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26th Sep '16 11:19:50 AM FordPrefect
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* Despite lasers not having been invented yet, the ''Literature/Lensman'' series actually has one of their more realistic depictions. Spaceships fight using intense beams of highly focused light which must be held on target and cut through things that aren't protected by forcefields. Somewhat ironically, the most unrealistic part in this case is that the lasers travel too fast, hitting instantly even when at great distance or travelling faster than light.

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* Despite lasers not having been invented yet, the ''Literature/Lensman'' ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series actually has one of their more realistic depictions. Spaceships fight using intense beams of highly focused light which must be held on target and cut through things that aren't protected by forcefields. Somewhat ironically, the most unrealistic part in this case is that the lasers travel too fast, hitting instantly even when at great distance or travelling faster than light.
26th Sep '16 11:19:03 AM FordPrefect
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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', one of Tony's new toys is [[spoiler:a Death Blossom-like spinning multi-laser thing]].

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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', one of Tony's new toys is [[spoiler:a [[Film/TheLastStarfighter Death Blossom-like Blossom-like]] spinning multi-laser thing]].
26th Sep '16 11:17:00 AM FordPrefect
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** ...which was a complete simplification of the Sandman's Gun in the book, which was (rather than anything to with lasers) was a heavy pistol with six selectable specialized shells in a revolver-like cylinder. Including the so-called "homer" round, which could curve to follow the target. The film retained the muzzle flash, though.

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** ...which was a complete simplification of the Sandman's Gun in the book, which was (rather than anything to do with lasers) was a heavy pistol with six selectable specialized shells in a revolver-like cylinder. Including the so-called "homer" round, which could curve to follow the target. The film retained the muzzle flash, though.
19th Sep '16 10:35:43 PM merotoker
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When you turn on a LaserSight, it immediately shows up on your target. This is because it's a laser and moves at the speed of light. So wouldn't you think a laser weapon would also (effectively) immediately hit the target? Logically, yes; but this is TV, where HollywoodScience rules. Thus, energy weapons move a ''lot'' slower than the speed of light (and a lot slower than bullets in the same show) and can be dodged after they are fired. Occasionally, it's {{handwaved}} by the dodger seeing the person aiming at them and going for the trigger, and moving in the split-second before they pull it. Also, don't expect the lasers to do more than make victims [[NonLethalWarfare stumble backwards a few feet]], unless of course the targets are [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman inhuman]] or just [[RedShirt not very important]].

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When you turn on a LaserSight, it immediately shows up on your target. This is because it's a laser and moves at the speed of light. So wouldn't you think a laser weapon would also (effectively) immediately hit the target? Logically, yes; but this is TV, where HollywoodScience rules. Thus, energy weapons move a ''lot'' slower than the speed of light (and a lot slower than bullets in the same show) and can be dodged after they are fired. Occasionally, it's {{handwaved}} {{handwave}}d by the dodger seeing the person aiming at them and going for the trigger, and moving in the split-second before they pull it. Also, don't expect the lasers to do more than make victims [[NonLethalWarfare stumble backwards a few feet]], unless of course the targets are [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman inhuman]] or just [[RedShirt not very important]].



* They are all over the place in the Mazinger series -''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''-. Mazinger-Z is equiped with EyeBeams, making it -again!- the TropeMaker in HumongousMecha, and Grendizer is armed with three or four kinds of different laser beams. Plenty {{Robeast}}s from all series are equipped with sundry kinds of laser beams, and the Vegans were mainly armed with ray guns or rifles. Dr. Hell also build ray guns for human use but intriguingly his minions nearly never used them. his CoDragons and {{Mook}}s [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter prefered guns or machine guns shot bullets]]. Both {{Humongous Mecha}}s and {{Robeast}}s are frequently seen dodging beams.

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* They are all over the place in the Mazinger series -''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''-. Mazinger-Z is equiped with EyeBeams, making it -again!- the TropeMaker {{Trope Maker|s}} in HumongousMecha, and Grendizer is armed with three or four kinds of different laser beams. Plenty {{Robeast}}s from all series are equipped with sundry kinds of laser beams, and the Vegans were mainly armed with ray guns or rifles. Dr. Hell also build ray guns for human use but intriguingly his minions nearly never used them. his His CoDragons and {{Mook}}s {{Mooks}} [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter prefered preferred guns or machine guns shot bullets]]. Both {{Humongous Mecha}}s and {{Robeast}}s are frequently seen dodging beams.



