"Scientists at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space center have revealed that theyare extremely close to accomplishing what experts once thought to be impossible: running EA;s PC shooter Crysis at maximum settings. Using a custom built Cray XT3 Opteron supercomputer, NASA's engineers, in partnership with a team of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, claim to to have actually run the game at full capacity for 10 minutes before a total fatal system crash. "It's been hard," comments NASA project lead James Ferguson, "but challenges like this are why we do what we do. Hearing everyone applaud in the control room when we got the first level up and running was a feeling I'll never forget. This has been a real journey for the whole team...even a few months ago we weren't able to put the sliders up past half before it crippled the system. Now we're playing for five, ten minutes at a time at full resolution with no demonstrative frame lag."
Although progress has been good, time is of the essence, as recent rumors have speculated that a rival team in China will be attempting a full run-through of the game within the next month. Still Ferguson remains confident. "I believe in America's know-hoe, and I guarantee we'll be the first country on Earth to run Crysis. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sign off on a shipment of Red Bull. It's gonna be a long night"
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