History Headscratchers / PerfectDark

28th Jun '16 4:29:01 AM FlashSteps
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** Easy enough. The hologram tech is capable of "displaced projection". So the Skedar stands in front of the chair and the rear part of the field cloaks him to be invisible just like any other cloaking device shown in the game. The Blonde disguise is the displaced projection, and the Skedar mimes sitting to make the human guise do likewise ''on'' the chair. As Blonde stands up, he and the Skedar merge to share similar tactile coordinates as is expected during ordinary operation of the technology.

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** Easy enough. The hologram tech is capable of "displaced projection". So the Skedar stands in front of the chair and the rear part of the field cloaks him to be invisible just like any other cloaking device shown in the game. The Blonde disguise is the displaced projection, and the Skedar mimes sitting to make the human guise do likewise ''on'' the chair. As Blonde stands up, he and the Skedar merge to share similar tactile coordinates as is expected during ordinary operation of the technology. Similar actions which a Skedar would be incapable of, such as climbing a ladder perhaps, are done in much the same way, except the Skedar leaps up to the top/bottom of the ladder or maybe just climbs the wall itself, Spiderman style.



** It might be assumed that the Skedar can scarcely afford to use many of their soldiers as undercover operatives on Earth. And considering they probably don't trust the human conspirators to loan out the hologram tech to their mooks, perhaps its just ''THE'' Mr. Blonde who we see in cutscenes (and who we play as in abonus mission ) which is really a Skedar under the disguise. The rest might be advanced hard-light holograms with nothing actually there (but maybe as remote control drones) capable of interacting with the environment, firearms etc. If that's too far fetched even in this universe for you, we can go with fully functional android soldiers, whether disguised by hologram or by conventional techniques.

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** It might be assumed that the Skedar can scarcely afford to use many of their soldiers as undercover operatives on Earth. And considering they probably don't trust the human conspirators to loan out the hologram tech to their mooks, perhaps its just ''THE'' Mr. Blonde who we see in cutscenes (and who we play as in abonus mission ) a bonus mission) which is really a Skedar under the disguise. The rest might be advanced hard-light holograms with nothing actually there (but maybe as remote control drones) capable of interacting with the environment, firearms etc. If that's too far fetched even in this futuristic universe for you, we can go with fully functional android soldiers, whether disguised by hologram or by conventional techniques.
28th Jun '16 4:25:31 AM FlashSteps
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** What bugs me more is that, if I recall correctly, they stay in their Blonde disguises when you kill them in the Crash Site mission. Avoiding spoilers, sure, but unless their disguises aren't lifeforce dependent ...

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** Easy enough. The hologram tech is capable of "displaced projection". So the Skedar stands in front of the chair and the rear part of the field cloaks him to be invisible just like any other cloaking device shown in the game. The Blonde disguise is the displaced projection, and the Skedar mimes sitting to make the human guise do likewise ''on'' the chair. As Blonde stands up, he and the Skedar merge to share similar tactile coordinates as is expected during ordinary operation of the technology.
** What bugs me more is that, if I recall correctly, they stay in their Blonde disguises when you kill them in the Crash Site mission. Avoiding spoilers, sure, but unless their disguises aren't lifeforce dependent ...dependent...
** It might be assumed that the Skedar can scarcely afford to use many of their soldiers as undercover operatives on Earth. And considering they probably don't trust the human conspirators to loan out the hologram tech to their mooks, perhaps its just ''THE'' Mr. Blonde who we see in cutscenes (and who we play as in abonus mission ) which is really a Skedar under the disguise. The rest might be advanced hard-light holograms with nothing actually there (but maybe as remote control drones) capable of interacting with the environment, firearms etc. If that's too far fetched even in this universe for you, we can go with fully functional android soldiers, whether disguised by hologram or by conventional techniques.
22nd Jul '15 10:06:43 AM Flimshar
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** Blonde is a correct spelling, albeit usually used for describing the hair colour on a woman.
17th Jan '15 3:39:12 PM SuperSauce
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**** I think Joanne knew exactly who Johnathan was and what he looked like. His facial features stayed the same and the dialogue is very indicative of their familiarity. The camera hides him from view until his reveal but it can be assumed he was just out of view because of the guard he had to shoot. The dialogue from Joanne: "There you are. I was beginning to wonder if you'd been discovered yet. (after John has shot the enemy) And frankly, if this is how you work I'm surprised you lasted longer than five minutes."
8th Mar '14 6:13:21 AM notafraid
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** She didn't mean that she literally went into hiding, but she was entrenched in dataDyne HQ with her female bodyguard private army, a DualWielding captain and [[EliteMooks specially trained male guards]] equipped with [[HandCannon magnum handguns]] and N-Bombs. She didn't think even the Skedar would be able to penetrate those defences, at least not without her being able to pull a hasty getaway. Joanna claims that the Institute "found no trace of her", so perhaps she was actually hiding very well but decided to return to HQ that night to retrieve something with her army. Unfortunately for her, Skedar military intelligence was just too good.

