Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play Video Games in Space?

March 24, 2009 -

Video games came up when President Obama made a long-distance phone call to the International Space Station this morning.

As reported by ABC News, Obama, some members of Congress and a group of Washington, D.C. school kids spent 28 minutes videoconferencing with the crew of the shuttle Discovery.

The Prez was friendly and conversational with the astronauts. When it came time for some questions from the students, the first one was, "Can you play video games in space?"

Obama dutifully relayed the question to the crew. Perhaps surprisingly, the answer that came back was yes, you can play video games in space.

In fact, one of the astronauts (we're not clear as to which one) replied:

We can, in fact. And in fact a few years ago when I was up here for six months I had a video game that I used to play in my spare time. Unfortunately, we don't have much spare time.

 

So we can, we have a lot of laptop computers. But for the most part we stay real busy doing real work.


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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

I bet they play Backyardigans: Mission to Mars.  That game is set aboard the Space Shuttle, and it's just about the difficulty level that folks at NASA would be able to handle.

Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

I can imagine when Astronaughts are not working, they are playing on their nintendo DS and they lose their stylus pen because they forgot to put it in the DS back of it. 

Then the pen would just float away.

 

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 LOL, I just noticed that in the picture, it looks like Obama is looking at the sky while he's talking to them.  or more like looking up out the window.

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Think they ever played this in space?

http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-2600/space-shuttle-a-journey-into-space

If so, seems kinda redundant.

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You ...

Nah, more likely this one:

http://www.mobygames.com/game/shuttle

That one was more of a challenge.

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If I were in space I'd try playing a star wars game myself.

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You ...

Its clear that they play DDR in space

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I woulda pissed my pants if they came back with "Yeah, we play a GTA with a mod that lets us shoot space cops". 

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

Would the PS3 six axis, or the Wiimote work in zero G though? Seriously though; if I could get to fly the space shuttle around in space, why would I need a video game

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

 

Yeah I would like to do this experiment.  I'm a bit of a scientist myself also.  I like to do this experiment.

Can somebody write up a experiment and come up with a hypothesis for it??

Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

You actually make a good point about the six axis and Wiimote. Can the motion sensors work without gravity?

Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

Let's hope nobody brought a gun with them.  Lord knows what might happen if they play GTA IV too long.

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How's the ping up there?

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Let me guess: Dead Space?

 

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You ...

lol, that was a good one. Yeah, playing dead space and watching Alien and Event Horizon.

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Those are excellent ways never to sleep again.

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That's like the time i was walking home alone at night with Silent Hill Homecoming...just flat out asking for some smack-down from the gods of irony and coincidence.

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I'm actually making another trip to Centralia, Pennsylvania, the place the movie is based off of.  I went once alone, and it creeped the hell out of me, but walking was unsafe if I went too far so I decided not to explore the whole place.

Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

lol, of course they can play videogames in space. Stuff doesn't just stop working when you get up there. But I imagine that when you get into space, playing videogames suddenly doesn't seem as interesting anymore.

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

Wasn't this news in the 1980s when the Russian cosmonauts took Game Boys with them so they could play Tetris?

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

Well, the Gameboy was released in Japan in mid-1989, so I doubt you're thinking of that particular handheld. Perhaps it was Nintendo's Game & Watch system (which was bundled with Tetris) or the Russian G&W knock-off Elektronika (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektronika#Electronic_toys). 

Only reason I'm digging this much into this was my own first thought to your post, which was "huh, I thought Game Boy came out in the early 90's."

The more you know!

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

And knowing is half the battle.

Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They've got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however...

Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You Play

Can't help but laugh.

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 I just can't help but picture the russian dude from "armageddon" playing WoW.

 

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I can only imagine the lag.

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Re: Obama & Kids Call Astronauts, Want to Know: Can You ...

They are, as it says in the article, kids.  They are curious and ask whatever pops into their heads.  Give'm a break, man. I'm sure you weren't Sir Isaac Newton at the age of 13, either.

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