Post by tinfoilman on Jul 29, 2008 16:28:29 GMT -5
tl;dr version: WD approved it, and unless he says anything else (or the rest of the staff get in an uproar about it), it's fine.
A. So if I drop a ball from the CN Tower (a really tall building in Toronto, Yanks) and it hits the ground, will the ball lose all of the momentum it gained from falling? No. The ball will bounce backwards, losing only some speed. I'm not suggesting his digger can bounce, but it won't lose significant speed to not function. If it did, then it wouldn't be created. We aren't having the need (sorry for speaking Engrish here, only way the sentence sounded ok) to have machines meet real-life physics, engineering, etc., so... nyeh.
B. Again using the ball example, does everything "explode" when it hits the ground?
Besides, we aren't using a real-life standpoint on the actual functionability of the machine. Based on a "in-game" standpoint, I find it isn't god-modding.
The only real claim you have is that it can dig through material that is stronger than itself. I'm a little unsure as to whether that is fair or not, but, again, WD approved it, and unless he says anything else (or the rest of the staff get in an uproar about it), it's fine.
Post by Water Dumple on Jul 29, 2008 20:44:45 GMT -5
Hate to use my authority, but I approved it, and the other mods and veterans that know what the game is like don't have unanimous problems with it, so this machine is fine. In a way, it's like the Gunboat or the Mech from Advance Wars; if they attack first, they tend to do a lot of damage. If they are attacked first, however, they'll take a lot of damage and their counter won't be very dangerous. This weapon is very offensive, but not extremely defensive. Also, complaining that it shouldn't be able to destroy things more dense, or stronger, than itself doesn't make a difference. If somebody dropped a penny off of the Empire State Building and I aimed to catch it in the palm of my hand, it would burn a hole right through my hand and go through. I don't know exactly what it would do to to the ground below, but I do know that the penny could be lethal if it hit my head. My point is that something doesn't have to be thicker, heavier, denser, or have more mass for surface area to be able to travel through something. It's feasibly possible to send a feather through a brick if you accelerated it fast enough. This machine probably won't be traveling that fast, but then again, this game isn't entirely realistic.