Garriott concludes space adventure

While most of the world was living out the banality of their everyday lives last week, Richard Garriott was in outer space. Now, Garriott can once again be considered a terrestrial being, as he and two cosmonaut comrades safely returned to Earth aboard the TMA-12 spacecraft yesterday after spending...

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While most of the world was living out the banality of their everyday lives last week, Richard Garriott was in outer space. Now, Garriott can once again be considered a terrestrial being, as he and two cosmonaut comrades safely returned to Earth aboard the TMA-12 spacecraft yesterday after spending more than 10 days in space.

"This mission to the ISS fulfilled a lifelong dream to experience spaceflight as my father first did 35 years ago; it's an honor to be the first American to follow a parent into space," said Richard Garriott in a statement. "This experience made possible by Space Adventures--from my training in Star City to liftoff, orbit, and finally docking with and staying on the ISS--has been more gratifying than anything I could have ever imagined."

During his time aboard the International Space Station, Garriott conducted a number of field research experiments for a variety of sponsors who helped pay for his $30 million rocket ticket. The famed game designer, who created the seminal role-playing franchise Ultima, as well as NCsoft's sci-fi massively multiplayer online game Tabula Rasa, also communicated with students participating in the Challenger Center for Space Science Education program.

"While in space, I had the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments and environmental research, but what was most rewarding was speaking to students," Garriott further commented. "Growing up in an astronaut family, I firmly believed that every person could go to space, and now I have. I took this opportunity to inspire them with my adventure and let them know they can achieve their wildest dreams, as well with hard work and perseverance."

While aboard the ISS, Garriott regularly chronicled his experiences, posting them to his personal Web site dedicated to the interstellar expedition.

Discussion

42 comments
shions_glasses
shions_glasses

"with hard work and perseverance" and 30 MILLION DOLLARS!!!

DaSlyOne
DaSlyOne

@Hateful: And yet you wasted time writing that epiphany when you yourself could have saved a few children. Next time you really want to buy something for yourself (a game?), donate the money to a child hunger charity instead and prove your right to criticize. Hypocrite.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Pretty cool that he was able to fulfill his dreams. That should be inspiring to others who want to achieve higher goals like this. Congrats R.G.!!

scyldschefing
scyldschefing

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scyldschefing
scyldschefing

Maybe Garriot was a revolutionary game designer at one point, but now all he peddles is the same derivative shallow but graphically pretty junk that is too pervasive in the gaming industry. If he still was as great of a developer as he was at one point it's possible that I would actually care about what he does. But he doesn't, and I don't.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Does anyone these days give a hoot about Garriot? I don't.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Hopefully the space trip will inspire him to make something better than Tabula Rasa (I heard it was awful).

Lance_Kalzas
Lance_Kalzas

Hateful, Who are you to criticize anyone? Are you saying you've never wasted money on something before? I say that and I don't even think Garriott wasted $30 million on this because I don't look at it as a waste. Is it a lot of money? Of course! Who wouldn't want to go up into space if they had that kind of money to blow on it? Are you saying you wouldn't? I refuse to believe that for a second. Hypocrites like you are a part of the reason why the world is so messed up to begin with; it's full of people saying one thing and doing another. But I am also making assumptions about you and quite a few others as well but still, I'm probably right....

S31Ender
S31Ender

To hatefull: "Children die of hunger everyday while" you pay for your highspeed broadband connection to respond here. Shall we start calculating how much you spend every year on TV, Videogame Consoles, Videogames, computers, broadband and ....well I could keep going. I mean. REALLY. Think about it. How much does it cost to feed ONE person in a 3rd world country? 30 cents a day? Less? How much do you pay for your internet? 30 bucks? 60? Let's assume 30 dollars a month for some fast DSL or some cable or something. At 30 cents a day per person and 30 bucks a month for internet, you could feed 3 people. 3 people DIE EVERY MONTH because you want your internet. Murderer! Do you want to total up how much your tv cost? cable television? your computer? How many people do you kill every year for the luxuries you enjoy? A hundred? Three hundred? A THOUSAND? "good for you hatefull, good for you" (if ya'll didn't notice, I AM being a wee bit sarcastic.)

hatefull
hatefull

children die of hunger everyday while others get to go into space. good for you Richard good for you

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

Its a pretty remarkable story. Fair deuce to him.

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

This is the legend who made Ultima 8, which was the best RPG I have played in my childhood. I hope you had a great time, Richard Garriott :)

ZhugeMarc
ZhugeMarc

I thought he had built a little house up there with Peter Molyneux and they were going to live there indefinitely.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

what a waste of money, give it to charity or me I can't afford all these great games coming out.

snakeyes101
snakeyes101

Yhatzee: "Completely demented games designer" Suppose he was right...

GhostyMcboo
GhostyMcboo

An American named Lord British on a Space Mission from Kazakhstan. Hmmm... funny, that.

