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NASA Launches Moonbase Alpha

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the to-boldly-grind dept.

NASA 230

Several readers have sent word that today NASA launched Moonbase Alpha, an online game with single- and multi-player capability that "allows participants to step into the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement." The game is available now through Steam for free. Moonbase Alpha was built as a precursor to an upcoming NASA MMO called Astronaut: Moon, Mars & Beyond, and they hope it will be "a proof of concept to show how NASA content can be combined with a cutting-edge game engine to inspire, engage and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities and the future of space exploration."

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Moonbase Alpha BBS? (1, Interesting)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816790)

Anyone remember Moonbase Alpha BBS -- 471-4547 -- (I doubt it as it would be a minuscule number of people)?

Re:Moonbase Alpha BBS? (2, Informative)

Ron Harwood (136613) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816822)

Um, all the world lives in one area code, do they? ;)

Re:Moonbase Alpha BBS? (2, Insightful)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816846)

When you're a teenager typing in modem commands by hand to call local numbers, yes :-)

It is our consitutional right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817068)

To be provided with free video games.

Re:It is our consitutional right (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817446)

The day after thanksgiving a few years ago, Steve Gibson was sitting on the toilet constipated. After about 4 days without being able to take a shit he finally decided to force it out. Straining himself, he began pushing really hard and eventually he started to hear a dripping into the toilet.

"Almost got it," he thought, and gave it one more big push. Kaaa splooosh! What a relief, he must have lost at least ten pounds right there. He started to wipe, but he then noticed that his hand was covered with blood. He quickly jumped up to see a pile of bloody intestines trailing their way back to his ripped open bloody asshole.

"Oh God! I can't believe this is happening to me," the distressed programmer yelled, grabbing his intestines out of the toilet and trying to push them back into his ass. The experience was so disgusting that he puked all over himself and passed out. His dog found him later that day and ate most of the intestines that were outside of his body. How did he survive you ask? Well, lets just say that the power of SpinRite should never be underestimated.

Re:Moonbase Alpha BBS? (1)

Mascot (120795) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817090)

No. But I do remember 205 895 0028. I couldn't remember precisely what it was, but a Google sorted that (NASA Spacelink). Can't believe I still remember that. Must be more than 15 years since I last dialed that number. And, international rates being what they were, I didn't use it all that often back then either.

Re:Moonbase Alpha BBS? (1)

IflyRC (956454) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817208)

Hail fellow Alabamian

In space... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32816818)

Nobody can hear you troll.

Re:In space... (3, Funny)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816870)

Actually, this project is to find trolls and their online kin. Who better to send on long duration trips than those that already hate the sun, don't mind "alternative hygiene", live on processed foods and can shirk off a lack of real sex for years at a time?

Oh shit. /. is next >.>

Re:In space... (4, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816952)

Good God, you're absolutely right. Every geek and nerd in the verse is a perfect target to send on missions to space... We have to warn... Somebody... wait... whats bad about this?

Re:In space... (3, Funny)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817200)

I don't want to risk sharing a ship with telephone sanitizers.

Re:In space... (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 4 years ago | (#32818052)

We have to warn... Somebody... wait... whats...bad....about....this?

It's probably nothing but I've heard the launch and reentry are a bitch.

Re:In space... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817812)

If they gave me some futuristic-looking armor to wear during the trip, I'd be all for that.

Space: 1999 (1)

BearRanger (945122) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816826)

About 11 years too late. But at least we now know what the Mayan hype was all about. Say goodbye to the moon in 2012.

Just in case... :-)

Re:Space: 1999 (1)

dacarr (562277) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817388)

Downshot: say hello to ugly polyester jumpsuits.

Only 11 years late... (3, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816834)

Only 11 years late... [imdb.com]

Some cheats for players:
1 Stay away from the nuclear waste dump.
2 Don't shoot energy-absorbing being with a laser - just get them in a powered-down section and wait for them to run out of energy.
3 Neutron reaction drives won't make you a lot of friends.

