Richard Garriott created the blockbuster game Ultima Online, paid his way onto a Russian rocket and has traveled deep beneath Antarctica. So, yeah, he's pumped about today's NASA news.
"People should not underestimate the data associated with proving that life can be built in new ways," he said during a telephone interview with Kotaku today.
Some may have expected NASA to announce the discovery of life on another planet, considering the anticipation building to today's press conference. The actual news, that a form of life — a microbe called GFAJ-1 found in California, to be specific — can live on arsenic instead of one of what were previously thought to be the six elements essential for life, is, to Garriott, astounding.