** Sailor Venus' Crescent Beam. It's described as been made of light, but moves far slower. Also in one notable occasion the Crescent Beam bounced on the enemy, regrouped as a ball on his head and then launched a dozen beams on his head (appropriately, this variant was named Crescent Beam ''Shower''), while in another Venus fired a few dozens ''curving'' beams.

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** Sailor Venus' Crescent Beam. It's described as been made of light, but moves far slower. Also in one notable occasion the Crescent Beam bounced on the enemy, regrouped as a ball on his head and then launched a dozen beams on his head (appropriately, this variant was named Crescent Beam ''Shower''), while in another Venus fired a few dozens dozen ''curving'' beams.



* Laser weapons are used to protect space stations in ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''. [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness They are invisible and hit instantly. Did you really think this show would have it any other way?]]

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* Laser weapons are used to protect space stations in ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''. [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness They are invisible and hit instantly. Did you really think this show would have it any other way?]]



* The [[AMechByAnyOtherName Martian Kataphrakt]] that lands in New Orleans in ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' uses bright red lasers as its primary weapon. In a nod to reality, the lasers hit instantly: the American F-22 squadron and Kataphrakt platoon defending New Orleans are picked off from extreme distance [[CurbStompBattle with no chance to fight back.]] It returns in Episode 18 and we find more details about it: it's called the Solis, and its lasers have a range that can hit satellites in orbit with perfect accuracy, making it the ultimate AntiAir weapon. However, it gets defeated when the United Earth military takes advantage of [[TruthInTelevision a very real limitation of laser weapons]]: [[spoiler: lasers only fire in straight lines, so when the ''Deucalion'' hits it with an offshore bombardment, the Solis is unable to hit the battleship because the lasers cannot account for the curvature of the Earth. The ''Deucalion's'' shells do not suffer this handicap and do arc down according to gravity.]]

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* The [[AMechByAnyOtherName Martian Kataphrakt]] that lands in New Orleans in ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' uses bright red lasers as its primary weapon. In a nod to reality, the lasers hit instantly: the American F-22 squadron and Kataphrakt platoon defending New Orleans are picked off from extreme distance [[CurbStompBattle with no chance to fight back.]] It returns in Episode 18 and we find more details about it: it's called the Solis, and its lasers have a range that can hit satellites in orbit with perfect accuracy, making it the ultimate AntiAir weapon. However, it gets defeated when the United Earth military takes advantage of [[TruthInTelevision a very real limitation of laser weapons]]: [[spoiler: lasers only fire in straight lines, so when the ''Deucalion'' hits it with an offshore bombardment, the Solis is unable to hit the battleship because the lasers cannot account for the curvature of the Earth. The ''Deucalion's'' shells do not suffer this handicap and do arc down according to gravity.]]gravity]].



* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins two]] [[FanFic/{{Frontier}} sequels]], this trope is in full effect (as to be expected with something involving ''Star Wars'') however the GARDIAN systems of the ''Mass Effect'' universe (being [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder]] [[MinovskyPhysics sci-fi]]) actually still act like lasers.

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins two]] [[FanFic/{{Frontier}} sequels]], this trope is in full effect (as to be expected with something involving ''Star Wars'') however the GARDIAN systems of the ''Mass Effect'' universe (being [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness harder]] [[MinovskyPhysics sci-fi]]) actually still act like lasers.



* Not long after ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', the MadScientist in ''{{Help}}'' had his flunky turn a laser on the Beatles...but seconds later a fuse blows. The flunky stammers "...wrong plug. Just give me five minutes..."

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* Not long after ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', the MadScientist in ''{{Help}}'' ''Film/{{Help}}'' had his flunky turn a laser on the Beatles...but seconds later a fuse blows. The flunky stammers "...wrong plug. Just give me five minutes..."



* ''Film/TheFantasticFour'' by Roger Corman has one of the most extreme versions. After Doctor Doom fires a laser beam at New York City from Latveria, Johnny Storm has enough time to make a quick statement to the others about "I never could beat the laser in that video game!", catch UP TO the laser on its way over the ocean, follow the ballistic arc it traces, and then use a bolt of fire as a ''Main/BeamOWar'' to eventually stop it.