Re:Only 11 years late... (2, Insightful)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816936)

That show is *nightmarishly bad*. In one episode, some alien planet sends probes that create an atmosphere (to keep the Alpha crew happy until they passed out of range so they didn't have Martin Landau and Barbara Bain descend up them). That's when I found out that *the windows on Moonbase Alpha were designed to be opened* so they could get a nice breeze. And that the intrepid space voyagers brought *bikinis* so they could frolic on the regolith.

Re:Only 11 years late... (2, Informative)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817216)

"Black Sun" was kinda cool. And the Eagles are some of the greatest-looking fictional spaceships ever, even though from the vernier rockets layout it's never exactly clear how they can yaw or traslate on the X-axis.

Re:Only 11 years late... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817862)

Didn't have the model/toy as a kid? Too young maybe. Anyway, Eagles have small thrusters all over them (including the X-axis). Think Apollo missions (with small, very deep, TV's) with added Thunderbirds and that's Eagle technology.

A dark, dark day. . . (2, Insightful)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817428)

That show is *nightmarishly bad*.

Nah, it's all about perspective!

I was five or six when that show was airing, and through the eyes of a little kid, it was the coolest and most astonishing sci-fi epic series EVER!

(Special effects made everything look real, and since I was too young to know that adults weren't flawed, I also assumed that everything made sense but that I was just too young to get it. Everything seemed wonderful and exciting on the moon!)

Oh, but it was a dark, dark day when I hunted down a couple of episodes of the program and watched them in my quality-discerning adulthood. Hit like a brick in the gut. Not a good memory. No sir.

It's true, what they say. You can never go home.

-FL

Re:Only 11 years late... (1)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817180)

Personally I'm waiting for the sequel.

Astronaut II: LEO, Whiteboards, and congressional subcommittees

Re:Only 11 years late... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817214)

Only 11 years late... [imdb.com]

Some cheats for players:
1 Stay away from the nuclear waste dump.
2 Don't shoot energy-absorbing being with a laser - just get them in a powered-down section and wait for them to run out of energy.
3 Neutron reaction drives won't make you a lot of friends.

On Steam, the release date for the game is set as Nov. 30, 1999!

Re:Only 11 years late... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817308)

Should have been september 13th, 1999.

Re:Only 11 years late... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817296)

What bugs me is that Hollywood has been doing mostly remakes of anything for the last two decades or so and nobody thought of doing a Space: 1999 movie and launch it worldwide on September 13, 1999.

Incoming incessant sopssa trolling. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32816836)

Sopssa is a fucking worthless troll. Remember it moderators.

Peace out!

NASA "content?" (0, Offtopic)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816852)

I honestly loathe the idea that life is being measured in "content."

Re:NASA "content?" (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816890)

I honestly loathe the idea that life is being measured in "content."

You know what I loathe? People who can't actually read and parse the context in which a word is used. That's what I loathe.

Re:NASA "content?" (2, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816914)

content 2 (kn-tnt)
adj.
1. Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.

Sounds like a pretty good life to me.

VR jobs of the future (2, Interesting)

RichMan (8097) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816874)

8 second lag is pretty bad, but this can be viewed as a precursor to jobs of the future where basement dwellers driver loaders on the moon.

uh oh... (1)

markana (152984) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816882)

let's hope they keep a better eye on the nuclear waste dump this time :-)

or at least stock up on supplies (and better actors).

Re:uh oh... (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817148)

I always thought both the music and the sound effects were pretty amazing though.

Please... (3, Insightful)

rshol (746340) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816904)

Is this how screwed up NASA is, reduced to releasing video games as opposed to sending people into space?

Re:Please... (5, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816978)

On the other hand, the Military gets tons of Cash and they have NEVER [americasarmy.com] released a video game.