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** She didn't mean that she literally went into hiding, but she was entrenched in dataDyne HQ with her female bodyguard private army, a DualWielding captain and [[EliteMooks specially trained male guards]] equipped with [[HandCannon magnum handguns]] and N-Bombs.[[NeutronBomb N-Bombs]]. She didn't think even the Skedar would be able to penetrate those defences, at least not without her being able to pull a hasty getaway. Joanna claims that the Institute "found no trace of her", so perhaps she was actually hiding very well but decided to return to HQ that night to retrieve something with her army. Unfortunately for her, Skedar military intelligence was just too good.
8th Mar '14 6:10:08 AM notafraid
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** Same sort of justification as the battle droids in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' being able to penetrate the shield, but not their energy weapons. Lasers and bullets travel at supersonic speeds, so the energy shield is specially tuned to be able to cancel out the damage they impart, at a cost of a fraction of it's own energy supply. But a crossbow bolt is long and is fired at subsonic speeds, so the shield isn't designed to be able to stop it and if it's lethal, it will still hit the person and execute them. On the other hand, the lethal injection overdose of drugs depends on delivery mechanism-skin contact and the shield isn't able to prevent people and other macroscopic objects to come into contact. It makes sense; if the President wore one, fine he's protected but the shield still has to let him shake hands with other politicians and go about his daily life with as little inconvenience as possible.

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** Same sort of justification as the battle droids in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' being able to penetrate the shield, but not their energy weapons. Lasers and bullets are compact and travel at supersonic speeds, so the energy shield is specially tuned to be able to cancel out the damage they impart, at a cost of a fraction of it's own energy supply. But a crossbow bolt is long and is fired at subsonic speeds, so the shield isn't designed to be able to stop it and if it's lethal, it will still hit the person and execute them. On the other hand, the lethal injection overdose of drugs depends on delivery mechanism-skin contact and the shield isn't able to prevent people and other macroscopic objects to come into contact. It makes sense; if the President wore one, fine he's protected but the shield still has to let him shake hands with other politicians and go about his daily life with as little inconvenience as possible.
8th Mar '14 6:08:52 AM notafraid
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** The hologram simulation technology runs more than just "skin deep"; it perfectly replicates the Human physiology with all of it's strengths, limitations and vulnerabilities. YourMindMakesItReal and the shocks that a Skedar could shake off are lethal when they're impersonating an Earthling. So Blondes (unlike Terminators or Agents from ''Film/TheMatrix'') are constrained to run at the normal speed of a human being, and are as vulnerable to bullets and fists as an ordinary person. Why didn't the Skedar make them more durable you might ask? Either the technology was constrained to having to simulate exactly, or [[IdiotBall they just didn't take it into account]].

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** The hologram simulation technology runs more than just "skin deep"; it perfectly replicates the Human human physiology with all of it's strengths, limitations and vulnerabilities. YourMindMakesItReal and the shocks that a Skedar could shake off are lethal when they're impersonating an Earthling. So Blondes (unlike Terminators or Agents from ''Film/TheMatrix'') are constrained to run at the normal speed of a human being, have the same strength and are as vulnerable to bullets and fists as an ordinary person.person (or elite Nordic bodybuilder, take your pick). Why didn't the Skedar make them more durable you might ask? Either the technology was constrained to having to simulate exactly, or [[IdiotBall they just didn't take it into account]].
8th Mar '14 6:07:39 AM notafraid
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* It bugs me that [[WhatMeasureIsAMook you can kill Datadyne and Area 51 guards with impunity]], but not NSA agents. It makes sense that the NSA guys would be spared because they don't know what Easton is up to and thus are innocents who are just doing their jobs. Fine. Except that I doubt the Datadyne guards know all about their company's evil deeds; most likely, [[PunchClockVillain they just think it's involved in making robots or something, have no idea that Cassandra wants to take over the world, and are just keeping criminals from stealing valuable technology]]. Similarly, the Area 51 guards are government employees working to prevent foreign operatives, spies, and terrorists from stealing information and technology that could potentially bring down America.

