The sky-scraping plunge is one of the most overworked mechanics in Assassin’s Creed. Players dive from the game's tallest towers, but walk away unscathed whenever they manage to land in a pile of soft, dependable straw. Most gamers are too busy obsessing over quest lines to wonder whether this kind of high-diving activity is safe. Thankfully, a group of British scientists is on the case.
Gregor McQuade, Michael Walker, Lee Garland and Thomas Bradley study physics at the University of Leicester. In November, they published a paper in the Journal of Physics Special Topics called "A3_5 Falling into Straw."
Here's the abstract:
The students measured things like mass, volume, velocity, and cushioning force to create an equation that's far too complicated for me to understand or explain. Then, they used their fancy equation to quantify the dangers of jumping into a pile of hay by testing it against the game's highest drop: Holy Cross cathedral in Acre:
Essentially, they found that it's possible to survive the fall, but you're probably going to need an ambulance.
Students at the University of Leicester often pit science against video games. Last year, a group from the Department of Physics and Astronomy tested the legitimacy of those tiny planets from Super Mario Galaxy. They concluded that the planets would probably "explode due to the severe imbalance of gravitational pressure to degeneracy and coulomb pressures."
Thanks for ruining all the fun, science. Thanks a lot.
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