Re:Please... (1)

KarmaKhameleon (1843244) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817008)

Perhaps they'll release a game to inspire kids to actively participate in a pathological aversion to monsters / ghosts while consuming vast quantities of pharmaceuticals in an effort to inspire, engage and educate students to trust Pfizer unquestioningly.

Now they just need to make a BP game.

Re:Please... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817012)

Don't forget NASAs new mission. Promoting Understanding with the Muslim world...

Re:Please... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817284)

The words "Understanding" and "Muslim world" do not belong in the same sentence.

Re:Please... (1, Troll)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817022)

Is this how screwed up NASA is

No, this isn't even close to how screwed NASA is getting. Just check out what NASA's director says is Obama's foremost task for his agency: it's really fun [sfexaminer.com] .

Re:Please... (-1, Flamebait)

reboot246 (623534) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817332)

Maybe they're really looking for alien life, and Muslims are the closest they can find. Of course, they could just look in the freaking White House!

Re:Please... (5, Funny)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817038)

Is this how screwed up NASA is, reduced to releasing video games as opposed to sending people into space?

It's a master recruitment plan. See, kids think they're playing a game but in reality, they're being trained and the best of the best of the best will rise until one day, via their "game" they're doing actual exploration without realizing it. I hear they're planning a military version of this too.

Code name: ENDER

Re:Please... (3, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817102)

(kicks you in the nuts)

Re:Please... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817334)

Is this how screwed up NASA is, reduced to releasing video games as opposed to sending people into space?

It's a master recruitment plan. See, kids think they're playing a game but in reality, they're being trained and the best of the best of the best will rise until one day, via their "game" they're doing actual exploration without realizing it. I hear they're planning a military version of this too.

Remember, don't use the Death Blossom except as a last resort!

Re:Please... (1)

Virak (897071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817064)

Convincing the public that space is cool! and exciting! so they can continue to get enough funding to at least barely get by has always been an important part of NASA. See also: all those pretty pictures they release.

Re:Please... (3, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817124)

NASA: Treading Water for 40 Years and Counting!

Re:Please... (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817158)

That would be all cool and exciting, except the game is a simulation of living in a harsh desolate wasteland.

I've lived in Big Piney Wyoming, harsh desolate wastelands suck and are boring.

Re:Please... (3, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817074)

Well, they've got a lot of experience producing computer animation of craft they never actually build and missions which they never actually launch. So this is just a natural extension.

Re:Please... (4, Insightful)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817244)

I think this is as close to doing any space work as NASA will come in the future. No one wants to spend money on Space Exploration. Both parties talk about it but wont fund it. We're through in space, the private companies will do earth orbit and maybe Japan or China will go to Mars. The US will make video games.

Re:Please... (2, Insightful)

fm6 (162816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817400)

Pretty much. But doesn't that reflect society as a whole? People flock to movies about space (Avatar has already grossed a billion bucks) but I don't see any interest in real-life space exploration outside a few buffs.

Re:Please... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817918)

Only NASA could take one of the most challenging and hazardous jobs in existence and make it come across as boring and frivolous. NASA needs to hire some good PR people.

no thanks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32816940)

I think I'll wait until at least the beta release to give them time to work out the early bugs ;)

Moonbase Alpha! (0, Redundant)

grub (11606) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816970)


Is this before or after the nuclear dump sends the Moon out of Earth orbit? If after, dibs on Helena!

This is NOT part of NASA's new mission priority. (1, Troll)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 4 years ago | (#32816974)

Glad to see they got this done and available before NASA had to shift its mission over to the administration's new priority for the agency [sfexaminer.com] . After all, what could be more important than a condescending, platitudinous mission (the foremost mission, says NASA's director) to boost the self esteem of a specific religious culture?

Re:This is NOT part of NASA's new mission priority (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817060)

Well, if you think terrorists are bad... just wait until you meet... SPACE TERRORISTS! Mars is a dead planet for a reason.

