Mars rover games land on Kinect, in browsers

NASA's Curiosity mission can be observed and simulated at home with several releases across Xbox Live, PC, mobile phones.

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NASA hopes gamers won't let trained scientists hog all the fun of extraterrestrial discovery with the release of several games featuring the soon-to-land Mars rover, Curiosity. The space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced a Kinect-enabled landing game for Xbox 360 as well as a browser-based simulation of Curiosity's endeavors on the red planet.

A little to the--whoops. Well, what's 2.5 billion taxpayer dollars between friends?

The Kinect game is called Mars Rover Landing and is available for free on Xbox Live. It tasks users with guiding the rover's lander safely to the surface by controlling its thrusters with body movements. A Unity-enabled simulation will also allow users to view Curiosity's activities on Mars as the rover gathers information about whether Mars once had the capacity to support life. Another version allows players to navigate Curiosity's locomotion systems across a full 3D terrain map of Gale Crater, the rover's mission area.

"Because Mars exploration is fundamentally a shared human endeavor, we want everyone around the globe to have the most immersive experience possible," said Michelle Viotti, Mars public engagement manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA is offering beta access to the simulation in advance of Curiosity's landing, which is set for around 10:30 p.m. PDT on August 5.

Several other games and utilities will be released on PC and across mobile phones to promote awareness and enthusiasm for the landing and ensuing mission.

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zaiwen
zaiwen

search for decepticon remnants initiated

woodyfr
woodyfr

If we can't find some E.T or Transformers it's not really interesting. :D

SolidTy
SolidTy

Trying to make Kinect relevant....to bad it's after all this time on the market we realize the truth. Better luck next time with Kinect 2 HD for 720.

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

The rover will be impossible to land with Kinect due to the lag. Conventional controls FTW.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Space makes for good fantasy and scifi but exploring mars for real sounds like a nice rat hole to throw money down. 

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

 @SolidTy I think that the current Kinect is a good first attempt at the technology; yes, it's not perfect, but it's not a total failure.  Having said that, IMO Kinect is still about 2 generations away from being really good; Kinect 2 should be an improvement, but I think Kinect 3 will really shine.

 

Destrond
Destrond

 @SolidTy Agreed. I hoped the Kinect would do well, but developers just weren't touching it. Then Steel Battalion tried to take the reigns, and while the game was impressive, the kinect ruined everything. Its so saddening.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Shame-usBlackley 

Ahh yes, because NASA has no-lag communication with the REAL rover?

 

You do realize that any lag Kinect has with this game is minuscule when compared to the actual lag that NASA deals with when controlling the real rover on mars.  

 

So, I deem your post 'ignorant' and senseless.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @Rayzakk You say that now, but wait until the West-Antarctic Ice Sheet has collapsed and runaway climate changed has ruined the earth. We'll need a new place to live.

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

 @Landsharkk Call it what you want, but however much lag the actual NASA equipment has, I'm sure it has far less than Kinect does. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

 @Spartan_418 LOL that's funny... Oh wait you're serious?  We will need a place to live?  More like future generations.  If the Earth can be ruined by the short period of time that industrialization has been on the Earth then we'd just destroy any other planet.  Nope still think it's a waste. 

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

 @Landsharkk You were discussing facts, I was having fun at your expense. Two complete different things.

 

Again, because you're obviously tone deaf, you missed the fact that I was MAKING FUN of Kinect by comparing it to something that is naturally laggy given its distance travelled in relation to its point of origin. And in your rush to defend your favorite corporate entity, you missed my sarcasm and started busting out all kinds of space to earth transmission rates for NASA and just generally being really fvcking nerdy, which I thought was awesome.

 

 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Shame-usBlackley 

Well, my opinion on the game BF3 is 10/10.

 

But we were never discussing opinions with this article, we were discussing FACTS.  

 

You said,

"Egghead, what I was doing is analogizing the proven and consistent lag in Kinect as a device, and making an outlandish claim (laggier than space) to make a funny, erroneously assuming that little console warriors like yourself would see it as such. Thanks for the entertainment, regardless. "

 

When communication fails, who do you blame, the speaker or the listener?

 

Your cry for attention is rather unfortunate.  When you start calling people names then you are failing at communication.

 

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

 @Landsharkk And if you want to talk about something really embarrassing, let's talk about why you gave Battlefield 3 a 10. :P

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

@Landsharkk

Embarrassment? I think this is funny, because you're too thick to realize when someone is fvcking with you. Do you really believe that I'd taken the time to measure the lag from space to back up an argument about Kinect (you did, however, and I find that fascinating!)

 

Egghead, what I was doing is analogizing the proven and consistent lag in Kinect as a device, and making an outlandish claim (laggier than space) to make a funny, erroneously assuming that little console warriors like yourself would see it as such. Thanks for the entertainment, regardless. 

 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Shame-usBlackley 

So, you've taken your original comment of:

 

"The rover will be impossible to land with Kinect due to the lag. Conventional controls FTW."

 

and

 

"Call it what you want, but however much lag the actual NASA equipment has, I'm sure it has far less than Kinect does. "

 

and turned it into senseless bashing.  You should really feel proud of yourself.  Even when proven wrong you still respond with a senseless and immature comment.

 

I would suggest that you instead have started off with, "I don't like Kinect".   Straight to the point and it would have prevented further embarrassment upon yourself.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Shame-usBlackley 

Again, ignorant and senseless.

 

Mars is 35 million miles away.  The communication signal between Earth and Mars travels at 186,000 miles/sec.  This means, it takes 188 seconds (3 minutes and 8 seconds) for the communication that's sent from NASA to reach the receiving device on Mars

 

(35 million miles) / (186000 miles/sec) = 188 sec.

 

 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

 @Spartan_418 As if you weren't being dismissive.  I was also unaware gamespot was a classy place. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

 @Spartan_418 Drop me a line whenever you get to whatever planet your going to. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @Rayzakk "ruined by the short period of time that industrialization has been on the Earth"

 

This is the standard conservative view of environmentalism, and it's wrong. Humans can have and have had a very negative impact upon this planet.

 

Mars, as far as we know, doesn't have any existing life or ecosystems for us to ruin, so even if we ruined it, we would be ruining systems that we created. Very different from ruining all of Earth's ecosystems that have existed for millions of years before us.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Rayzakk 

You do realize that any and all space and planet exploration benefits all future space and planet exploration, right?  I'm not suggesting Mars, but what we learn about exploring Mars might very well be used in living elsewhere in space.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

 @Landsharkk LOL and your suggesting our future is living on mars and we should start preparing for it now. 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Rayzakk 

So are you suggesting we wait until the earth is just about dead before we spend time and money exploring other worlds?  By then it will be too late.