Mina avatarer i rymden (whoopie whee?)

Jag fick det här meddelandet igår kväll:
"Thank you for participating in Operation Immortality! Through your dedicated effort to save humanity we have secured the Sgurr Tabula Rasa characters aboard the Immortality Drive,
which is now safely stored on the International Space Station."

Det verkar alltså som om mina halvtaskiga Tabula Rasa-figurer nu finns med ombord på ISS. Jag hade glömt att jag anmälde mig till detta lilla äventyr. Jag får ingen riktig SoW-känsla av detta men ändå... Jag kan inte låta bli att undra över hur de har det där. Springer de omkring automatiserat i Tabula Rasa-världen? Eller ligger de i virtuell dvala på ett sunkigt litet usb-minne, bara ettorånollor?

Bakgrunden är ju att Richard Garriott har varit på rymdresa till ISS. Garriott (eller Lord British som han kallas) är skaparen av MMORPGet Tabula Rasa och Ultima-serien. Han har varit ute på rymdresa sedan mitten av oktober och skall väl landa idag, om det går som det skall. Han bloggar om sin rymdfärd också.

Så här beskrivs Tabula Rasa-delen av rymdfärden:

Operation Immortality

Could you be the savior of humankind? NCsoft will be launching the “Immortality Drive” – a time capsule with the digitized DNA of select video game players and space aficionados – into orbit when Richard Garriott travels to the International Space Station. During the campaign, Tabula Rasa players had the chance to have their DNA sequenced, digitized and sent into space on the Immortality Drive. Other items included on the capsule are a list of humanities greatest achievements such as the greatest song of all time and the greatest technological breakthrough- which was all voted on by people by going to the Tabula Rasa website. Current Tabula Rasa players, or those who downloaded and played the free trial, were also be able to enter a personal message and upload their character for inclusion on the Drive.

“I’ve been able to do some very exciting things in the games business, but nothing of this magnitude,” said Garriott, executive producer for Tabula Rasa at NCsoft. “I’m thrilled we can offer the once in a lifetime chance to millions of gamers to virtually go to space with me. A select few will have their DNA digitized and sent. And, theoretically, if anything happens to the human race, it could be their DNA that is used to resurrect humanity.”

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