Re:This is NOT part of NASA's new mission priority (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817106)

Now do you know who was being the Moonbase Alpha launching? Yes, Bin Laden!!!!!

Re:This is NOT part of NASA's new mission priority (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817144)

Or you could just engage in the same cherrypicking reductio ad absurdum as the propagandist you link to and attempt to pretend that NASA is selling its rockets and buying burqhas for female astronauts to use on school tours of Riyadh.

Re:This is NOT part of NASA's new mission priority (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817580)

The director himself considers that his most important mission. I don't have a problem at all with feel-good campaigns. But first, it's not the responsibility of the United States to remind Muslims of their own history. And second, it even less the responsibility of an agency like NASA to get involved in any of this.

And it's nonsense anyway. It's like thanking Christianity for America's achievements. I mean, if you're going to argue that Islam is not responsible for terrorism, individual nuts are, then you can't go and argue that Islam is responsible for academic advancements.

Regarding the game... It looks cool and it's no different than Space Camp. It's a marketing tool designed to make kids interested in space exploration. It is unfortunate that it's Windows only and that I need Steam in order to download it.

Free Space! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32816992)

Free Space!

Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to build a complete space launch platform called FUNN (for FUNN's Uniquely Not NASA), and give it away free for anyone who can use it. Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly needed.

To begin with FUNN will be a rocket plus all the utilities needed to support cargo and interplanetary travel. After this we will add capabilities for manned transportation. We hope to supply everything useful, including technical documents and blueprints.

FUNN will be able to handle the payloads used by NASA, the ESA, etc. but will not be identical to them. We will make all improvements that are convenient, based on our experience with other launch systems. In particular, we plan to have multi-staged vehicles, advanced telemetry control, and other features.

Who Am I?

I am Chester J. Pooner, inventor of the much-imitated GETTHERE rocket system, now at the Advanced Space Systems Laboratory at San Seriffe University. I have worked on engines, fuel systems, and crew habitation modules. In addition, I have also implemented one launch escape system.

Why Must I Build FUNN?

I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a rocket design I must share it with other people who like it. I cannot in good conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement.

So that I can continue to use rockets without violating my principles, I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free designs so that I will be able to get along without any rockets that are not free.

How You Can Contribute

I am asking aerospace manufacturers for donations of machines and money. I'm asking individuals for donations of designs and work.
One aerospace manufacturer has already offered to provide a concept. But we could use more. One consequence you can expect if you donate machines is that FUNN will run on them at an early date. The machine had better be able to operate in a residential area, and not require sophisticated cooling or power.

Individual engineers can contribute by writing a compatible duplicate of some launch utility and giving it to me. For most projects, such part-time distributed work would be very hard to coordinate; the independently-written parts would not work together. But for the particular task of replacing a part, this problem is absent. Most interface specifications are fixed by NASA compatibility. If each contribution works with the rest of ATLAS, etc., it will probably work with the rest of FUNN.

If I get donations of money, I may be able to hire a few people full or part time. The salary won't be high, but I'm looking for people for whom knowing they are helping humanity is as important as money. I view this as a way of enabling dedicated people to devote their full energies to working on FUNN by sparing them the need to make a living in another way.

Again, meticulously crafted headlines! (0)

cpscotti (1032676) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817066)

I'm quite sure I wasn't the only one who thought that "Moonbase Alpha" was some kind of serious "we-re going to the moon" project with huge loads of cash being invested in such a cool thing..

But no!! This is just NASA going into US Army's trend to build free games!
(not that I'm not very curious about the game, not that I don't find it useful neither that I don't appreciate this news.. it is just that they could have appended a "game" there!!)

MoonBase Alpha... (0, Redundant)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817070)

Wasn't that the name of the base in the 1970's Sci-fi series "Space 1999"?

Space 1999? (1)

andawyr (212118) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817086)

What, did we go through a time warp? Wasn't there a Moonbase Alpha back in 1999?

And, didn't the moon vacate the premises shortly thereafter?

