Video games feed into a sense of escapism and fantasy, where you can win the Super Bowl, frag super soldiers, and alternately kill or make out with aliens (of varying attractiveness) without even spilling your Mountain Dew into your Doritos. We as players are willing to accept breaks from reality in these circumstances, particularly when it smoothes out the gameplay or somehow makes things more enjoyable (hmm… wing cap, you say?).
As long as it benefits the game more than it detracts, we're happy to suspend our disbelief even for some of the most obvious impossibilities. Let that go on long enough--or, in some cases, make the impossibility fun enough--and even the most realism-shattering acts can become such common mechanics, it's hard to imagine gaming without them. We've discussed this before when going over the 7 totally unrealistic things games do all the time, but we want to cover ever more examples of impossibilities that defied the odds (and physics) to become video game mainstays. So lace up your rocket boots, don your helmetless invincibility suit, and let's make our old science teachers cry.