Garriott to take Space Adventure

Richard Garriott, creator of the widely acclaimed fantasy role-playing realm of Ultima, light-jumped into the future with his first massively multiplayer online game project, Tabula Rasa. With his sci-fi MMOG ticking off its last few checks before launching into cyberspace on October 16, Lord...

Richard Garriott, creator of the widely acclaimed fantasy role-playing realm of Ultima, light-jumped into the future with his first massively multiplayer online game project, Tabula Rasa. With his sci-fi MMOG ticking off its last few checks before launching into cyberspace on October 16, Lord British is planning to get his own first-hand look at the inspiration for his latest creation.

Space Adventures Inc., a privately owned space-exploration company, announced today that it would be rocketing the acclaimed game designer out of this world in October 2008. Garriott, the son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, plans to dedicate his journey to the International Space Station to scientific study.

"It is my goal to devote a significant amount of my time aboard the space station to science, engineering, and educational projects... We need to be adventurous in mind and stimulate our intellects to answer today's most daunting scientific questions and to invent tomorrow's technological marvels," he said.

Garriott is the sixth space tourist to fly with Space Adventures. The first, American businessman Dennis Tito, secured a seat to the final frontier for a reported $20 million in 2001. Garriott is seeking corporate sponsorship for his expedition.

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StephenHu
StephenHu

I didn't know he was the son of an astronaut

Canitbe
Canitbe

Monstromo - Your post was both amusing and pretty intelligent for someone posting on GameSpot. You hit the nail on the head, unless of course, he can get Ncsoft and a few other publishers to sponsor (i.e. pay) for his ride through corporate swindeling of stocks.

AMDZEN
AMDZEN

Awesome. He makes some pretty cool games, Tabula Rasa is amazing. I certainly hope he gets to go.

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

I can't say I'm surprised. Lord British has always been out there a ways.

1PSman
1PSman

Yea for real Monstromo. Shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

qiwihead
qiwihead

Crikey, Monstromo, who pissed in your coffee this morning? You "don't have anything against the guy" but you seem more than happy to insult him and psychoanalyze his relationship with this father? You're a real classy dude.

xxxTTONYYxxx
xxxTTONYYxxx

im going to The bottom of the Sea on a yellow submarine =] Any One wanna sponsor that?

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I so wish I could go to space. Just so long as I can bring my PSP or DS with me in case I get bored. :P

Ghostin-Dashell
Ghostin-Dashell

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Monstromo
Monstromo

At first I thought, cool. He is putting his earnings to good use and boy he must be successful to afford this. Then, at the end the article exposed the pathetic truth about this "trip:" corporate sponsorship. This angle has been tried and has failed. If he can't pay his own freight none of us can expect him to actually go. As far as I can tell this is a weak effort to get his name in the paper. Second, it is likely that he is just feeling like a failure for not meeting his father's achievements. Take a look at his "explorer" credentials. Very weak. Also, his corporate trolling website is very thin. I am willing to take bets that Lord British will never be "Astro Boy" for real. I have nothing against the guy, but this is about as interesting piece of "news" as a K-Fed video game concept. He ain't really going people.

Ebisch
Ebisch

Garriot is the man

Targzissian
Targzissian

This is a good thing. It will get Lord British (AKA General British) some attention for his excellent games and for the game industry generally, as well as get some gamers to pay attention to real science and technology. It's like peanut-butter and chocolate. Good luck LB, and please come home safely (or else maybe your brother will have to take over your business).

starbead
starbead

He is trying to escape the backlash over releasing the half-finished Tabula Rasa. There was nowhere on Earth he could escape the embarassment.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Eh he got a family member discount ;) Never knew he was related to NASA Astronaut Garriott. Perhaps he can give his son some pointers ho how not to lose his lunch at launch :) Lets hope there is a new "Space Station PC game" comeing soon. A MMORPG game based on commercial space flight would be cool.

phalluman
phalluman

awesome. even though i hate how hard it is to kill lord british in ultima 7

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Hope there aren't any problems. It would be a shame to lose Lord British. (knocks on wood).

jenova
jenova

If it helps Lord British to make a new, REAL Ultima game, I'm all for it.

GIF
GIF

Chock this one up there with other irrelevant things people with lots of money issue as a press release to get unneeded attention. Want to impress? Be selfless instead of selfish and spend money on someone other than yourself. Donate the money to a charity or give it to some low income/bankrupt family. Help someone or people with it.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Cool. Try not to shoot at anyone while you're up there!! :P

gavin
gavin

Yeah, his father spent nearly 70 days in space! G.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

I didn't know Lord Garriot's father was an astronaut! Cool beans.

gavin
gavin

Maybe the fact that his father is vice-chairman of Space Adventures has something to do with it too... G.

Stabby
Stabby

Stop playing around and make us a dam game lol!

lamprey263
lamprey263

He should speak to the Russians, they were able to get Pizza Hut to sponsor part of their space progam, and I bet Starbucks will be next.

SkankinForFalco
SkankinForFalco

I would much rather it be Lance Bass.. But I guess we can't always get what we want.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Not only will he go to outer space.. but will give the impression for others that, people who work in games also get very rich :P Which is good :D

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

That's really great. I am happy for the man.

Sergsky
Sergsky

Cool! I am really happy for him!

Darthmatt
Darthmatt

In a fantasy world, I just want an Ultima7 remake...Avatar.

Giratina667
Giratina667

Game Designers in Space!:lol: it's nice to see people do things for the better.:)

Ludovic
Ludovic

corporate sponsorship... ok that makes sense. When I saw the title I was like : "How rich is this guy?"

teirdome
teirdome

Wow, that's money! Anybody else extremely jealous?

Magrino
Magrino

Richard Garriott, creator of the widely acclaimed fantasy role-playing realm of Ultima, light-jumped into the future with his first massively multiplayer online game project, Tabula Rasa. With his sci-fi MMOG ticking off its last few checks before launching into cyberspace on October 16, Lord British is planning to get his own first-hand look at the inspiration for his latest creation.

Space Adventures Inc., a privately owned space-exploration company, announced today that it would be rocketing the acclaimed game designer out of this world in October 2008. Garriott, the son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, plans to dedicate his journey to the International Space Station to scientific study.

"It is my goal to devote a significant amount of my time aboard the space station to science, engineering, and educational projects... We need to be adventurous in mind and stimulate our intellects to answer today's most daunting scientific questions and to invent tomorrow's technological marvels," he said.

Garriott is the sixth space tourist to fly with Space Adventures. The first, American businessman Dennis Tito, secured a seat to the final frontier for a reported $20 million in 2001. Garriott is seeking corporate sponsorship for his expedition.