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EA Is Sending Video Games to Space: Amazing or Asinine?

Gaming 2012/02/17 20:51:34
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In 1949, the U.S. made Albert II the first monkey in space. In 1961, the Soviet Union made Yuri Gagarin the first human being in space. Earlier this year, two Canadian teens sent the first LEGO man to space. Next week, Electronic Arts will set a new record by sending the first video games to space, and if you're lucky enough to catch one of them on the way down, it's yours. The publisher will attach six copies of "Mass Effect 3" into space some time next week to weather balloons, which will take the games to "the edge of interstellar space" and then send them back to earth.

According to G4, each copy will be launched from a different location: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, London and Paris. (Suck it, Russia!) Fans will be able to track the games with built-in GPS devices, and when they touch down -- be it in your backyard or the middle of an ocean -- retrieving the items will be a free-for-all. It's obviously just a gimmick, but it's a pretty nifty gimmick if you ask us!

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  • Thaevoo 2013/01/02 08:33:33
    Asinine
    Thaevoo
    If only it was a company that didn't suck ass.
  • Sub - Zero55 2012/03/31 14:13:02 (edited)
    Asinine
    Sub - Zero55
    so, a game floats in space for no reason because some dude just put it somewhere.

    F-F-F-F-fail
  • Bob DiN 2012/03/05 10:24:19
    Asinine
    Bob DiN
    How strange, what good id this/
  • Jeffrey C 2012/03/05 04:39:43
    Asinine
    Jeffrey C
    +1
    how about instead of sending them into space, release the game early so we can all actually play it?
  • StevenM 2012/03/04 20:20:23
    Asinine
    StevenM
    +2
    this makes sence because....
  • Trish 2012/03/04 15:06:13
    Asinine
    Trish
    +2
    WTF THEY SHOULD BE ON EARTH BEING PLAYED!! WHAT HAS THIS WORLD COME TOO?????
  • FIGHTEROFFOO 2012/03/04 06:56:04
    Asinine
    FIGHTEROFFOO
    +1
    A waste of money. It seems the world, nevermind the world, America has more pressing issues! And watch if a copy is actually retrieved some idiot will waste even more money to buy it off e-bay.
  • Tylurr 2012/03/03 18:50:20
    Asinine
    Tylurr
    +2
    It's interesting, I'll give it that, but still...There's no point in it. What if something goes wrong and they go for a freefall to earth? That's a perfectly good game gone to waste.
  • Wolverineland 2012/03/03 15:32:37
    Asinine
    Wolverineland
    +1
    Remember when Cartman froze himself because he couldn't wait for the Wii to come out and when he woke up in the future, technology was so advanced that he didn't have anything primitive enough to hook up to his antique Wii to? Hope the aliens have joysticks and televisions to play the game. primitive hook antique wii hope aliens joysticks televisions play game
  • ahbmasg486bd 2012/03/03 01:24:00
    Asinine
    ahbmasg486bd
    +2
    People are just doing this for the sake of sending this into space. It would make more sense if they were sending them up to the space stations to give the men up there something to occupy themselves with. But they're not doing that so it makes no sense whatsoever.
  • ShinyUmbreon01 2012/03/03 00:20:02
    Amazing
    ShinyUmbreon01
    AWWWW YEAAAH.

