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Remember yesterday when 22 Cans’s new game Curiosity missed its scheduled release date? Well it turns out that the reason is that it needs a new name, thanks to NASA.

Molyneux revealed on Twitter that the game needed renaming thanks to it sharing a name with NASA’s robot which is trundling around Mars. “Humm there is a problem [with] the name Curiosity, we can’t use it because of NASA,” he wrote. “I wonder what one word would sum up Curiosity: The Cube.”

The official Twitter account of 22 Cans also confirmed the name change: “Due to NASA and the Martians we are wondering what we should officially name our first experiment Curiosity…”

Now I don’t think this is NASA claiming ownership of the world “Curiosity,” it’s more likely that Molyneux doesn’t want people talking about the game and having it confused with the Mars rover. Especially when the whole idea is that the game is a social experiment, if the social aspect is getting muddled up with something else it’s not exactly going to work is it.

So what should it be called? Share your ideas below.

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Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89

Peter Molyneux’s Curiosity Needs a New Name Because of NASA

Remember yesterday when 22 Cans's new game Curiosity missed its scheduled release date? Well it turns out that the reason is that it needs a new name, thanks to NASA.

By Matthew Bennett | 08/23/2012 09:20 AM PT

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Remember yesterday when 22 Cans’s new game Curiosity missed its scheduled release date? Well it turns out that the reason is that it needs a new name, thanks to NASA.

Molyneux revealed on Twitter that the game needed renaming thanks to it sharing a name with NASA’s robot which is trundling around Mars. “Humm there is a problem [with] the name Curiosity, we can’t use it because of NASA,” he wrote. “I wonder what one word would sum up Curiosity: The Cube.”

The official Twitter account of 22 Cans also confirmed the name change: “Due to NASA and the Martians we are wondering what we should officially name our first experiment Curiosity…”

Now I don’t think this is NASA claiming ownership of the world “Curiosity,” it’s more likely that Molyneux doesn’t want people talking about the game and having it confused with the Mars rover. Especially when the whole idea is that the game is a social experiment, if the social aspect is getting muddled up with something else it’s not exactly going to work is it.

So what should it be called? Share your ideas below.

0   POINTS
0   POINTS



About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89