Re:Space 1999? (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817390)

What, did we go through a time warp? Wasn't there a Moonbase Alpha back in 1999?

And, didn't the moon vacate the premises shortly thereafter?

Yes, but somebody used the dragonballs to restore it again.

Re:Space 1999? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817432)

If we went through a time warp, we'd have to go rescue Daphne!

DAMMIT!!! (3, Funny)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817100)

My level 19 Rocketeer had fourteen Pristine Moonrock's, I had the fifteenth IN SIGHT, when a level 43 Cosmonaut ganked me and looted everything off my corpse. I took me ten hours of grinding Selenites to get that epic Oxygen Tank of Capacity.

Re:DAMMIT!!! (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32818050)

My level 19 Rocketeer had fourteen Pristine Moonrock's, I had the fifteenth IN SIGHT, when a level 43 Cosmonaut ganked me and looted everything off my corpse.

Did they loot all of his unnecessary apostrophes and run-on sentences too?

I remember when ... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817114)

Does anyone remember a time when NASA astronauts actually WENT to the Moon?

Re:I remember when ... (2, Funny)

Chaymus (697182) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817212)

Queue the tinfoil hats saying "Never."

The gameplay (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817142)

Is it like most of the FPS games? Travel to distant planets. Discover mysterious alien civilizations. Then kill them.

Re:The gameplay (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817384)

Sounds like the script for a Predators game.

Where are the muslims? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817192)

They won't have a good self-image unless NASA helps them.

How stimulating. (4, Funny)

Snarkalicious (1589343) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817206)

I can only imagine that the excitement curve for the game will be the same as any other MMO or living on an actual moon base.

Day 1: Woo! I'm on the server/moon!
Day 2: Wow! I can do like, 6 different things. Sweet!
Day 12: OH SWEET JESUS WHY CAN'T I ESCAPE THIS EYE-STABBING BOREDOM!!!!!

Re:How stimulating. (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817590)

Day 12: OH SWEET JESUS WHY CAN'T I ESCAPE THIS EYE-STABBING BOREDOM!!!!!

Day 1095: Snarkalicious clone dies and is replaced by another clone.

Re:How stimulating. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817834)

Day 1182: Space police arrive and arrest me for pedophilia and murder.

Gaybase Alpha (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817250)

How long before NASA starts up Gaybase Alpha?

http://www.space1999.net/gaybase/

Moonbase Alpha... Alpha Complex (3, Funny)

Local ID10T (790134) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817268)

Greetings Friend Citizen!

It is the future, and you are a proud citizen of Moonbase Alpha, a moonbase run by a benevolent Computer.

All is foreseen. All is right and just. All is good and pure. All because of The Computer.

The Computer is Your Friend!

Welcome to Moonbase Alpha. The Computer is Your Friend!

Steam (3, Insightful)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817304)

Can you get it from NASA directly? I don't allow steam on any of my machines.

Re:Steam (1, Interesting)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817550)

Why not? As far as DRM goes, Steam is the least evil. It has offline mode, so it works even if you can't access the net. It doesn't encrypt things that have been released, so you can access the game data files if you wish. It has a massive install base, so it's not going away anytime soon. I haven't heard of any major security flaws, although it is a major target for social engineering scams. It uses it's powers for good, letting you store game saves and configs in the cloud, and doesn't tie itself to a specific machine at all. It lets you opt out from any data collection. It's much more stable than it was at release, especially since it switched from the IE renderer to WebKit. It's been ported to the Mac, and may be coming to Linux.

Really, if you're complaining about Steam, you probably don't trust Windows not to be spying on you. And if you're an active gamer, you come to realize that Steam's DRM is actually very lenient, compared to other recent games. Since almost no games get released sans DRM of some type, you may as well get over it, and choose the one that's the least evil.

Re:Steam (4, Insightful)

Toze (1668155) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817676)

As far as sexual assault goes, groping is the least evil.