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* ''Film/TheFantasticFour'' by Roger Corman Creator/RogerCorman has one of the most extreme versions. After Doctor Doom fires a laser beam at New York City from Latveria, Johnny Storm has enough time to make a quick statement to the others about "I never could beat the laser in that video game!", catch UP TO the laser on its way over the ocean, follow the ballistic arc it traces, and then use a bolt of fire as a ''Main/BeamOWar'' to eventually stop it.



* In Creator/RobertSheckley's short story "The Gun Without A Bang", an astronaut is sent to a distant jungle planet along with a new prototype laser gun he's supposed to test. Leaving his ship, he is promptly beset by a pack of dog-like predators. The gun works flawlessly, reducing dogs and wide swaths of jungle to dust, but because the gun doesn't make any noise and the beam is invisible, the "dogs" don't understand that the human is a threat and waves of them keep coming despite the fact that so many of them are being destroyed. (The man also has to worry about enormous severed tree-parts falling on him...) The man finally [[spoiler: desperately, fights his way back to his ship, only to discover the gun's beam has thoroughly Swiss-cheesed the vessel, rendering it useless. A rescue crew arrives months later, and learns the man survived by scaring off the dogs with a home-made bow and arrow, and using the butt of the gun as a hammer to build a shelter.]]

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* In Creator/RobertSheckley's short story "The Gun Without A Bang", an astronaut is sent to a distant jungle planet along with a new prototype laser gun he's supposed to test. Leaving his ship, he is promptly beset by a pack of dog-like predators. The gun works flawlessly, reducing dogs and wide swaths of jungle to dust, but because the gun doesn't make any noise and the beam is invisible, the "dogs" don't understand that the human is a threat and waves of them keep coming despite the fact that so many of them are being destroyed. (The man also has to worry about enormous severed tree-parts falling on him...) The man finally [[spoiler: desperately, fights his way back to his ship, only to discover the gun's beam has thoroughly Swiss-cheesed the vessel, rendering it useless. A rescue crew arrives months later, and learns the man survived by scaring off the dogs with a home-made bow and arrow, and using the butt of the gun as a hammer to build a shelter.]]shelter]].



* Creator/DavidWeber handles this particularly well, especially in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series (''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' InSpace, clearly acknowledged both by the author and in the series itself). There are multiple fights in the books where technologically inferior ship #1 sends out a radar pulse to try to find ship #2, which is received by ship #2 who then instantly triggers their laser weapon already targeted by their superior technology on ship #1, such that the return radar pulse is received by ship #1 immediately followed by the laser pulse which destroys them, because radar and lasers both travel at the same speed. Additionally, the primary weapons used by most [[SpaceNavy space navies]] is a "laserhead" missile that detonates near its target, with the nuclear explosion used to power dozens of powerful lasers that fire off in multiple directions. The missiles are designed to orient themselves prior to the detonation to aim the largest number of lasers at its target. Additionally, ships use turreted lasers for both offense (in the form of the powerful "grasers" [gamma-ray lasers] and the weaker lasers) and [[PointDefenseless point-defense]]. It's also pointed out that the sheer power carried by the grasers causes any matter they encounter to literally explode on contact, sending pieces flying as if from an artillery explosion, doing further damage to the ship and crew.

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* Creator/DavidWeber handles this particularly well, especially in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series (''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' InSpace, [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]], clearly acknowledged both by the author and in the series itself). There are multiple fights in the books where technologically inferior ship #1 sends out a radar pulse to try to find ship #2, which is received by ship #2 who then instantly triggers their laser weapon already targeted by their superior technology on ship #1, such that the return radar pulse is received by ship #1 immediately followed by the laser pulse which destroys them, because radar and lasers both travel at the same speed. Additionally, the primary weapons used by most [[SpaceNavy space navies]] is a "laserhead" missile that detonates near its target, with the nuclear explosion used to power dozens of powerful lasers that fire off in multiple directions. The missiles are designed to orient themselves prior to the detonation to aim the largest number of lasers at its target. Additionally, ships use turreted lasers for both offense (in the form of the powerful "grasers" [gamma-ray lasers] and the weaker lasers) and [[PointDefenseless point-defense]]. It's also pointed out that the sheer power carried by the grasers causes any matter they encounter to literally explode on contact, sending pieces flying as if from an artillery explosion, doing further damage to the ship and crew.