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* It bugs me that [[WhatMeasureIsAMook you can kill Datadyne dataDyne and Area 51 guards with impunity]], but not NSA agents. It makes sense that the NSA guys would be spared because they don't know what Easton is up to and thus are innocents who are just doing their jobs. Fine. Except that I doubt the Datadyne dataDyne guards know all about their company's evil deeds; most likely, [[PunchClockVillain they just think it's involved in making robots or something, have no idea that Cassandra wants to take over the world, and are just keeping criminals from stealing valuable technology]]. Similarly, the Area 51 guards are government employees working to prevent foreign operatives, spies, and terrorists from stealing information and technology that could potentially bring down America.



** Initial Vector portrays him as a man at war against [=DataDyne=] and the {{MegaCorp}}s, and is fairly jaded, cynical and ruthless. Plus I might be mistaken, but those after Jo I believe were NSA agents with Trent and the snow guards and Presidential security are rank and file US employees. The guards won't go after you when you are face to face with the President, and they'll go off and fight the invading NSA if spared. Area 51 though, that is morally ambiguous.

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** Initial Vector portrays him as a man at war against [=DataDyne=] [=dataDyne=] and the {{MegaCorp}}s, and is fairly jaded, cynical and ruthless. Plus I might be mistaken, but those after Jo I believe were NSA agents with Trent and the snow guards and Presidential security are rank and file US employees. The guards won't go after you when you are face to face with the President, and they'll go off and fight the invading NSA if spared. Area 51 though, that is morally ambiguous.



** The guards are competent at point defence, but Joanna is the only agent to hand and in general, the only person skilled enough to both engage the enemy and activate the autoguns. In-universe, their computers might require a few commands

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** The guards are competent at point defence, but Joanna is the only agent immediately to hand and in general, the only person skilled enough to both engage the enemy and activate the autoguns. In-universe, their computers might require a few commandsbit of programming know-how, which grunts wouldn't be trained for. Also, the enemy deployed [[DeflectorShields energy shielding]] and [[MoreDakka K7 Avengers]] and brought a [[EliteMook Skedar]] along to play. Only she could have swept from room to room and had a hope of surviving.



** She didn't mean that she literally went into hiding, but she was entrenched in dataDyne HQ with her female bodyguard private army, a DualWielding captain and [[EliteMooks specially trained male guards]] equipped with [[HandCannon magnum handguns]] and N-Bombs. She didn't think even the Skedar would be able to penetrate those defences, at least not without her being able to pull a hasty getaway. Joanna claims that the Institute "found no trace of her", so perhaps she was actually hiding very well but decided to return to HQ that night to retrieve something with her army. Unfortunately for her, Skedar military intelligence was just too good.



* Why is it that when the Skedar aren't disguised as Mr. Blondes, they are almost impossible to knock unconscious with your fists, but when they ''are'' disguised, they get knocked out just like any actual human?

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** The fluid is a mechanical analogue to blood which controls various functions within the mecha. It just happens to be the same color as the tiny/"true" Skedar's blood, for whatever reason.
* Why is it that when the Skedar aren't disguised as Mr. Blondes, they are almost impossible to knock unconscious with your fists, but when they ''are'' disguised, they get knocked out just like any actual human?human?
** The hologram simulation technology runs more than just "skin deep"; it perfectly replicates the Human physiology with all of it's strengths, limitations and vulnerabilities. YourMindMakesItReal and the shocks that a Skedar could shake off are lethal when they're impersonating an Earthling. So Blondes (unlike Terminators or Agents from ''Film/TheMatrix'') are constrained to run at the normal speed of a human being, and are as vulnerable to bullets and fists as an ordinary person. Why didn't the Skedar make them more durable you might ask? Either the technology was constrained to having to simulate exactly, or [[IdiotBall they just didn't take it into account]].
8th Mar '14 5:47:57 AM notafraid
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** Initial Vector portrays him as a man at war against [=DataDyne=] and the {{MegaCorp}}s, and is fairly jaded, cynical and ruthless. Plus I might be mistaken, but those after Jo I believe were NSA agents with Trent and the snow guards and Presidential security are rank and file US employees. The guards won't go after you when you are face to face with the President, and they'll go off and fight the invading NSA if spared. Area 51 though, that is morally ambiguous.

