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December 16, 2010 9:26 PM   Subscribe

Rooster Teeth's Immersion is like Mythbusters for video games, and isn't afraid to ask the hard questions: What is it like to drive a real world car from a game's 3rd person perspective? Do the clothes worn by women in Japanese fighting games offer any protection whatsoever? What is it like to be Mario in a outside version of a side-scrolling platform game?. Finally, would Xbox Live-style trash talk would distract a real Special Operations soldier?. [˙ǝdou˙pɹɐɥ oslɐ ˙uoıʇɔǝʇoɹd ou ˙pɹɐɥ sʇı :sɹǝʍsuɐ]
posted by blahblahblah (23 comments total) 49 users marked this as a favorite

 
Will eating this mushroom give me suuuuuupppppeeeeeerrrrrrrr *lies down, stares into space, giggles softly*
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 PM on December 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


(also this looks...expensive. Where are they getting their funding?)

(not that it is not awesome as well. it is also that)
posted by The Whelk at 9:35 PM on December 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


I was really hoping they were going to make guys wear the stupid skimpy costumes. That would have earned them some subversive cred. Instead it was just another extended "If we explicitly acknowledge we're objectifying women while we do this, then it's like we're not really objectifying women at all except we totally are!" gag.
posted by regicide is good for you at 9:36 PM on December 16, 2010 [7 favorites]


Presenting this show is like some fantasy job given from the skies.

Also, I thought the models did a terrific job replicating the VG moves.
posted by unSane at 9:37 PM on December 16, 2010


It doesn't seem like the car test is a fair test until the 3rd person driver has a least a few months (preferably years) of experience driving, like they do with the traditional method.
posted by yeolcoatl at 9:38 PM on December 16, 2010


Will eating this mushroom give me suuuuuupppppeeeeeerrrrrrrr *dies*
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:39 PM on December 16, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think the Japanese fighting game outfit video was inconclusive, and they need to revisit that. Perhaps in an hour long special.
posted by empath at 9:40 PM on December 16, 2010


The sidescroller one was fucking excellent.
posted by unSane at 9:43 PM on December 16, 2010 [4 favorites]


i like this show.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 9:44 PM on December 16, 2010


I never really thought the costumes in fighting games were meant to offer any protection. I thought most fighters just wore some kind of gi or jeans and a t-shirt, or tattered rags, and there was maybe like 1 samurai dude you could pick who wore armour. But then, my fighting game experience is limited to Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Street Fighter, and Marvel v Capcom.
posted by Hoopo at 10:02 PM on December 16, 2010


I like how Shane in the last link looks like he really wants to shoot them. I know that's the point. But still, it's pleasure.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:06 PM on December 16, 2010


empath: "I think the Japanese fighting game outfit video was inconclusive, and they need to revisit that. Perhaps in an hour long special"

EARTHQUAKE VS 'GIEF, FIGHT!
posted by boo_radley at 10:19 PM on December 16, 2010


I think the Japanese fighting game outfit video was inconclusive, and they need to revisit that. Perhaps in an hour long special.

Of course, to make this extra-scientific we'd need a control group to measure the effectiveness of the game outfits versus stark and utter nudity.
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:00 PM on December 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Who plays GTA4 with a steering wheel?
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:15 PM on December 16, 2010


It took the special forces guy a really long time to fire 10 rounds, with the internet in his ear. If that was really xbox live he would have been dead before the first shot.

Also it would have been hard to talk *too* good of shit to him, knowing you are the same distance from him as the paper, and that he has live rounds.
posted by paisley henosis at 11:31 PM on December 16, 2010


Mostly I thought these were silly but kind of fun. But when they really winged that guy in the foot with the barrel, that was funny as hell.
posted by paisley henosis at 11:32 PM on December 16, 2010


Sublime. Rooster Teeth had dropped off my radar once I stopped watching Red vs. Blue, but I'm glad to see those guys are still up to excellent videogame based shenanigans.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:31 AM on December 17, 2010


I learned that even if the game outright pronounces the name of a character (So-phi-ti-a), someone will mispronounce it anyway (So-phi-sha). I did like the fact that the woman experimenter was too busy oiling up the muscly guy to help out. It's not a double-standard if everyone's exploited, right?
posted by explosion at 5:17 AM on December 17, 2010


Whoa, Gus Sorola? I went to math camp with him!
posted by kmz at 5:18 AM on December 17, 2010


Yeah, trash talk on Xbox Live is pretty bad. I love the proximity voice in Halo Reach, though: hearing the teenager that trash-talked everyone before the game scream in frustration as he is assassinated and kicked off the top of the Spire (on the map of the same name) is extremely gratifying.

Yesterday I was playing a big team multiflag CTF game on Hemorrhage and happened to respawn right as three opponents in a Warthog pulled up behind our base and two rushed the flag. I hopped in the gunner seat behind the driver, shot the flag carrier and the third man before the driver knew what was going on, and hopped out as he tried to kill me by suicide driving into the deep water. The tantrums that filtered softly into my headset were sublime.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 7:46 AM on December 17, 2010


Heck, I want to shoot the Mega64 guys just after watching them trying to be funny on PATV, let alone when they're trying to be annoying. I have a new respect for the restraint of our special forces!
posted by gilrain at 11:21 AM on December 17, 2010


I like the effort put into the sidescrolling one, but....it's not at all done right. Presumably Mario can see ahead of himself--he's facing that way!

Even more egregiously, though: The main difficulty those guys are having is controlling themselves from a view outside their body. That has nothing to do with the premise of the experiment, which was "I guess it's natural to control things from the side". If you thought it was natural to twist a screwdriver to drive in a screw, would you dress people up as screwdrivers, balance them on top of enormous fake screws and tell them to spin?
posted by DU at 11:31 AM on December 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


You're damned right I would.
posted by lumensimus at 1:31 AM on December 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


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