Useless Sci-Fi Weapons...

  • masculumpedes

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    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. icon_twisted.gif
  • masculumpedes

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    Jun 09, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
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    Jun 09, 2010 7:02 AM GMT
    Realistic energy weapons would likely be invisible in the air and strike with a brutal punch. I doubt we'll see the end of projectile weapons any time soon.

    Also, I rather doubt that energy weapons would release their energy in sufficient quantity quickly enough. I suspect that energy weapons would require charging of a capacitor (these can release energy quickly, hence their use on camera flashes). Energy weapons would probably require the wearing of a battery pack, much like those in Blake's 7. This is a detail often missed in most science fiction.

    I always am bothered by the sight of visible rays in science fiction. I always wonder why they want to bother wasting all that energy with visible light.

    Yes, that Physics degree makes it difficult for me to watch science fiction!
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    Jun 09, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
    I'd rather have Jedi mind tricks...

    "Officer, this is not the speeding Pontiac Vibe you're looking for".

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  • neosyllogy

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    Jun 09, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    Many things develop over time.
    Along with major breakthroughs in lazing technology come developments in moral and philosophical spheres.
    Thus we can look forward both to the development of auto-targeting long range, penetrating multi-photon lazing systems and a developed enough sense of sportsmanship not to use them.
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    Jun 09, 2010 1:03 PM GMT
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    This works for me every time.

    I thought this was a paddle.icon_eek.gif

    I was wondering how this could be used as a weapon. Well...