posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 08:38 AM
I've been thinking about what could help space explorers pass the long periods of isolation, and boredom on a long trip 3-9 months or more to
Currently games like Everquest, EVE online and Ultima Online provide what I believe is the cure for space blues. Right now several 100000's of
thousands of people are addicted to these social, goal and character enhancement oriented games.
Many have given up their real lives, families, and even changed jobs in order to provide more time to play these games. In essence they live in these
3D computer generated gaming worlds.
I myself did so for a few years, after an unusually difficult divorce. I would wake up play, play, play with my mind completely absorbed inside these
graphical worlds only looking up to order pizza. When I went to work I longed for the adventures and friendships with others that I met online.
I did eventually give it up for real life and I think it actually was theraputic in nature and helped me through a difficult time.
Finally, I strongly beliveve that fantasy games like these could provide mars explorers with a way to interact (run, walk, talk, and socialize) with
each other and computer generated characters and keep their minds happily occupied through the long trip to mars. It would also priovide them with a
vast 3d world to move the mind through and probably reduce the "closterphobic" (sp) problem with a small spaceship.
I do not think a humdrum made up reallity world would be as effective as it would be boring.
[edit on 23-6-2004 by Xeven]