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(io9)   NASA releases free Curiosity Mars rover Xbox game. Cool tag runs away with Scary tag after it once you realize how hard landing a rover on Mars will be, Spiffy tag swoops in for the win   (io9.com) divider line 40
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2012-07-17 05:59:15 AM
Looks like a game version of the Seven Minutes of Terror video. I'm almost tempted to buy an Xbox just for this!
 
2012-07-17 06:43:23 AM
Landing a rover with a keyboard and mouse is easy. Thumbsticks? Not so much.
 
2012-07-17 06:48:32 AM
Cool. Once you land can you go looking for the opening to the giant face and meet up with that CGI alien?

/hated that farking movie
//this looks awesome though
 
2012-07-17 09:44:35 AM
Cool tag runs away with Scary tag after it once you realize how hard landing a rover on Mars will be,

The landing was so hard it broke the headline.
 
2012-07-17 09:44:41 AM
Never tell me the odds.
 
2012-07-17 09:45:49 AM
The best player gets to control the Curiosity landing for real.
 
2012-07-17 09:51:17 AM
I wonder if this game will live up to its spiritual predecessor, Moonbase Alpha.
 
2012-07-17 09:52:31 AM
I love that I can go to Xbox.com and queue this for download.

And it's a Kinect game? Ok NASA, why can't you do sh*t like this more often?
 
2012-07-17 09:56:13 AM

kertus: The best player gets to control the Curiosity landing for real.


This kinda does have a "Last Starfighter" feel to it, doesn't it?
 
2012-07-17 10:02:32 AM

kertus: The best player gets to control the Curiosity landing for real.


Haha. I wonder if, as more and more science and technology research groups make use of crowdsourcing techniques, some organizations will really start to provide incentives like that.
 
2012-07-17 10:04:55 AM

Sid_6.7: Landing a rover with a keyboard and mouse is easy. Thumbsticks? Not so much.


Well then I have some good news for you! It's no joysticks, just your entire body!

/Sounds cool, will be downloading this tonight.
 
2012-07-17 10:10:10 AM
First thing I thought of



www.coverbrowser.com

capnkroaker.com
 
2012-07-17 10:12:14 AM
Looks like fun. And I'm sure my kids will enjoy it as well.
 
2012-07-17 10:15:53 AM
Free! No wonder those commie fascist socialist marxist space nuts don't have any money. They are giving all their shiat away.

/downloaded
 
2012-07-17 10:17:51 AM
www.vizzed.com

I loved Space Shuttle back in the day.
 
2012-07-17 10:18:40 AM

Orgasmatron138: Never tell me the odds.


It'll be just like landing rovers in Beggar's Canyon back home.
 
2012-07-17 10:33:15 AM
Now THIS is the kind of PR that I like coming from a government agency.

/off to get it on the Xbox
 
2012-07-17 10:33:17 AM

Sid_6.7: anding a rover with a keyboard and mouse is easy. Thumbsticks? Not so much.


It's kinect, not thumstciks, so that should increase the fun/terror.

/kinect only gives me a sad :-(.
 
2012-07-17 10:39:10 AM

Kome: kertus: The best player gets to control the Curiosity landing for real.

Haha. I wonder if, as more and more science and technology research groups make use of crowdsourcing techniques, some organizations will really start to provide incentives like that.


mt-blogs-redesign.syfy.com
 
2012-07-17 10:42:50 AM
Looks like our friend hasn't arrived yet, I'll fill in: Space nutters, blah blah blah, whar immortallity serum, whar?
 
2012-07-17 10:47:31 AM
Durn. It requires a Kinect.

... anyone got one I can borrow in the Columbia, Missouri area?
 
2012-07-17 10:48:46 AM

imontheinternet: [www.vizzed.com image 256x240]

I loved Space Shuttle back in the day.


There's a newer one, and it's free: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator

orbiterschool.com
 
2012-07-17 10:59:30 AM

threadjackistan: Looks like our friend hasn't arrived yet, I'll fill in: Space nutters, blah blah blah, whar immortallity serum, whar?


Geez, can I eat my 3D printed breakfast first? Then I'm heading to the realtors and putting a down payment on my Mars condo.

Sending machines to take pictures of rocks is not Space Nuttery. Space Nuttery is extrapolating wildly and thinking that we'll colonize Mars and mine asteroids because we were able to send a camera on wheels.

Same mentality that thinks that 3D printing means we'll just sit at home and 3D print everything.

impaler: imontheinternet: [www.vizzed.com image 256x240]

I loved Space Shuttle back in the day.

