Can you really rocket jump?

We take a lot of things for granted in games. Such as guns that leave nothing but skeletons when they hit the enemy, or that you can hack a computer by playing a simple puzzle game. But no more. PC Gamer UK wanted to find out how far science was being abused for the sake of our entertainment. Questions were asked. We’ve probed, supposed, tested, tweaked, investigated, analyzed and, the most important part of this punishing process, typed things into the deepest scientific resource of our time: YouTube. That’s where the real world is. That’s where the videos of robots are. Prepare to be edutained...

Note: In-game examples were chosen for iconic quality, rather than where they actually first appeared.

Rocket jumping
In-game example: Quake III. A method of providing extra force to a jump by firing a rocket at your feet and using the blast to propel you.

In Quake III you can fire a rocket at your feet to add a little pep to your jumps. The thing is, the bazooka was built for taking down tanks. If there is a difference between tanks and the human body it’s that one is made of metal, while the other more resembles a garbage bag filled with water. Point-blank rocket explosions are nasty. What happens when you fire a powerful, propelled explosive designed for splitting apart tanks at your feet can only be described by making a squelching noise with your cheeks and tossing strawberry syrup-drenched oatmeal into the air.

In-game example: Crysis. You bend light around your body in order to turn invisible to your enemies.

It could happen, but it’ll take a lot of work. In 2003 Naoki Kawakami, of the University of Tokyo, produced a cloak that reflected a projected image from in front of the wearer onto the back of the cloak. So you’d need a camera, a projector, a cloak made of a special reflective material and a small, naive child to fool. Still, we’re getting nearer to flexible monitors, with both Philips and Sony working on that technology, and cameras are shrinking at an alarming rate. It doesn’t take too much of a stretch of the imagination to see the system being refined into something useable. And by then we’ll all have windows made of diamodillium and we’ll be drinking steak lattes.

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  • juliansmith - June 18, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Great stuff guys. But how come we don't have anyone talking about some of the Best Games in the market. Games like Assassins Creed, Halo, or even Batman Arkham Asylum or one of the top games like Batman Arkham Origins. I found a review of batman with a cinematic. Really cool stuff here
  • metalslamm - October 12, 2008 4:36 a.m.

    Wow. The real life "health packs" were pretty cool sounding. Even though they do sound pretty painful too.
  • bluelabatt - September 30, 2008 10:46 p.m.

    Though cynicism is valuable, the good doctor whose experiments were covered on Discovery has posted on the Web site of his team that humans don't gain increased perception during moments of intense stress, like car accidents. GR's writers did fine research. Check "Can time run in slow motion?" URL:
  • Youreverydaygamer - September 29, 2008 1:05 a.m.

    Dude you guys totally forgot timetravel!
  • XxsilenthillFTWxX - September 28, 2008 6:42 p.m.

    i want a bio modified exoskeleton that can rocket jump, have built in health packs, can cloak,can have a HUD on the helmet, can plant security lasers, shoot guided rockets, and have a sentry on it's shoulder! now thats a weapon :p
  • noofer7 - September 28, 2008 1:41 p.m.

    Wow that BigDog thing was impressive, especially when it slipped on the ice. So was that exoskeleton. It'd be RAW to have one of those things, but with a gun or flamethrower or something attached to one of the arms. Sigh...
  • BurntToShreds - September 27, 2008 1:22 a.m.

    Zombies will never exist, because, while the brain is still (sorta) active, nothing else isn't. Therefore, the chemicals that are required to move the muscles of the human body would not be made.
  • Dark Helmet - September 26, 2008 12:29 p.m.

    A few months ago, physicists Cal Tech were able to bend visible light around an object and reform it on the other side rendering the object literally invisible, which is something that was thought to be impossible two years ago. Whether or not they can make that work for something as large as a human body is something else entirely. Other physicists have even been able to transport (as in Star Trek transport)particles from one side of the Danube River to another. Within a decade, they might be able to transport particles to the moon. And then maybe viruses or even water molecules. Who knows how soon Instant Transportion becomes reality.
  • crazyqazqaz - September 26, 2008 6:23 a.m.

    Great article G.R, looks like you need to work on your researching skills though.
  • NogginPuncher - September 26, 2008 1:24 a.m.

    Haha, I went a sentry paintball gun aiming at the sidewalk at my house. We have a bicyclist infestation.
  • Life - September 25, 2008 8:18 p.m.

  • KHfan - September 25, 2008 4:14 p.m.

    the house oppasite ours houses zombies...
  • Amatarasu - September 25, 2008 4:22 a.m.

    what if i made a bio-modified exoskeleton for my sentry gun?
  • Tochy - September 25, 2008 4:09 a.m.

  • the hegemon - September 25, 2008 12:26 a.m.

    Way to do your research guys. For the bullet time thing... the test worked. Most of the people could see the numbers that were moving faster than they could normally see. There was a discovery show a while back that discussed this. I think it was called The Human Body: Pushing the Limits.
  • Pablos102030 - September 24, 2008 11:49 p.m.

    Ha, idiot. Just use the companion cube to get by the sentry. Wait...
  • mfwahwah - September 24, 2008 11:42 p.m.

    "steak lattes." I'm eating steak tonight, jerkhat. Also, "Sweden escaped." >.>
  • slickmcwilly - September 24, 2008 11:10 p.m.

    i like the sentry video, its really cool. in the beginning the thing shoots his laptop.
  • xMrGrey - September 24, 2008 10:29 p.m.

    What a dummy, he didn't even disguise!
  • shicknannon - September 24, 2008 9:05 p.m.

    FIRRRRRRRRST (wow, being sick makes you stupid)