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    Being the gamer I am, I've payed HL2 so many times that I have grown curious over certain physics that the game discusses as a way to make what happens more believable.

    For example: Alex discusses how the combine use a universe "sling shot" to go from one dimension to another. Her further elaboration reminds me of "brain" theory, describing that each universe or dimension is a massive globule of pure energy, and that upon different brains touching, a new dimension is created. The games says that the combine(bad guys) basically use a worm hole to get to a specific part of their spacial frame that leads them to riding along the edge of their universe, which apparently has characteristics that allow them to travel considerably faster than the speed of light.

    Example: The zero point energy gun that can pick up and repel very heavy objects; how exactly would this work? I heard about an actual scientific theory to this, but it was very blunt and didn't explain much.

    Example: The dark fusion reactor in the epicenter of the combine fortress. In episode 1, you get the chance to go into the chamber and observe it if you want. I looked at it for an hour to try to figure out how it could work and noticed things such as imposed reaction control substance lasers, a magnetic sustaining field for the reaction and energy jets, and a type of capacitor system that converts the energy to spheres that can be transported and stored. I think that this is possible; it appears similar to the goal of certain physicists to create a sustainable fusion reaction that could be controlled by magnetic fields. The one in the game is visibly in the air, which seems reasonable, but the main difference is that it claims that is uses dark energy. Scientists claim to only know of the presence of dark matter due to its gravitational influence; but what if it is very large amounts of exponential potential energy in space that could be harnessed?

    There was also something mentioned in Half Life 1; this way the resonance cascade that created a rift in space. The way it goes is that Gordon freeman uses a mass spectrometer to look at what a particular crystal is made of that they found in space. Unfortunately a resonance cascade occurs and causes mayhem. Is there any science to this?

    Does anybody want to add? The game is considered the #1 game of all time for more than just the action, I thought it could make for an interesting discussion.


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    I've read this and quite a few others have too. I'm guessing noone is replying because they've never played the game, or they just don't know what you are talking about. But I do. The only thing I could possibly theorise on is that the zero-point gun creates a localised gravitational field that overrides the Earths. Just need to figure out how to do that :wink:


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    i dont think its brain, but bran. its part of M theory, afaik.

    the zero point energy seems like its viewed as pseudoscience,
    it relies on using the energy present in a void.

    according to the zero point energy theory, theres enough energy in a cup of coffee, to blow up the whole earth.
    it relies on the vast unused energies in matter.
    i remember seeing some graph, where most of our ways of extracting energy
    is far less than 100%.

    dark matter, and dark energy, is only the name scientists have on something that influences our universe in some way or another, but that we simply have no idea what is. it most likely is a combination of various types of matter,
    and as we gradually discover all these particles the "dark matter" will gradually disappear. the same with dark energy.
    when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth
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    No one else has played it? Too bad, its a great game, unless your over 40 you should give it a try.

    Its kind of sad though when you think about it- so far we have only one way of taking energy from nature, and that is by striping it of its electrons. There are now new ways we can store it, hence antimatter, but no new ways of taking energy from matter. I really think that physicists should not be contempt with out current technology, there are so many things in nature that we haven't discovered yet that could help us out so much.
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