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Nasa has launched a free game for Kinect owners which sees players guide the Mars Rover through its landing sequence. The game - a joint venture with Smoking Gun Interactive - puts players through the "seven minutes of terror" landing procedure, which makes use of Nasa's as-yet-untested system for reducing the vehicle's speed …

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JDX
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Any idea how much of a simulation this is rather than a fun little time-killer?

Also - I'm guessing the screenshot is not what a successful landing should look like. Success means slow and boring and precise.

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> Also - I'm guessing the screenshot is not what a successful landing should look like. Success means slow and boring and precise.

That and the fact that you'd need to land exactly in front of the camera on a tripod that was left by the previous mission.

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Devil

Control??

A true simulation will be REALLY boring, you have to wait minutes between making a move and getting some feedback!

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Enders Game

Recruiting for a future mission perhaps?

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Anyone going to add a Beagle-2 mod ... where the Xbox ignores the controller and lets the probe plunge to its doom!

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Happy

RROD?

Isn't this already built in?

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Nice.

Now if only I was one of the two or three people with a Kinect...

Surely a mobile version would be more widely used?

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JDX
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Re: Nice.

Worst troll ever - Kinect is a massive success you tard.

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Re: Nice.

...and a reply from the resident Microserf? I should have guessed.

When I see anybody I know, at all, who has a Kinect, I might take you even semi-seriously. This thing would probably garner more attention as a ROM available for DS R4 carts, as it will as Kinect software.

Not saying I don't want a go but.. Kinect? Really?

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Do you get to fire the Heat Ray?

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Anonymous Coward

Ooooooo-laaaaa

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Happy

Ah nuts, I'd forgotten about Thrust on the beeb until I saw that screen shot.

/shuffles off to fire up Beebem and flush a couple of days away.

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"The game - a joint venture with Smoking Gun Interactive - puts players through the "seven minutes of terror" landing procedure"

Better than the "several years of tedium" second stage of the game, as players have to painstakingly collect and catalogue rock samples while avoiding difficult terrain, Martian storms and system malfunctions, I guess.

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So,

It's xlander?

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"Do you want to drive a car on Mars...?"

Copyright Howard Wolowitz ;-)

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I was involved in a high school robotics competition this past year, as a mentor. Teams were given free Kinects to use for controlling these machines, which were competing in a sort-of-basketball game. A lot of beautiful software, loads of lovely hardware, many terrific implementations that would shame not a few professional builders but nary a Kinect to be seen controlling any robot, not in our division which included about 200 teams.

Kinect is largely useless for this type of work. The screenshot is not at all surprising.

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"7 minutes of terror" is hardly accurate, but it's a nicely put together filler, rather than a 'game' in it's own right.

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But do they add an 8 to 40 minute comms delay

depending on the relative positions of Earth and Mars?

Just to add realism?

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God help them if they are using the kinect to control it, worst motion gaming device on the market

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