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Offline cjackson

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Video Games and Their Basis in Theory
« on: 01/31/2012 12:18 am »
Are there any theories with which the mass effect fields of Mass Effect and the slipstream space of Halo draw inspiration from? Is there any scientific basis for either, or is it complete fantasy?

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Re: Video Games and Their Basis in Theory
« Reply #1 on: 01/31/2012 12:37 am »
1. Welcome to the forum
2. Please see the sticky

Science fiction is fun, but this isn't the forum here.  The known laws of physics reign supreme here.  Imagination is allowed, as long as its physically possible. :)

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Re: Video Games and Their Basis in Theory
« Reply #2 on: 01/31/2012 02:35 am »
Are there any theories with which the mass effect fields of Mass Effect and the slipstream space of Halo draw inspiration from? Is there any scientific basis for either, or is it complete fantasy?

Sort of (The "element zero" thing has no plausible basis in reality as far as I know, but the rest of it seems to vaguely resemble some actual ideas):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakthrough_Propulsion_Physics_Program
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wormhole
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodward_effect
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heim_theory

It's Wikipedia, so caveat lector...

The page on the "Woodward effect" (which Dr. Woodward prefers to call the "Mach effect", is somewhat out of date; there's a long thread in this forum called "Propellantless Field Propulsion and application" which eventually became more or less a Mach effect thread, and there's also an active mailing list.

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13020.1605

I notice that the description of the "slipstream" tech of Halo references this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerr_metric#Kerr_black_holes_as_wormholes

and the "mass effect" description references this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_energy

However, both descriptions seem to involve creative technobabble and handwaving as major ingredients; neither concept is supportable in detail given what we know now.
« Last Edit: 01/31/2012 04:45 am by 93143 »

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