts tagged “NASA”

Project Eagle is a Homeworld-tinged model of NASA’s dream Martian base

This is more game-adjacent than anything, but interesting and timely considering today's successful Martian landing. Project Eagle is a free semi-interactive 3D model of a potential Martian colony, as envisioned by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and assembled by Blackbird Interactive, developers of excellent RTS prequel Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. Despite its serious, speculative science angle, it's easy to draw parallels between this industrial vision of…

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Earthlight: How Devs Are Working With NASA To Create A Virtual International Space Station

As I try to detach a pipe on the virtual International Space Station, which I've been scrambling across, I'm suddenly thrown backwards into space. I don't flinch but apparently most people who play the Earthlight [official site] demo do – it then makes sense to me why one of the team had offered to take pictures of me playing. Earthlight is a virtual reality experience…

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How Stellar! Search For Alien Life In SETI-JAM Games

Space. The final frontier. To boldly go where no man has gone before. Plenty of people have moaned over how we're born too early to travel the cosmos, and too late to be astonished by the fact the world isn't flat. I say, bugger 'em with a side of millennium shrimp. We might not be capable of interstellar staycations yet, but we do have game…

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Game On! Space Sport G-Ball Now Slamming Thunderballs

The future of sports, some say, will see families crowding into stadiums to hoot and holler and cheer for digital sports. This is, of course, complete tosh. Pity these people and their lack of imagination. No, the future of sports will involve motorbikes and knives and low-gravity and boobytraps and cyborgs and fabulous prizes. Starlite Astronaut Academy: G-Ball may not have all that but it…

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Armageddon It: NASA Kerbal Mission Blasts Off

In its ongoing mission to tag the solar system with flags like a bunch of billion-dollar badboys, NASA plans to rocket off to an asteroid then drag it back over to Earth so we can have a good poke around. It'll be years before that happens though, so for now we'll have to settle for recreating the mission in the world's most realistic space simulator.…

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Dark Side Of The Jam: NASA’s Grand Game Experiment

We live in astounding times. Not so many years ago, it would've been unthinkable for NASA to even so much as glance at our primordial ooze blob of a medium. Now it's making games and - most recently - endorsing jams that allow creators to do as they please with its technologies and assets. Seriously! That was the premise of Dark Side of the Jam,…

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Space Jam: NASA Hosting A Game Jam This Weekend

When the eventual 87-volume book series about my life is written, there will be four tomes and one young adult fiction romance spinoff about stories I chose to write entirely because of headline pun potential. BUT HERE'S THE TWIST: this won't be one of them. Much as I adore (and gladly take) every opportunity to reference Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny's final career-defining blazes of glory,…

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Rover’s Return: Don’t Forget NASA’s Curiosity Sim

Look, I know I already posted about NASA's Unity-powered Mars exploration sim not three weeks ago, but given those marvellous men and women and their remote-controlled flying machines have just managed to successfully land a nuclear-powered robot on the Red Planet, it seems entirely timely to flag it up again. Particlarly because the game/sim is being updated with the Curiosity rover's progress and discoveries in…

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Mars On Tracks: NASA’s Unity-Powered Curiosity

That I'll never get to visit another planet (or moon; hell, I'll take moon) is one of the great sadnesses of my life. Maybe, if I'm very lucky, Richard Branson will buy RPS and give me a free ride in his spaceship one day, but he's probably too busy picking up women. So, for now, I must settle with exploring a Unity-powered, browser-based, explorable recreation…

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Moonbase Alpha Out. Also, Impressions.

Hurrah! The previously covered Moonbase Alpha is available to play. You can go and get your copy, for free, on Steam (So has Steamworks supports for leaderboards and similar). Those interested in digging further will see NASA's press-release here, and have more info on the game's site and NASA's portal. Anyway, Jim and I had a crack at the Beta last week, and had a…

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Faked Moon Landing: Moonbase Alpha Soon

Picked up from Craig Pearson, but this excites my ever-over-excitable space-geek. You know that NASA are actually working on Astronaut: Moon, Mars And Beyond? A team-based hard-science space-MMO? Well, that's not here yet - but Moonbase Alpha is. It'll be hitting on Steam on July 6th, and seems to be one-small-step towards that larger vision. The site's a place-holder at the moment, so literally all…

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It’s All For Astronaut

It seems to be space-walk week here on RPS. We started off swooping about in the Shattered Horizon free weekend, and now we're performing difficult space-tasks on the international space station, thanks to NASA's Station Spacewalk Game. If you ever wondered where all that spare money is going now that Obama cancelled the second trip to the moon, well, look no further!

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NASA MMO To Get “Demo” In January

We reported a while back that NASA had commissioned their own MMO, which is now called Astronaut: Moon Mars and Beyond. Anyway, it turns out that there will be a demo for this called "Moonbase Alpha" next month. This was apparently announced months ago, but the internet has only just noticed. But better late than never, thanks to Massively. There's even a teaser video, which…

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Will Wright Versus The Spacemen

Spore: even after all those troubling delays, it's still quite possibly the most exciting game of the coming year. When we hear that Will Wright is even demonstrating it to the spaceheads at NASA, it sounds like we get to nod solemenly at its cleverness as well as clap for joy at its gloopy, many-legged wonders. Here's a from-the-hip recording of his presentation, which, not…

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The NASA MMO

Image: NASA. I heard a bunch of rumours about this last year, but it seems that this procurement document confirms the big space club's interest in a multiplayer online gaming experience. This is the interesting bit: NASA is in a position to develop an online game that functions as a persistent, synthetic environment supporting education as a laboratory, a massive visualization tool, and collaborative workspace…

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