Nasa investigates MMO Game Possibility

The US space agency is exploring the possibility of developing a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game. The virtual world would be aimed at students and would "simulate real Nasa engineering and science missions". The agency has published a "request for information" (RFI) from organisations interested in developing the platform. Nasa believe the game would help find the next generation of scientists and engineers needed to fulfil its "vision for space exploration". "A high quality synthetic gaming environment is a vital element of Nasa's educational cyberstructure," the RFI reads. "The MMO will foster career exploration opportunities in a much deeper way than reading alone would permit and at a fraction of the time and cost of an internship program."

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Paying a few developers for a couple years would only cost a fraction of what the average government agency pays for a pencil sharpener. Plus, you can actually see and learn from the results of this project, unlike some other endeavors.

I'm all for it.

(Unwonted said @ #6)
Paying a few developers for a couple years would only cost a fraction of what the average government agency pays for a pencil sharpener.

I'd rather they spent the money on developing software to protect us from the CIA.