Obama and Kids Pester Astronauts About Games


If you were a gradeschooler who had the chance to meet the President and speak to some astronauts in space, would you ask them … about videogames?

Imagine you’re a kid again. You go to school in Washington, D.C. and you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the President of the United States and other members of Congress. Not only that, but you get to join them in a videoconference with astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. You get to ask them anything you want – anything. So what do you ask them?

If you’re one particular student, apparently you ask them: “Can you play videogames in space?” I guess we know where kids’ priorities are these days.

Obama relayed the message to the crew of the Discovery and received an interesting response: You can, in fact, play videogames in space. One of the Discovery astronauts answered:

We can, in fact. And in fact a few years ago when I was up here for six months I had a video game that I used to play in my spare time. Unfortunately, we don’t have much spare time.

So we can, we have a lot of laptop computers. But for the most part we stay real busy doing real work.

I wonder what game said astronaut was playing. Maybe something portable? Using the DS in zero-gravity might be hard, when you think about it.

Man, the lag when they host must be awful.


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