Jun 09, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
Think about it.
In real life right now, we have guns that can shoot several times a second and hit whatever you aim at pretty much instantly. Sci/fi guns seem to fall into two categories- Star Trek-like phasers or Star Wars-like blasters.
If you have ever watched Star Trek, it's obvious how frigging useless phasers are; they shoot a beam that gives away your position, can apparently only shoot once every few seconds and aren't effective on half the things you shoot at - take the Borg for example - immune to phasers after a few shots.
In Star Wars it's even worse - blasters not only give away your position and don't shoot nearly as quickly as a regular gun, but move so slowly through the air that anyone but a tortoise with emphysema has time to jump the hell out of the way.
Personally, I prefer the old-fashioned death ray. A handy tool for global domination, frequently utilized by mad scientists, international megalomaniacs, super-villains, and invaders from Mars.