first space station game developed in collaboration with NASA
through a Space Act Agreement!
May 31, 2006
Agreement from NASA
MARYLAND GAME DEVELOPER VISION VIDEOGAMES RECEIVES
NASA SPACE ACT AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP SPACE STATION GAME
of Towson, Maryland received a Space Act Agreement from The National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) earlier this month to develop their PC/PS2/Xbox
game, SpaceStationSim, due for consumer release this Christmas season. The Space
Act Agreement is a continuation of one received by GRS Games before Vision Videogames
management bought out the company in March 2006.
The Space Act Agreement allows
Vision Videogames a flow of information from, and access to, NASA personnel so
the company can gather information to build their game. "The assistance and support
from NASA is invaluable and the enthusiasm of NASA personnel has been great,"
according to Bill Mueller, president of Vision Videogames. "We believe that one
real day at NASA is more exciting than an imaginary day anywhere else, we intend
to bring to a whole generation of young people, a sense of ownership in, and dedication
"The game has captured everyone's imagination. We have individuals
and international agencies including JAXA (The Japanese Space Agency) volunteering
to help us with drawings, science, music Ð anything you can imagine," says Mueller.
"We even have individuals from NASA volunteering to be beta testers for the game."
In SpaceStationSim, the player assumes the roll of the Chief Administrator of
NASA, creating astronaut crewmembers with unique needs, abilities and personalities
while managing their activities and personal relationships. Astronauts will face
mission critical situations, including micro meteor strikes and decompression
while conducting micro gravity experiments and dealing with hilarious but troublesome
space tourists shipped aboard by the Russians. SpaceStationSim is a true 3-D construction
SIM that encourages a player to use their imagination and build thousands of different
configurations of the International Space Station (ISS).