Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Massively-Multiplayer Online Game Backed by Big Name in Science

Space Odyssey, a new massively-multiplayer online game backed by one of the biggest names in science, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is coming down the homestretch of its Kickstarter campaign with almost a hundred thousand United States Dollars remaining to raise.

WhatNot Entertainment was able to bring Tyson on board after convincing him the title would be well-balanced between fun and education and that it would appeal to space enthusiasts of all ages. Among Tyson’s contributions is helping to make the game as realistic as possible. One way of doing that has been to design solar systems within the game based on real science and after real solar systems. Other would-be world builders include Bill Nye, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin and Peter Beagle In addition, Tyson has been able to get large aerospace firms to consult on technologies that, while still fictional, are realistic enough to be plausible for use by the player in-game.

The game promises to be somewhat like Civilization or Minecraft in that players create and grow their own civilizations. Space Odyssey will start, however, where most of these games end as these societies will be spacefaring to begin with and will survive and hopefully thrive through the wise acquisition and thoughtful use of the natural resources of the celestial bodies (planets, stars, asteroids, etc.) available in the parts of the galaxies in which they originally spawn.

I think it is so important for anyone who has the means to make a financial contribution to this application, which has such a great potential to educate and entertain and is endorsed by one of the world’s top scientists, to do so. I am so emphatic about this because we all must do our part to slow humanity’s slide down the slippery slope into Idiocracy It costs only US$10 for the smallest contribution. I realize for many that is too much, but even if you are unable contribute money you can still support the cause by liking the Space Odyssey Facebook profile, following the Kickstarter campaign, and involving yourself in the discussions that will help shape this project.

No matter what Space Odyssey’s fate on Kickstarter, I am confident that it will not only materialize into something but that it will be something great. I am very excited about its future and we here at will be on the edge of our seats watching!