Kerbal Space Program

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How do you deal with a software release that goes bad? Ask Squad, creators of the fantastic Kerbal Space Program , a fun game where players create their own space program and try to build a space-worthy craft, capable of flying its crew out into space without killing them. The collection of parts must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn't).

But shortly after hyping the release of a new patch to the game ("Asteroid Redirect Mission" or ARM), Squad was bitten by the notorious Space Kraken: a game breaking bug was discovered that pushed the patch release into "sometime in April." Fans were not happy. Fortunately, Squad took the high road. They publicly admitted to the P.R. error and asked their fans for understanding. Then they quickly issued fixes for that bug as well as a small game-save bug that cropped up, putting all their energy behind making things right. With fans appeased, anticipation again mounts for the Kerbal Space Program to leave Alpha development phase.

Though development does still have a long way to go, KSP is already rich with content and has a large modding community. If you have any interest in physics based space games, this one is genuinely a step up from anything else, even Orbiter. You'll need a high-end gaming computer at the moment. Check the forums for details, including issues regarding 64 bit and Linux support.

Asteroids was never this much fun, or as difficult!

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[2014-04-02 14:53 UTC: re-edited for clarity: the PR was about the asteroid redirect patch]

I don't mind the editing....but.... (Score: 5, Informative)

by on 2014-04-02 13:15 (#Y9)

....this is not accurate:

"But shortly after hyping the release of KSP"

The hype was over the NASA affiliated ARM patch. KSP is likely 2 years away (or more) from official release.
The edited version is much more readable than my original drivel. But the P.R. blunder was about the ARM patch, not the general release.
Just clarifying.

Pslytely Psycho...
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