Earth to Richard Garriott!

Immortality offered - but only if you're an United States citizen.

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Immortal! I am immortal!! Eheheheh!!!
Immortal! I am immortal!! Eheheheh!!!
We remember when, at best, you'd get a ratty t-shirt or maybe a poster featuring Maria Whittaker (look her up on the Internet kids) to convince you to get a game. How times have changed, now you're being offered life everlasting and you don't even have to be 'ligious.

Yes, Richard Garriott, the man behind the classic Ultima games - and to an extent Wing Commander - is offering immortality to gamers when he visits the International Space Station in October 2008. Well, he and NCSoft are.

According to the blurb, "As part of NCsoft’s 'Operation Immortality', Richard Garriott – the man who created Tabula Rasa, a massively multi-player online PC game that explores the destruction of Earth – is now venturing into space to save humanity."

Perspective anybody?

Yes, it's a way to pimp Tabula Rasa. Apparently, if you play the game this qualifies you to have you DNA "sequenced, digitised and sent into space on the Immortality Drive". We tend to think of it more as 'The Increduylity USB Stick' but we're cynics.

Apparently, Lord British as was, "will place the Immortality Drive on the International Space Station when he travels there in autumn."

We don't want to continue, we're cringing a little too much at the sheer, bare-faced audacity of the press release. It continues, "In addition, all players worldwide with active retail accounts on September 2, 2008 will have their Tabula Rasa characters uploaded to the device, giving them the opportunity to go to space virtually."

Yes, really, you have the chance for your game character to go into space. This apparently means that you are virtually also in space. And we are allowing people who believe this to have their DNA sequenced and saved for perpetuity?

Remember though, if you're not from the United States, your DNA is not worthy. According a quote attributed to Garriott,"A select few U.S. players will have their DNA digitised and sent. And, theoretically, if anything happens to the human race, it could be their DNA that is used to resurrect humanity."

SPOnG urges you all - whether you are a heathen, in-bred cretin or you are from the United States to find out more over at Operation Immortality. Because, frankly, we are too stunned right now.

We, instead, are getting onto the Yorkshire Space Agency to discover how we can get our DNA into a charabang and over to Filey for the afternoon - an afternoon in Filey being fairly similar to eternity.
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haritori 30 Jul 2008 18:53
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Just what i want, aliens getting my DNA sequence and taking over the world with clones of me!

how do i prove im the real one?
tyrion 30 Jul 2008 18:57
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haritori wrote:
Just what i want, aliens getting my DNA sequence and taking over the world with clones of me!

But then you can be Earth's secret weapon, able to infiltrate the aliens' strongholds at will, wreaking our terrible revenge until they scarper.
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Tim Smith 30 Jul 2008 19:02
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tyrion wrote:
haritori wrote:
Just what i want, aliens getting my DNA sequence and taking over the world with clones of me!

But then you can be Earth's secret weapon, able to infiltrate the aliens' strongholds at will, wreaking our terrible revenge until they scarper.


Oh for goodness sake, the Robot Overlords won't let the aliens in you noobs.

Cheers

Tim

Please note that I do not believe that the Robot Overlords will take over nor that there are aliens.... however, on the off chance that the Robot Overlords do take-over, I personally have always had a great deal of time for corn liquor distilled in the chest of a friendly Robot Overlord and I feel that they will do an extremely good job of everything.
haritori 30 Jul 2008 19:16
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tyrion wrote:
But then you can be Earth's secret weapon, able to infiltrate the aliens' strongholds at will, wreaking our terrible revenge until they scarper.


OK, as long as i can hack the alien mother ship with an apple mac and have a Will Smith style buudy to fly a technology he has just seen 5 mins before actually flying it, as for Robot Overlords tehy will allow the aliens in to allow the new technology in then we all become borgs!
config 30 Jul 2008 19:49
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Maria Whitaker, as featured on the box art of Palace's Barbarian II

She's the one with the big tits and bad hair on the right. Sorry, my bad, I mean the left;
Twoozle 30 Jul 2008 20:54
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config wrote:
Maria Whitaker, as featured on the box art of Palace's Barbarian II

When the hell was that???

DoctorDee 31 Jul 2008 07:39
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Twoozle wrote:
When the hell was that???


If you'd clicked the link http://spong.com/game/11003076 you'd see: 1988 ;-)


Rod Todd 31 Jul 2008 07:52
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There's a good chance that some of the select few may outlive the DNA sequence that is on the space station. The ISS project ends in 2017. Orbits decay.

The international space station, like Skylab and Mir before it, will one day burn up as its orbit decays. That day may well be 50 years hence, though the ISS's highly elliptical orbit suggest otherwise. But most people alive today are expected to live past 100.

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