There's a newer one, and it's free: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator

[orbiterschool.com image 800x600]


Here's an even newer one.

cbrajkovich.com
 
2012-07-17 11:01:11 AM

kertus: The best player gets to control the Curiosity landing for real.


Only if we could upload--Curiosity has to land on it's own due to lightspeed lag.
 
2012-07-17 11:02:28 AM

Kome: kertus: The best player gets to control the Curiosity landing for real.

Haha. I wonder if, as more and more science and technology research groups make use of crowdsourcing techniques, some organizations will really start to provide incentives like that.


The US Army already does.
 
2012-07-17 11:04:26 AM

impaler: imontheinternet: [www.vizzed.com image 256x240]

I loved Space Shuttle back in the day.

There's a newer one, and it's free: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator

[orbiterschool.com image 800x600]


Oh hell yeah.

Screw you, budget cuts. I'll start my own space program with blackjack and hookers.
 
2012-07-17 11:06:26 AM

Marine1: Durn. It requires a Kinect.

... anyone got one I can borrow in the Columbia, Missouri area?


I know what you mean. Luckily, my sister and BIL have one and they just live around the corner. Called her and told her to download it when she got home.
 
2012-07-17 11:24:04 AM

fawlty: Sid_6.7: anding a rover with a keyboard and mouse is easy. Thumbsticks? Not so much.

It's kinect, not thumstciks, so that should increase the fun/terror.

/kinect only gives me a sad :-(.


That really sucks. I haven't ever used a Kinect and have no interest in getting one.
 
2012-07-17 11:54:14 AM
So this game runs on the NES Top Gun Landing Engine?
 
2012-07-17 11:59:18 AM
The game was designed to be played using Kinect

Well there's a big FAIL right there.
 
2012-07-17 12:16:35 PM
Finally, I get to use the Kinect for something instead of wondering if it's taking pictures/video of me in my underwear while I play Xbox...
 
2012-07-17 12:17:04 PM
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2012-07-17 12:28:14 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Kome: kertus: The best player gets to control the Curiosity landing for real.

Haha. I wonder if, as more and more science and technology research groups make use of crowdsourcing techniques, some organizations will really start to provide incentives like that.

[mt-blogs-redesign.syfy.com image 550x367]


DAMMIT WHY DID THEY CANCEL THIS SHOW

/grumble grumble just like firefly grumble grumble
 
2012-07-17 12:34:03 PM
pjsfreeware.synthasite.com
 
2012-07-17 12:38:27 PM
This is a bad indication of things to come. I predict the MSL crashing into the surface of Mars and multiple reenactments on the news with the use of this video game :(
 
2012-07-17 01:43:54 PM
Nasa
Mercury: 1959 - 1963 [ 6 launches ]
Gemini: 1962-1966 [ 10 Manned Launches / 20 men into space ]
Apollo: 1961 - 1972 [ Dozens of unmanned flights / 11 Manned Launches / 33 men into space]
Shuttle: 1981 - 2011 [135 Manned launches / +300 men into space]
2012 - single player xbox game

/// how far we've come.
 
2012-07-17 02:09:57 PM

OnlyM3: Nasa
Mercury: 1959 - 1963 [ 6 launches ]
Gemini: 1962-1966 [ 10 Manned Launches / 20 men into space ]
Apollo: 1961 - 1972 [ Dozens of unmanned flights / 11 Manned Launches / 33 men into space]
Shuttle: 1981 - 2011 [135 Manned launches / +300 men into space]
2012 - single player xbox game

/// how far we've come.


Yes, that's all NASA has done in 2012.
 
2012-07-17 04:53:33 PM
Hand Banana

>>> OnlyM3: Nasa
>>> Mercury: 1959 - 1963 [ 6 launches ]
>>> Gemini: 1962-1966 [ 10 Manned Launches / 20 men into space ]
>>> Apollo: 1961 - 1972 [ Dozens of unmanned flights / 11 Manned Launches / 33 men into space]
>>> Shuttle: 1981 - 2011 [135 Manned launches / +300 men into space]
>>> 2012 - single player xbox game
>>> /// how far we've come.

Yes, that's all NASA has done in 2012.


Ok ok you're right. In all fairness, they're also working on another project that will NEVER get off the ground
 
2012-07-17 08:19:18 PM
ok, after playing the game, yeah. The kinect thing is a pain, only because it makes it even more difficult. Kids enjoy watching me though.
 
2012-07-19 09:58:49 AM
Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-dan Armada. Your first mission: get your ass to Mars.

-Rom, Spaceknight
 
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