This is quite cool: Richard Garriott, the millionaire creator of the Ultima series of fantasy role-playing videogames, is now in orbit! Garriott is one of the board members of Space Adventures Ltd., the space tourism company which has been sending people up to the ISS since 2001. He blasted off from Kazakhstan in a Soyuz TMA-13 capsule at 3:01 pm EDT today.
It’s no surprise that Garriott would do such a thing: he’s well-known for exceptional antics. For years, he held elaborate haunted houses at his home, Brittania Manor.
He also deserves credit for making one of the first truly literary video games, in Ultima IV. When I first played it years ago, I was incredibly surprised to find that the ‘quest’ was not the destruction of some ultimate evil, but rather the moral perfection of one’s own character! Ultima IV was the first video game that really made me think about the consequences of one’s actions.
Anyway, best of luck to Garriott during his stay on the ISS and in his return journey!