Zorba the Hutt (zorbathut) wrote,
Zorba the Hutt
zorbathut

As much as games have improved in the reality department, they still have a long way to go . . . Allow me to share with you this (imaginary) conversation between me, Robin (my hand-to-hand martial arts expert in Fallout Tactics) and Farsight (my sniper in Fallout Tactics).



Me: Okay, here's the deal. Right there (points) is a tent with a large amount of loot in it. We want that loot. So we're going to go get it. Now, there's only one entrance to the tent, and the obvious way in is over this here well-guarded well-lit street. But you'll notice that the area *behind* the tent isn't guarded *or* lit!

Robin: But there's no way in from behind the tent.

Me: Well, yes, okay, that's true, but it's a tent. It's made of animal hide, or maybe plastic. And you can see through it anyway. I'll send Farsight (my sniper) along with you. She can pick off any guards through the wall of the tent, which she can shoot through.

Farsight: I can't shoot through that. It's a wall.

Me: Yes, technically speaking, it *is* a wall. But it's a really *flimsy* wall too. It would be like shooting through a piece of paper!

Farsight: I can't shoot through that. It's a wall.

Me: (shaking head) Fine, fine, okay, we'll use another tactic. Let's see. Instead of going through the *back* of the tent, let's go through the *front* of the tent. Once again, you'll have to creep behind these buildings, but instead of going through the back of the tent

Robin: We can't go through the back of the tent. It's a wall.

Me: Yes, yes, I KNOW that, you're not going to go through the back of the tent. You're going to go *around* the tent, over these waist-high sandbags.

Robin: I can't go over those waist-high sandbags. They're a wall.

Me: Of course you can go over them. Just jump. You're a martial arts expert, you ought to be able to manage that.

Robin: I can't go over those waist-high sandbags. They're a wall.

Me: They are *not* a wall. They're waist-high! You can shoot over them, you can throw things over them, why can't you jump over them?

Robin: They're a wall.

(sound of my head exploding)



As I was saying . . . they're getting *better*, but they're not perfect yet.

(And may your diety of choice help you if you decide to blow up a wall . . . yeah, right. like that's gonna happen.)
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