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RFP for NASA-based MMORPG

Teancum (67324) writes | more than 6 years ago

NASA 2

Teancum writes "I'm sure that a large number of Slashdot regulars are familiar with the U.S. Army's MMORPG America's Army. It turns out that NASA has submitted a Request for Proposals for what would be a NASA-themed MMORPG of its own. So would you ever want to write your own video game and get paid for it? The deadline for the RfP is February 15th, so get your word processors busy with a proposal of your own. The specific objective of this request is as follows:

"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. A NASA-based MMO could provide opportunities for students to investigate STEM career paths while participating in engaging game-play. Through a NASA-based MMO, students will gain insight into a wide range of exciting career opportunities and be encouraged to make educational choices that lead them into STEM fields of study and eventually the STEM careers needed to fulfill NASA's Vision for Space Exploration. Learning Technologies is seeking input on how to accomplish those goals."
If there is anybody suited for developing a game like this, I can't imagine a better group than the slashdot crowd to try and come up with some outstanding proposals, and have the technical expertise to pull this off. 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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"News" article about RfP (1)

Teancum (67324) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085582)

I forgot to include this link in my story submission:

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/hyperbola/2008/01/nasa-to-create-its-own-version.html [flightglobal.com]

This article goes into some thoughts and ideas for what could go into a NASA-based game, and mentions some FOSS software that might be compatible already with the basic concept outlined in the RfP. Getting NASA sponsorship might help out in paying some of the bills for a project like this, including paying for server space.

Another link to look at:

http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/mmo/ [nasa.gov]

The "spiffy" NASA page that gets out of the legalese of the RfP and adds some of the flavor to the proposal for what they are looking at for the game.

I certainly think this could be a fun project.
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