Re:Steam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817820)

Why should tax payers have to pay for DRM'd content?

Re:Steam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817890)

Unlike most apartment complexes protecting their assets, we only want to put a camera in your living room opposed to every room.

Re:Steam (4, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817988)

Neither do I. Condensation wreaks havoc with the circuitry. It also encourages mould growth. Also, I go through enough trouble keeping things cool. Why would I want steam anywhere near my machines? The closest steam should get is the stuff rising from my nice hot coffee.

Where are my Eagles, dammit! (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817310)

No f'in way!

NASA does NOT get to name ANY moonbase "Alpha" until we have Eagles. (Coolest space pickup trucks ever!)

Or at least Shado Control and Interceptors. And I'll settle for a Doppleganger.
Maybe I'm mixing up my Gerry Anderson...

Steam, but Windows-only (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817350)

It may be on Steam but don't get your hopes up if your computer doesn't run an operating system from Redmond...

Re:Steam, but Windows-only (3, Informative)

RichMan (8097) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817456)

It depends on the game Engine.

I am currently downloading Mass-Effect 2 onto my Ubuntu system. Used Steam to download the demo. It worked. So I bought the game.

Anything I am going to buy from Steam I am going to want to run the demo of first to check for compatibility. Silly thing is the Steam store only works from windows. I have a really old system that gets the job done. My main system is pure Linux.

Getting way off track here but
Steam+demo is the best way to sell the windows games into the Linux market. Try it first, then buy. It lets you know it will work.
STO should work according to the Wine forums. The demo did not for me. So it's out.

Recommended System Requirements (2, Informative)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817364)

Recommended System Requirements
Win XP SP3 / Vista / Windows 7

I wonder if it will run under WINE?

Whalers on the moon? (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817404)

So can the two character classes are boring lab assistant or a whaler?

"engage and educate students" (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817434)

So... no invites for old-fart Martian tourists who lost their return ticket and just need to hitch a ride home?

Obviously this game was contracted for... (0, Flamebait)

MaggieL (10193) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817436)

...before Unka Obama told the Space Kidz he wouldn't pay for their trip to Teh Moon.

You know, when he was still lying about it before the election, so gullible nerds would support him.

 

Re:Obviously this game was contracted for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817622)

...before Unka Obama told the Space Kidz he wouldn't pay for their trip to Teh Moon.

You know, when he was still lying about it before the election, so gullible nerds would support him.

Sadly, what probably happened with that was something along the lines of "Oh shit! The country is in even worse shape than we were led to believe. We'll have to table the idealistic plans for NASA for now and try to repair at least some of the damage that has been done."

Are we going to give them a medal too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817442)

Really if NASA had not been dicking around since the 80's their reputation would make people want to work for them, Instead apparently they have been making video games of stuff they could not accomplish in the last 60 years

any more tax money you could piss into the wind?

Ha, is that where my tax dollars are going... (2, Insightful)

Sulik (1849922) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817552)

nice.

Moonbase 2, Jazz to it (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817574)

Jazz: Jazz to Moonbase 2, Jazz to Moonbase 2!
Bumblebee: Bumblebee and Spike here.
Jazz: We're about to send out the shuttle. Any Decepticon shenanigans in your area?
Bumblebee: All clear, Jazz.
Spike: Hey Ironhide, tell my son Daniel I miss him. And tell him not to worry; I'll be coming home as soon as we kick Megatron's tail across the Galaxy!
Ironhide: Will do, Spike.
Optimus Prime: Cliffjumper, commence countdown.
Cliffjumper: Five... four... three...two... one! Blast off!!
Optimus Prime: Now, all we need is a little energon... and a lot of luck.

D'oh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32817638)

Am I the only one that was incredibly disappointed, after following the link in my RSS, to find that this article was about a video game, and not an actual moonbase?

