History Main / FrickinLaserBeams

25th Mar '17 8:53:31 PM merotoker
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Most of the complaints about laser weapons not behaving like real lasers are because their primary function in TV are not to be [[RealityIsUnrealistic realistic depictions]] of how real energy-based weapons would work. They are merely [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms stand-ins for "real" guns]] to appease {{media watchdog}}s, to establish a show as [[CallARabbitASmeerp being futuristic]], or simply applying the RuleOfCool. Being able to [[RuleOfPerception show the audience who is firing and where]] is yet another plus, for which the shots can be ColorCodedForYourConvenience. In fact, the usual "laser bolts" effect looks a lot more like machine gun fire using tracer bullets (which was even colored according to nation, as in ''Franchise/StarWars'') and early writers' UsefulNotes/WorldWarII experiences may have inspired the effect.

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Most of the complaints about laser weapons not behaving like real lasers are because their primary function in TV are not to be [[RealityIsUnrealistic realistic depictions]] of how real energy-based weapons would work. They are merely [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms stand-ins for "real" guns]] to appease {{media watchdog}}s, to establish a show as [[CallARabbitASmeerp being futuristic]], or simply applying the RuleOfCool. Being able to [[RuleOfPerception show the audience who is firing and where]] is yet another plus, for which the shots can be ColorCodedForYourConvenience.ColourCodedForYourConvenience. In fact, the usual "laser bolts" effect looks a lot more like machine gun fire using tracer bullets (which was even colored according to nation, as in ''Franchise/StarWars'') and early writers' UsefulNotes/WorldWarII experiences may have inspired the effect.
8th Mar '17 10:21:03 AM nombretomado
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* Standard in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' and ''MechWarrior'' franchise, for both infantry units and the iconic HumongousMecha. Lasers are rarer for infantry but common as dirt on a 'Mech. They are remarkably realistic for fictional laser weapons: they hit instantly and produce a ''ton'' of heat (this being their primary disadvantage to offset the fact that they have unlimited ammo), the only strange part being that they're visible. Oddly enough, the weapons as presented have range issues, which may sound odd at first until you realize that a battlefield full of particulates such as smoke and dust [[RealityIsUnrealistic would in fact limit lasers to certain ranges in similar ways.]] Not nearly half as unusual as the way ballistic and missile weapons [[ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon are treated, though.]]

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* Standard in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' and ''MechWarrior'' ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' franchise, for both infantry units and the iconic HumongousMecha. Lasers are rarer for infantry but common as dirt on a 'Mech. They are remarkably realistic for fictional laser weapons: they hit instantly and produce a ''ton'' of heat (this being their primary disadvantage to offset the fact that they have unlimited ammo), the only strange part being that they're visible. Oddly enough, the weapons as presented have range issues, which may sound odd at first until you realize that a battlefield full of particulates such as smoke and dust [[RealityIsUnrealistic would in fact limit lasers to certain ranges in similar ways.]] Not nearly half as unusual as the way ballistic and missile weapons [[ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon are treated, though.]]
9th Feb '17 9:00:59 PM Jaredthefox92
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* In the Sonic fanverse series ''Diminsional Wars'', most armies use lasers or some form of energy weapon, (minus the humans of the United Federation). One notorious example however is the Moebian 'Raven gunships', both the Raven 310 http://img14.deviantart.net/469f/i/2012/050/b/a/xhc_310_raven_by_thexhs-d4q8eb5.jpg , and the Raven 620 http://pre11.deviantart.net/4c85/th/pre/i/2013/293/1/b/620___raven_by_calates-d6r53ng.png are known to be hefty on usase of lasers that can now down a man, (or Mobian) in half in mere seconds.

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* In the Sonic fanverse series ''Diminsional ''Dimensional Wars'', most armies use lasers or some form of energy weapon, (minus the humans of the United Federation). One notorious example however is the Moebian 'Raven gunships', both the Raven 310 http://img14.deviantart.net/469f/i/2012/050/b/a/xhc_310_raven_by_thexhs-d4q8eb5.jpg , and the Raven 620 http://pre11.http://thexhs.deviantart.net/4c85/th/pre/i/2013/293/1/b/620___raven_by_calates-d6r53ng.png com/art/XHC-310-Raven-285926513 are known to be hefty on usase of lasers that can now down a man, (or Mobian) in half in mere seconds.
9th Feb '17 8:58:35 PM Jaredthefox92
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* In the Sonic fanverse series ''Diminsional Wars'', most armies use lasers or some form of energy weapon, (minus the humans of the United Federation). One notorious example however is the Moebian 'Raven gunships', both the Raven 310 http://img14.deviantart.net/469f/i/2012/050/b/a/xhc_310_raven_by_thexhs-d4q8eb5.jpg , and the Raven 620 http://pre11.deviantart.net/4c85/th/pre/i/2013/293/1/b/620___raven_by_calates-d6r53ng.png are known to be hefty on usase of lasers that can now down a man, (or Mobian) in half in mere seconds.
2nd Feb '17 8:20:27 AM ILikeRobots
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has an enemy called the Beamos, which is an [[SchizoTech technologically advanced]] but immobile statue with a single lens-like eye. If Link runs into the Beamos' range of vision, it'll fire a long laser that travels across the ground at him from its eye.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has an enemy called the Beamos, which is an a [[SchizoTech technologically advanced]] but immobile statue with a single lens-like eye. If Link the protagonist [[HeroicMime Link]] runs into the Beamos' range of vision, it'll fire a long laser that travels across the ground at him from its eye.
1st Feb '17 5:24:55 PM ILikeRobots
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* {{Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda}} series has an enemy called the Beamos, which is an [[SchizoTech technologically advanced]] but immobile statue with a single lens-like eye. If Link runs into the Beamos' range of vision, it'll fire a long laser that travels across the ground at him from its eye.