    happy face
  • Harley Quinn 2012/03/02 18:51:57
    Asinine
    Harley Quinn
    +1
    I love video games...but, yeah...not cool.
  • baboula 2012/03/02 17:47:17
    Asinine
    baboula
    who do they think will play them? And do I want to know?
  • Bronar 2012/03/02 16:21:28
    Amazing
    Bronar
    +1
    Amazing, hardly, but look at the free press it's generating. Sounds like good marketing to me if we are talking about it.
  • Christi 2012/03/02 01:31:30
    Asinine
    Christi
    +1
    i think that it is kinda retarded
  • MC Demonwolf 2012/03/01 15:34:38
    Asinine
    MC Demonwolf
    +2
    Give it up EA, now you're just trying too hard.
  • budgerigar42 2012/02/29 02:32:13
    Amazing
    budgerigar42
    Woahhhh... once they did this with cheese.
    It will be awesome if you get to be the lucky person who ends up with obscure space junk falling out of the sky in their backyard and it turns out it's a free video game.
    BTW, I wanna try ME3!!
  • David 2012/02/24 15:02:46
    Asinine
    David
    As players are earthbound, this is the equivalent of putting us on time out, way out!
  • animelover123 2012/02/24 04:00:54
    Amazing
    animelover123
    +1
    Amazing but I have no idea why they would do that
  • Chocola... animelo... 2012/02/29 18:17:58
    ChocolateAttack
    it's kinda pointless /:
  • animelo... Chocola... 2012/03/01 01:15:36
    animelover123
    Yeah it is, maybe their hopeing some creatures from outer space will come and check it out hahaha
  • Chocola... animelo... 2012/03/01 02:54:09
    ChocolateAttack
    hahahaha xDDD yeah maybe they're not selling enough and they want to see if some aliens want to buy their product. FREE SHIPPING! XD
  • animelo... Chocola... 2012/03/02 02:42:10
    animelover123
    +1
    Hahahahahaha Yeah be like once in a life time sell!!!! Everything is free all you need to do is go through training and get on the rocketship!
  • Chocola... animelo... 2012/03/02 04:11:14
    ChocolateAttack
    hahahaha xDD
  • animelo... Chocola... 2012/03/05 00:15:12
    animelover123
    haha-^_^-
  • Juanb 2012/02/23 23:20:38 (edited)
    Asinine
    Juanb
    +1
    They should send lady gaga Cds to the sun
  • Smuwf, Twin 2012/02/23 14:23:38
    Amazing
    Smuwf, Twin
    Its cool but I dont quite understand the whole point of sending a 60euro disc into space...Its like throwing stones at a boulder
  • ryan.noh1 2012/02/23 01:33:51
  • whipnet ryan.noh1 2012/02/23 04:15:06
    whipnet
    Now tell us how you really feel. :)~
  • Stacie's Mirage 2012/02/22 17:57:14
    Asinine
    Stacie's Mirage
    whatever....
  • *The Gentle Giant* 2012/02/22 17:25:05
    Amazing
    *The Gentle Giant*
    +2
    But how am i suppose to play the game when its in space....???
  • Jackie 2012/02/22 14:29:53 (edited)
    Asinine
    Jackie
    I dont know why theyre doing this and it might cost them more money than just doing a raffle... but i wish wish wish one of those mass effect games flew to my house. cuz i love mass effect!!! i've already played the awesome demo!
  • Teh MIghty Pyro 2012/02/22 09:27:13
    Asinine
    Teh MIghty Pyro
    lol
  • sherk 2012/02/22 05:44:57
  • Fox Avis 2012/02/22 04:13:33
  • Brian 2012/02/21 20:44:25 (edited)
    Amazing
    Brian
    Why are people assuming the games aren't going to survive the trip? Like they're going to spend the money to get them to space and install GPS signals, but not use a protective case?

    It's clearly a publicity stunt, and far less obnoxious than launching an ad campaign. I think it's clever.
  • D S Brian 2012/02/21 22:13:19
    D S
    It is cleaver but EA has turned into a CRAP Co. They stand behind "Nothing". One day perhaps they will pull their heads out. I would love to see them go belly up with thier "Origin" POS. I'll not buy from them again...
  • whipnet Brian 2012/02/23 04:17:02
    whipnet
    Great, so there will be packages weighing several pounds hurdling toward us at terminal velocity? Sweet.
  • Brian whipnet 2012/02/23 07:15:16
    Brian
    Video games only weight about 6 ounces, and tens of thousands of weather balloons are released every year. They rarely do damage, and when they do it's usually something like a cracked windshield.
  • whipnet Brian 2012/02/23 14:05:02
    whipnet
    +1
    Umm... gee thanks.

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