This is government-funded—where's the source (1)

hackel (10452) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817792)

I think this is a *great* idea, but I do not find it even remotely acceptable for government money to be spent on closed-source software, especially when that proprietary software requires me to purchase a proprietary operating system to run it on. It appears to have been developed by or in cooperation with some private company called "Virtual Heroes". We need to do something about this, and demand that all the source code be released...

Re:This is government-funded—where's the sou (3, Informative)

filesiteguy (695431) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817908)

File a Freedom of Information (http://www.justice.gov/oip/) request.

I work for Los Angeles County and we do not give out our source code without one. We have given out the source but it involves several legal issues and "hold harmless" agreements that are way above me. (I'm not condoning or condemning the process, just stating what has happened in the past.)

Moon landings faked with this? (1)

youngec (239360) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817844)

Moonbase Alpha? Is that supposed to be the latest version of software that NASA used to fake the moon landings? Geez, you'd think they'd be up to Moonbase Beta by now..

Online? I don't think so! (1)

filesiteguy (695431) | more than 4 years ago | (#32817870)

I went to the link. Apparently you have to download a windows executable to make it work. How is that online? Seems like a client-server app to me.

People still use Windows?

Re:Online? I don't think so! (1)

bjartur (1705192) | more than 4 years ago | (#32818048)

Seems like a client-server app to me.

Hence online. Except you define "online" as will run inside a tiny subwindow of your /browser/ -- without annoying Windoze-XP style "Are you sure?" pop-ups!

Anyone remember this NASA Moon game? (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32818014)

Survival on the Moon

You and two of your crew are returning to the base ship on the sunlit side of the moon after carrying out a 72-hour exploration trip. Your small rocket craft has crash-landed about 300 kilometers from the base ship. You and the crew need to reach the base ship. In addition to your spacesuits, your crew was able to remove the following items from the rocket craft:

4 packages of food concentrate
20m nylon rope
1 portable heating unit
1 magnetic compass
1 box of matches
1 first-aid kit
2 50-kg tanks of oxygen
20 L of water
1 star chart
1 case of dehydrated milk
1 solar-powered radio set
3 signal flares
1 large piece of insulating fabric
1 flashlight
2 45-caliber pistols, loaded

Using what you know about the moon, rate each item in the above list according to how important it would be in getting you back to the base ship. List the most important first, the least important last. Number them 1 through 15. Answer the following:
- - Which three items were the most important? Explain.
- - Which items would be useless? Explain your answer.

Compare your list with the one supplied by NASA. [rst2.edu] Astronauts would list the items in this order.

To score your list against the astronauts' list, do the following:

Beside each item on your list place the number that represents the difference between your ranking and the astronauts' ranking. For example, if you listed oxygen first, you would write 0 in front of oxygen on your list. If you had listed it third, then you would write 2, and so on.
After placing a score beside each item on your list, add up the individual scores to get a total. Compare your score with those of other students.

What is your total score?

The lower your total score, the closer you came to surviving the return trip to the base ship. How did your chance of surviving compare to other students' chances?

Conclusions:

- - What does the moon lack that humans need for survival?
- - What materials would you need to survive on the moon?

.

Great if they used this for input & problemsol (1)

jbeach (852844) | more than 4 years ago | (#32818062)

Give people limited resources, emergency situations and see what they come up with as the best plans to solve it; or gave people the options to actually architect sites based on the best geographical features, design efficiency, possibility of using fossil water, etc.

Somewhat worrying installation (1)

MWoody (222806) | more than 4 years ago | (#32818064)

"Installing AMD dual core optimizer" (from the game installation)

Uh, game, I know you can't see that "Intel Inside" sticker, but still, I can save you some time...

I generally like Steam, but I really miss the option of a custom install from pre-Steam games. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to sit and watch DirectX and the Microsoft redistributable unpack their entire installation, run, and of course immediately quit, discovering their target already up to date. And doesn't automatically downloading a brand new copy of these with every game installation really defeat - or at least marginalize - their purpose?

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