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

Posted on August 23, 2012 AT 07:20am

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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