Most people’s conception of ninjas is already rather preposterous when compared to the unassuming intelligence agents who actually operated in feudal times. Real ninja generally didn’t dress like stage hands, nor did they throw bladed stars, or turn invisible. That’s a legend dreamed up by the popular imagination. And as unrealistic as regular ninjas are, the cyber ninjas that video games love so much must be twice as fantastical, surely.
Few have ever sat down to figure out how Cyrax can pack a buzz saw in his chest, or how Sektor can execute a teleporting uppercut. Mortal Kombat‘s robo Tekunin have yet to invite the kind of scientific examination that Austin at ShoddyCast applies to Overwatch‘s Genji in this “open letter” to Blizzard below. And perhaps they couldn’t even survive such scrutiny.
For almost 20 foul-mouthed minutes, Austin exhaustively calculate how a deadly synthetic assassin could exist according to the rules of physics. Throwing around measures like joules and milliseconds, he ascertains exactly how much energy would be necessary for Genji to deflect bullets, toss shuriken rapid fire, and execute the ever-impressive “double jump.” Each equation naturally leads to the same conclusion, too–Genji is a badass.
Watch on, and learn more about this cyber ninja than you ever knew to ask…
Austin discusses the feasibility of other Overwatch members; mentioning how Bastian’s gatling gun transformations would work, in particular. You have to wonder how the “fact files” for other even-flashier combatants would break down. What kind of propulsion is needed to make Pharah’s one-woman jetfighter fly? Do Tracer’s little time hops have any basis in reality, whatsoever? Inquiring minds clearly want to know.
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