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Virtual Heroes Division Launches Moonbase Alpha Game


Moonbase Alpha Game

Applied Research Associates' Virtual Heroes Division released Moonbase Alpha, a new space exploration-oriented game, on July 6.

Moonbase Alpha is a single-level demo/prototype of a much larger NASA massively multiplayer online game directed at science, technology, engineering and math education that ARA's Virtual Heroes will build. The game is free, rated 'E' for 'Everyone' by the ESRB, and play takes about 20 minutes.

"Our team worked very hard on this release, and we are quite pleased with the number of downloads, fan support, public interest and media attention it has received" said Allen York, ARA's Software, Systems, and Modeling Sector Manager in Raleigh, N.C., home of Virtual Heroes.

In the game scenario, NASA is pursuing lunar colonization, research and exploration at a small outpost called Moonbase Alpha. Using solar energy and regolith processing, the moon base has become self-sufficient and expansion plans are in process. In Moonbase Alpha, the player assumes the role of an astronaut at the base who witnesses a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the settlement.

Players must repair and replace equipment to restore oxygen production to the settlement. Players can register and download "Steam®," an application used to install the game, at http://store.steampowered.com/. At Steam's site, locate Moonbase Alpha at http://store.steampowered.com/app/39000/.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon on July 20, 1969.

For more information on Moonbase Alpha, visit these sites:

www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ltp/games/moonbasealpha/index.html
 
www.facebook.com/NASAgames
 
www.moonbasealphagame.com
 
www.gamerlive.tv/article/unreal-engine-3-game-technology-fuels-nasa-mmo-game
 
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38057827/ns/technology_and_science-space/

 

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