Richard Garriott (* July 4, 1961, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom) is an American author and producer of computer games. He participated in the development of the Ultima, Lineage and Tabula Rasa series. In 2008, he went into space on a week-long expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) as a "space tourist" for a week.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist
Richard Garriott was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up in Nassau Bay, Texas. His father, Owen Garriott, was a NASA astronaut from 1965 to 1986 who took off twice into Earth's orbit (on Skylab 3 and STS-9 missions). Richard was already interested in programming and computer games in high school, which is probably why he did not finish his studies at the University of Texas. He created his first game - Akalabeth: World of Doom - in 1980. In the early 80's Ultima II, Ultima III ...). In 1983, he and his father and brother Robert founded his own game development company, which they called Origin Systems. In 1992, the Garriott sold it to Electronic Arts, but remained there until 2000, when it responded to the cancellation of further development by leaving and founding a new company, Destination Games, which soon became part of South Korea's NCsoft. , Wing Commander, Crusader and since 1997 MMORPG Ultima Online, Destination Games in 2007 released the MMORPG Tabula Rasa.
At the end of September 2007, Space Adventures announced that Richard Garriott would occupy the space tourist space at the Soyuz TMA-13, which launched in October 2008 to the International Space Station (ISS), to fly into space as a member of the 15th ISS Expedition. Garriott trained at the Astronaut Training Center (CPK) in Star City, which cost him $ 30 million. He launched into space on October 12, 2008 aboard the Soyuz TMA-13, along with Expedition 18 members Yuri Lonchakov and Michael Finck. At the station, he engaged in medical-biological experiments performed for the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, as well as popularization and educational activities. He returned to Earth on October 24, 2008 in the Soyuz TMA-12 with Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko.
Pictures, sounds or videos about Richard Garriott on Wikimedia Commons
Richard Garriott's personal website
Web Space Adventures dedicated to Garriot's space flight