Science & Science Fiction of Games

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I recommend getting good and high for the discussion of dark matter, although he does point out that “when you put negative matter into Einstein’s equations,” – i.e. divide by zero!! (!!!) – they “curl up into knots.” And hedging that the big unknown it creates will be more good than bad we can get stuff like faster-than-light travel and real-time pan-galaxy communications.

via Real Scientist Examines the Science Fiction of Mass Effect – mass effect 2 – Kotaku.

As much as I like games, I’m fairly grounded in reality. As far as I know, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, just to have something travel at light speed, it’d need almost an infinite amount of energy. All this talk about FTL and all delve into the field of quantum mechanics. Zemata has kindly provided wiki links for some of the terms in the above excerpt. Just a warning though, they could give you a terrible headache or link you to more stuff which links you to more stuff which links you to more stuff… some people are highly susceptible to that (I’m looking at you Liyong)

Their consultant appears to be a string theorist. I wonder what he must have thought when GT invited him to talk about the Science behind games. “Guess what guys? Some video game geeks want me to appear on a show and talk about invisibility cloak and space ships.”

If TV is representative of real life, Sheldon Cooper, who has been involved in countless discussion of the Science behind comics, shows that a string theorist would probably be honoured to show us how far our current technology is from Mass Effect 2 and as a added bonus, throw in a work plan for us to get there.  Oh wait, there’s already one in the above video, he’s just missing the work plan.

4 thoughts on “Science & Science Fiction of Games

  1. The theory of relativity states that time gets slower as you move faster. This means that as you approach a speed close to the speed of light, you need infinite force to attain a non-zero acceleration necessary to reach the speed of light. Consequently, nothing can be faster than the speed of light.

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