P1zzaman
P1zzaman

Did the Martians give you any advice on making a good game?

wswedin
wswedin

@chibi-acer - You are indeed correct, they have a few spacecraft that launch from the bottom of a plane, and then fly into space rather cheaply. There are plans for these type of spacecraft to be built soon, and if we can ever get these nano-tubes to work right... we can get really cheap lifts into space on a space elevator. I must say though. Garriot did tabula rasa pretty well, the problem he had however, was the massive lack of content, it was so repetitive.

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

I HOPE YOU CAN COME OUT WITH A GREAT SPACE SAGA GARRIOT, GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR YOU!

countingdown7
countingdown7

Nothing will ever erase the fact your lord british avatar was killed online, Garriott, NOTHING!!!!!!

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

The lunatic has landed, I repeat the lunatic has landed...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Don't forget that he had some sponsors, so not all of the $30 million came out of his pocket. Also, I believe the eventual $250K price tag is for the commercially funded space ventures, not the government supported ones (i.e. Nasa and the Russian equivalent).

WhiteSnake5000
WhiteSnake5000

My dream is to live on Pluto... Anyone wana help?

BloodMist
BloodMist

Hopefully being out there in space gave an idea for A great game after 15 years of nothing.

division_9
division_9

One small leap for a gamer, one giant leap for gamerkind.

Jason_Morris
Jason_Morris

Good for him. I couldn't disagree more with the "too much money" thing, he's used his money to do something remarkable.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

It was said that such flights will become more affordable with each year (they promised the pricetag of $250K eventually) and yet we see no difference in price.

Link1515
Link1515

Necronaux, I couldn't agree more.

necronaux
necronaux

Some people just have way too much money.

shanzor
shanzor

Sweet! A man accomplished his dream. Next can we have a story about me not accomplishing mine? The relevance will still be the same.

jazilla
jazilla

30 million for 10 days is a crazy price tag. that's a lot of gas.

Kcoshiob
Kcoshiob

I wish I could say I have accomplished a third of my dreams. Garriot has basically done it all. Really living his life, and that's way more than most people can say. Granted if I had the financial "freedom" he does I would certainly have been able to do a lot more by now. But writing is my main dream, b -ut i... can..'t p..ullll myself fromeWoW....uhg death Now seriously Richard, next time you swing by the Titanic, pick me up a teacup, ok?;P Oh and I agree with Targzissan, he should theow in a good single player experience once in a while too. Though UO was really great, a while back.

P0T
P0T

btw runstalker, he tried to get a space trip from the US. Nasa doesn't do such things though.

Targzissian
Targzissian

I completed Ultima's I through VI, played most of the way through Ultima VII (part one), scratched the surface of Ultima VII (part two), completed Ultima VIII (with the help of the hint book), and played about halfway through Ultima IX. I was in the beta for UO back in 1997 and for Tabula Rasa in 2007. Richard Garriott has been in my life giving me hitpoints in exchange for gold for a very long time. All I can say is congratulations on a job well done and a dream fulfilled. Now please make another open-world fantasy RPG. :)

cvasquez311
cvasquez311

thats awsome, richard, a staple name in RPGs and pioneer. I never beat an Ultima though, makes me want to dig one up and play to the end.

runstalker
runstalker

An interesting cosmic opportunity that can be bought, if a steep price for the ticket. Considering he said the most gratifying part of his space journey was speaking to students, perhaps Garriott can use his next $30 million to build a couple of astronaut schools in the US, instead of tossing it to the Russians. I hope they served him breakfast in bed every day on the ISS for that price. He should've booked with Expedia. But seriously, good for Lord British. The medieval master is officially a space cadet.

Magrino
Magrino

While most of the world was living out the banality of their everyday lives last week, Richard Garriott was in outer space. Now, Garriott can once again be considered a terrestrial being, as he and two cosmonaut comrades safely returned to Earth aboard the TMA-12 spacecraft yesterday after spending more than 10 days in space.

"This mission to the ISS fulfilled a lifelong dream to experience spaceflight as my father first did 35 years ago; it's an honor to be the first American to follow a parent into space," said Richard Garriott in a statement. "This experience made possible by Space Adventures--from my training in Star City to liftoff, orbit, and finally docking with and staying on the ISS--has been more gratifying than anything I could have ever imagined."

During his time aboard the International Space Station, Garriott conducted a number of field research experiments for a variety of sponsors who helped pay for his $30 million rocket ticket. The famed game designer, who created the seminal role-playing franchise Ultima, as well as NCsoft's sci-fi massively multiplayer online game Tabula Rasa, also communicated with students participating in the Challenger Center for Space Science Education program.

"While in space, I had the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments and environmental research, but what was most rewarding was speaking to students," Garriott further commented. "Growing up in an astronaut family, I firmly believed that every person could go to space, and now I have. I took this opportunity to inspire them with my adventure and let them know they can achieve their wildest dreams, as well with hard work and perseverance."

While aboard the ISS, Garriott regularly chronicled his experiences, posting them to his personal Web site dedicated to the interstellar expedition.