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* {{Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda}} ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has an enemy called the Beamos, which is an [[SchizoTech technologically advanced]] but immobile statue with a single lens-like eye. If Link runs into the Beamos' range of vision, it'll fire a long laser that travels across the ground at him from its eye.
1st Feb '17 5:19:24 PM ILikeRobots
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* The ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series features the PK Beam series of [[PsychicPowers PSI]], which are only usable only by [[BadassAdorable Ana]] and which don't appear in either of the later games. Some of the mechanical enemies and the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Starman]] enemies are particularly fond of attacking with them, one variation of which is a OneHitKill if the target isn't wearing a Franklin Badge. Some of [[HollywoodNerd Lloyd and Jeff's]] weapons are [[RayGun Ray Guns]].

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* The ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series features the PK Beam series of [[PsychicPowers PSI]], which are only usable only by [[BadassAdorable Ana]] and which don't appear in either of the later games. Some of the mechanical enemies and the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Starman]] enemies are particularly fond of attacking with them, one variation of which is a OneHitKill if the target isn't wearing a Franklin Badge. Some of [[HollywoodNerd [[{{Nerd}} Lloyd and Jeff's]] weapons are [[RayGun Ray Guns]].Guns]].
* {{Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda}} series has an enemy called the Beamos, which is an [[SchizoTech technologically advanced]] but immobile statue with a single lens-like eye. If Link runs into the Beamos' range of vision, it'll fire a long laser that travels across the ground at him from its eye.
27th Jan '17 4:26:11 PM ILikeRobots
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* The ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series features the PK Beam series of [[PsychicPowers PSI]], which are only usable only by [[BadassAdorable Ana]] and which didn't appear in either of the later games. The [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Starman]] enemies are particularly fond of attacking with them, one variation of which is a OneHitKill if the target isn't wearing a Franklin Badge. Some of [[HollywoodNerd Lloyd and Jeff's]] weapons are [[RayGun Ray Guns]].

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* The ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series features the PK Beam series of [[PsychicPowers PSI]], which are only usable only by [[BadassAdorable Ana]] and which didn't don't appear in either of the later games. The Some of the mechanical enemies and the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Starman]] enemies are particularly fond of attacking with them, one variation of which is a OneHitKill if the target isn't wearing a Franklin Badge. Some of [[HollywoodNerd Lloyd and Jeff's]] weapons are [[RayGun Ray Guns]].
27th Jan '17 4:25:07 PM ILikeRobots
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* The ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}} series features the PK Beam series of [[PsychicPowers PSI]], which are only usable only by [[BadassAdorable Ana]] and which didn't appear in either of the later games. The [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Starman]] enemies are particularly fond of attacking with them, one variation of which is a OneHitKill if the target isn't wearing a Franklin Badge. Some of [[HollywoodNerd Lloyd and Jeff's]] weapons are RayGuns.

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* The ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}} ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series features the PK Beam series of [[PsychicPowers PSI]], which are only usable only by [[BadassAdorable Ana]] and which didn't appear in either of the later games. The [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Starman]] enemies are particularly fond of attacking with them, one variation of which is a OneHitKill if the target isn't wearing a Franklin Badge. Some of [[HollywoodNerd Lloyd and Jeff's]] weapons are RayGuns.[[RayGun Ray Guns]].
27th Jan '17 4:24:37 PM ILikeRobots
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* The ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}} series features the PK Beam series of [[PsychicPowers PSI]], which are only usable only by [[BadassAdorable Ana]] and which didn't appear in either of the later games. The [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Starman]] enemies are particularly fond of attacking with them, one variation of which is a OneHitKill if the target isn't wearing a Franklin Badge. Some of [[HollywoodNerd Lloyd and Jeff's]] weapons are RayGuns.
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