Believe it or not, this is probably not even in the top ten weirdest things that people have asked Elon Musk to do on Twitter. Remember when PewDiePie asked Musk to put Pickle Rick on a rocket and shoot it into space? Or the time PaladinAmber asked to be shot into space so she could clean up “space trash”? Yeah, that was pretty wild.
Here we have Lyubomir Vladimirov, a Bulgarian indie dev with a far humbler request. He just wants to make a game about surviving on Mars, and he wants SpaceX to be the star. He’s already modeled the Tesla Truck and SpaceX flight suit well before he was ever given permission to do so, but recently he got the nod from Musk himself to at least use the SpaceX name.
And it only took him 154 tries to get that permission.
Almost half a year ago, Vladimirov began a quest to get Musk’s attention and secure his approval for using SpaceX in his game. Every day, he tweeted at Musk and asked to use SpaceX’s name and logos in Mars Is Flat, which is the name of the game he’s making.
On January 13, 2021, Vladimirov finally got his wish.
“You can steal our name/logos & we probably won’t sue you,” Musk tweeted. Mission accomplished. Probably.
Vladimirov began working on Mars Is Flat last month starting with modeling a Tesla Truck, which isn’t exactly the sort of vehicle you’d expect to find on Mars. Then he began modeling the character using the SpaceX flight suit. After that, he finally got around to building the game world and some mechanics that didn’t involve SpaceX, like a cargo elevator for the rocket.
If that didn’t make it clear that this guy is a bit of a Musk/Tesla/SpaceX fanboy, before starting work on Mars Is Flat he tweeted out that he’d give SpaceX 80% of the profits for his game once it goes on sale.
“That way the game will not only serve the important purpose of entertaining people and sparking their interest in Mars,” Vladimirov wrote, “but it will actually help @elonmusk and SpaceX achieve it.”
So maybe Musk just thought of his struggling business empire when he decided to give Vladimirov permission to use the SpaceX name. But given the fact he’s currently the world’s richest man, probably not.
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