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Moonbase Alpha

NASA has developed a commercial-quality video game called Moonbase Alpha, which requires players to get a lunar base’s life support back online running before everyone suffocates.

The game imagines a base in the year 2020; a meteor strike disables its life-support systems, and one or more players must get it running in 25 minutes. The game requires an understanding of the base’s systems, and the use of robots in areas that are too dangerous for humans. The project is a proof-of-concept to determine whether a video game can inspire interest in real-life science and technology.

Here’s a trailer for the game:

(via Discoblog)

Posted in Computers & Internet, Space July 26th, 2010 by Chip
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