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In the future, astronauts might play MMORPGs to fend off boredom, July 17, 2013

Sheryl Bishop, who studies human performance in extreme environments at UTMB, thinks games will have an important role to play in keeping astronauts sharp and alert on long missions. Playing a game with a computer (or with the same small group of people you're trapped on a spaceship with) can remove some of the surprise and unpredictability that makes gaming a powerful boredom cure. So Bishop, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) player herself, started thinking about the benefits of playing against a changing and unfamiliar cadre of real people.


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