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** Initial Vector portrays him as a man at war against [=DataDyne=] and the {{MegaCorp}}s, and is fairly jaded, cynical and ruthless. Plus I might be mistaken, but those after Jo I believe were NSA agents with Trent and the snow guards and Presidential security are rank and file US employees. The guards won't go after you when you are face to face with the President, and they'll go off and fight the invading NSA if spared. Area 51 though, that is morally ambiguous.ambiguous.

* Why do weapons like the Tranquilizer and Crossbow, both with an [[OneHitKill instant-kill]] alt-fire that does just that through chemical/poisonous means, take down an [[DeflectorShields energy shield]] in one shot?
** Same sort of justification as the battle droids in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' being able to penetrate the shield, but not their energy weapons. Lasers and bullets travel at supersonic speeds, so the energy shield is specially tuned to be able to cancel out the damage they impart, at a cost of a fraction of it's own energy supply. But a crossbow bolt is long and is fired at subsonic speeds, so the shield isn't designed to be able to stop it and if it's lethal, it will still hit the person and execute them. On the other hand, the lethal injection overdose of drugs depends on delivery mechanism-skin contact and the shield isn't able to prevent people and other macroscopic objects to come into contact. It makes sense; if the President wore one, fine he's protected but the shield still has to let him shake hands with other politicians and go about his daily life with as little inconvenience as possible.

* Why does the RCP-120's cloaking device use ''bullets'' as fuel, to the point of using the ones in the next clip right when the reload animation begins, all through the time you finish reloading?
** Simple: the in-universe discovery of cloaking technology required AppliedPhlebotinum in the form of rare mineral bullets, which also happen to be on par with regular bullets in terms of lethality. Obviously the specifically designed cloaking device uses the mineral but in a shape/form that can't double as ammunition. They can afford the RCP-120 a short residual charge, long enough for a skilled user to do a reload in a short space of time and allow the next magazine/effective battery pack to carry the charge on. The designers recognised that unless the user specifies otherwise, they'd probably appreciate being able to stay invisible rather than suddenly (and inconveniently) appear in the middle of a hostile area.

* Why does Joanna have to activate the autoguns herself in the Carrington Institute? There are guards placed all around the lower levels who could do it for her.
** The guards are competent at point defence, but Joanna is the only agent to hand and in general, the only person skilled enough to both engage the enemy and activate the autoguns. In-universe, their computers might require a few commands
* Joanna is surprised to see that Cassandra's been captured as well, to which she replies "there's no hiding from the Skedar". She was hidden so well in her office...
* If the Skedar really are supposed to be mechas, as unlockable material implies, why do they bleed when shot?
* Why is it that when the Skedar aren't disguised as Mr. Blondes, they are almost impossible to knock unconscious with your fists, but when they ''are'' disguised, they get knocked out just like any actual human?
19th Aug '13 7:20:52 AM demonfiren
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** Initial Vector portrays him as a man at war against DataDyne and the MegaCorps, and is fairly jaded, cynical and ruthless. Plus I might be mistaken, but those after Jo I believe were NSA agents with Trent and the snow guards and Presidential security are rank and file US employees. The guards won't go after you when you are face to face with the President, and they'll go off and fight the invading NSA if spared. Area 51 though, that is morally ambiguous.

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** Initial Vector portrays him as a man at war against DataDyne [=DataDyne=] and the MegaCorps, {{MegaCorp}}s, and is fairly jaded, cynical and ruthless. Plus I might be mistaken, but those after Jo I believe were NSA agents with Trent and the snow guards and Presidential security are rank and file US employees. The guards won't go after you when you are face to face with the President, and they'll go off and fight the invading NSA if spared. Area 51 though, that is morally ambiguous.
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