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Real-Life Equivalents of Video Game Weapons 137

antdude writes "This GamesRadar article compares a bunch of fantastic video game weapons and their real-life equivalents: 'There are certain things we just accept in video games. An overweight pipe technician can jump five times his own height. A first aid kit will instantly heal bullet wounds and replace lost blood. And any theoretical physics model can be cleanly packaged into a lightweight, handheld weapon with a minimum of fuss. But in certain cases, that last one isn't too far off the truth. As guano loopy as most game weaponry is, some of it definitely isn't implausible. In fact, some of it exists already. Kind of.'"
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Real-Life Equivalents of Video Game Weapons

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  • holy shit (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 22, 2010 @03:57AM (#31227084)

    i want a portal gun

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 22, 2010 @03:59AM (#31227094)
    ... till then its too boring to even bother looking at them.
  • Crowbar (Score:5, Funny)

    by lul_wat (1623489) on Monday February 22, 2010 @04:05AM (#31227108)
    What's the real-life equivalent of the Crowbar from halflife? I always wanted one
  • by DavidD_CA (750156) on Monday February 22, 2010 @04:33AM (#31227218) Homepage

    I'm waiting for the US military to develop a Raccoon Suit (from Mario) for our solders.

    But I bet those Canadians will beat us to it.

  • Lasers (Score:4, Funny)

    by TandooriC (1525601) on Monday February 22, 2010 @04:48AM (#31227276)
    If they can't even make sharks with lasers how can they even hope for rail guns, tesla coils and plasma rifles?
  • by antifoidulus (807088) on Monday February 22, 2010 @05:28AM (#31227464) Homepage Journal
    I want a bowel disrupter!
  • by DNS-and-BIND (461968) on Monday February 22, 2010 @06:50AM (#31227854) Homepage
    You know, I've often thought that the coolest thing in the world would be an orgasm gun. Aim, pull trigger, and the target has an orgasm. Would be fun to use against politicians making speeches, pompous university presidents, and so on.
  • Re:Medipack (Score:3, Funny)

    by Mashdar (876825) on Monday February 22, 2010 @08:51AM (#31228688)
    We tested the wait-a-week-to-heal-one-hit-point model, but it did not score well with 18-24 males.
  • Re:Crowbar (Score:3, Funny)

    by tehcyder (746570) on Monday February 22, 2010 @10:25AM (#31229566) Journal

    What's the real-life equivalent of the Crowbar from halflife?

    A crowbar.

  • by westcoast philly (991705) on Monday February 22, 2010 @10:35AM (#31229702)

    HEY!! Citing your source, complete with publication date and page numbers is not allowed! This is Slashdot, you're supposed to just spew rhetoric and car analogies.

    Please rephrase in the form of a car analogy, or state number of Libraries of Congress per second.... or it didn't happen.

  • by lul_wat (1623489) on Monday February 22, 2010 @11:03AM (#31230002)
    You know I've heard this from people before, and it always amazes me that they don't get it. All you had to do, is do a Google search on "car analogies", there are plenty of articles about the experimentation using cars as a viable means of analogy. Of course if you need a citation, get bent. As for bits of car debris, hitting the motorway at speeds of up to 60 miles per second (see youtube), they ablate, slow down, vaporize. They absolutely do become plasma and some of the larger pieces (doors) explode with kiloton force. Read about the early nuclear test ban problems involving accidental false positives, caused by small nuclear sized explosions coming from cars with sufficient mass and momentum to cause fusion explosions. That and a quick look at the fireballs created by Russian cars should put to rest and idea that cars or trucks can't cause a fusion reaction. The issue is simply one of velocity and momentum. A steel car going 20 miles per second has both. Please be so good as the do the physics before making a knee-jerk assumption. Using E=1/2MV^2, I come up with a net kinetic energy of 14 million joules focused on a circular region less than an Library of Congress across. The entire collision takes place in less than a microsecond, and in that time the entire mass of the car is rendered into ionized plasma, as is a significant amount of the surface material of the target. The reason for raising incredible rare gases to hundreds of millions of degrees is to create an atomic velocity high enough to ensure that a signification number of collisions will occur in that rarefied motoway to sustain a car analogy, analogies can occur at a much lower temperature. The incredibly hot dense soup of cars on the motorway are moving with incredible momentum, the material at the point of impact is hotter than the surface of the sun, hotter than lightening, analogies will certainly occur. Maybe not a huge amount, but some, and it will certainly make a very big mess of the slashdot.

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