* Laser weapons in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' are considered obsolete -- the Lower Elements Police long ago switched to the more powerful and flexible neutrino weapons (which can be used as a [[StunGuns Stun Gun]] or to make precise cuts in a material)). [[spoiler: [[RockBeatsLaser As a result, it's been years since LEP suits were made laser-proof]]... which turns out ''very bad'' when a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] arms some disgruntled goblin triads with lasers and disables all neutrino weapons in Haven]]. The obsolete "softnose" lasers work by using an inhibitor to slow the beam down and increase power, justifying the trope.

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* Laser weapons in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' are considered obsolete -- the Lower Elements Police long ago switched to the more powerful and flexible neutrino weapons (which can be used as a [[StunGuns Stun Gun]] or to make precise cuts in a material)). [[spoiler: [[RockBeatsLaser As a result, it's been years since LEP suits were made laser-proof]]... which turns out ''very bad'' when a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] arms some disgruntled goblin triads with lasers and disables all neutrino weapons in Haven]]. Haven.]] The obsolete "softnose" lasers work by using an inhibitor to slow the beam down and increase power, justifying the trope.



* The works of DaleBrown have featured anti-ballistic missile lasers on modified airliners or bombers and ground-based anti-satellite lasers that [[spoiler: prove very capable of tearing spaceplanes a new one]]. There is realism in that the lasers are instantaneous, effectively undodgeable resulting in a SurprisinglySuddenDeath, aren't instant-kill but need time to burn through armour and the Kavaznya one at least was supported by a nuclear plant. At one point the operator of a laser on a modded bomber also notes the lack of the stereotypical sound.

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* The works of DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown have featured anti-ballistic missile lasers on modified airliners or bombers and ground-based anti-satellite lasers that [[spoiler: prove very capable of tearing spaceplanes a new one]]. There is realism in that the lasers are instantaneous, effectively undodgeable resulting in a SurprisinglySuddenDeath, aren't instant-kill but need time to burn through armour and the Kavaznya one at least was supported by a nuclear plant. At one point the operator of a laser on a modded bomber also notes the lack of the stereotypical sound.



* Happens in ''Series/DoctorWho'' fairly often. Cybermen sport wrist mounted lasers that can be seen flying through the air at their targets. Daleks have them as well, although In Universe these beams are described as electrical discharges that scramble the target's nervous system, rather than straight-up lasers. Even the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Time Lords]], the most [[MagicFromTechnology technologically advanced]] civilization in the universe, play this trope straight, as seen in their battle with the Daleks in "Day of the Doctor".

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* Happens in ''Series/DoctorWho'' fairly often. Cybermen sport wrist mounted lasers that can be seen flying through the air at their targets. Daleks have them as well, although In Universe these beams are described as electrical discharges that scramble the target's nervous system, rather than straight-up lasers. Even the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Time Lords]], the most [[MagicFromTechnology technologically advanced]] civilization in the universe, play this trope straight, as seen in their battle with the Daleks in "Day of the Doctor".



* In the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', both the hand-held guns and the viper-mounted guns were "lasers". The little [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience red or blue]] bolts they fired travelled with visible slowness.

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* In the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', both the hand-held guns and the viper-mounted guns were "lasers". The little [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience red or blue]] bolts they fired travelled with visible slowness.



* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' usually sticks with KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter, but laser weapons do make the occasional appearance. They're shown fairly realistically with a continuous beam that instantly hits its target, and the main reason they're not used much is that they just need too much power to run and are therefore not much use in hand-held guns. In {{Film/Serenity}}, lasers appear to be among the weapons used by spaceships. It's also mentioned that only Alliance military are allowed to carry weapons-grade lasers. The one guy we see actually using it goes with the ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney excuse.

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* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' usually sticks with KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter, but laser weapons do make the occasional appearance. They're shown fairly realistically with a continuous beam that instantly hits its target, and the main reason they're not used much is that they just need too much power to run and are therefore not much use in hand-held guns. In {{Film/Serenity}}, ''{{Film/Serenity}}'', lasers appear to be among the weapons used by spaceships. It's also mentioned that only Alliance military are allowed to carry weapons-grade lasers. The one guy we see actually using it goes with the ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney excuse.



* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' has the Light Beam, which looks like a multispectral laser and is really good at taking out the Ing. Strangely, the ChargedAttack behaves like a ReverseShrapnel shotgun. ''Metroid Prime: Hunters'' features the Imperialist, a laser sniper rifle, which strikes the target instantaneously, but creates a very visible red beam that lasts just long enough to give away the firer's position.

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* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has the Light Beam, which looks like a multispectral laser and is really good at taking out the Ing. Strangely, the ChargedAttack behaves like a ReverseShrapnel shotgun. ''Metroid Prime: Hunters'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' features the Imperialist, a laser sniper rifle, which strikes the target instantaneously, but creates a very visible red beam that lasts just long enough to give away the firer's position.



** ''[=MechCommander=] 2'' and ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' and ''4'', however, have lasers travel [[HitScan instantaneously.]] Interestingly, however, the 'Pulse Lasers' behave like (continous beam) lasers, and the 'Lasers' behave like pulse lasers.

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** ''[=MechCommander=] 2'' and ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' and ''4'', however, have lasers travel [[HitScan instantaneously.]] Interestingly, however, the 'Pulse Lasers' behave like (continous (continuous beam) lasers, and the 'Lasers' behave like pulse lasers.



*** ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'' had projectile "lasers" well before ''[=MechAssault=]''. It's a ZigZaggingTrope as far as ''{{[=BattleTech=]}}'' video game adaptations go.
*** So ZigZagged that ''[=MechWarrior=]'' Online and ''[=MechWarrior=]: Living Legends'' averts this trope completely. Not only do lasers travel and hit instantly, but pulse lasers actually flicker, unlike previous games where Pulse Lasers were depicted as chained-blobs.

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*** ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'' had projectile "lasers" well before ''[=MechAssault=]''. It's a ZigZaggingTrope as far as ''{{[=BattleTech=]}}'' ''[=BattleTech=]'' video game adaptations go.
*** So ZigZagged [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] that ''[=MechWarrior=]'' Online and ''[=MechWarrior=]: Living Legends'' averts this trope completely. Not only do lasers travel and hit instantly, but pulse lasers actually flicker, unlike previous games where Pulse Lasers were depicted as chained-blobs.



* ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'': Quick Man's [[ThatOneLevel/PlatformGame stage]] [[NintendoHard says]] [[ClusterFBomb hi]].

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* ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'': Quick Man's [[ThatOneLevel/PlatformGame [[ThatOneLevel/MegaMan stage]] [[NintendoHard says]] [[ClusterFBomb hi]].



* [[VideoGame/SilentHill3 Heather Beam]]

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18th Sep '16 11:16:05 AM Mietzsche
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* All laser weapons in ''VideoGame/{{System Shock 2}}'' fire slow prismatic bricks which you can dodge gracefully with a sufficient agility stat.
14th Sep '16 12:31:20 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'', AsteroidMiners use lasers to burn through the outer shell of asteroids to reach valuable ore pockets. However, the author appears to think that lasers are solid lances and what happens to the "front" of it affects the ship firing it. Specifically, the ship has to fire rockets to maintain position relative to the asteroid in order to counteract the push of the laser. That part makes sense (although you'd need the rockets to fire on a ''very'' weak setting). But when a laser beam encounters a pocket of ice, it burns through it much quicker than through rock... resulting in the laser somehow ''not'' pushing the ship backwards as if it's falling forwards. It's troubling that Card got this much detail about lasers right... and then completely fails, especially since it's completely unnecessary for the story. Then there are "gravity lasers"... and that all I'm gonna say about that.

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'', ''Literature/EarthUnaware'', AsteroidMiners use lasers to burn through the outer shell of asteroids to reach valuable ore pockets. However, the author appears to think that lasers are solid lances and what happens to the "front" of it affects the ship firing it. Specifically, the ship has to fire rockets to maintain position relative to the asteroid in order to counteract the push of the laser. That part makes sense (although you'd need the rockets to fire on a ''very'' weak setting). But when a laser beam encounters a pocket of ice, it burns through it much quicker than through rock... resulting in the laser somehow ''not'' pushing the ship backwards as if it's falling forwards. It's troubling that Card got this much detail about lasers right... and then completely fails, especially since it's completely unnecessary for the story. Then there are "gravity lasers"... and that all I'm gonna say about that.
30th Aug '16 12:18:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* Each of the three sides in ''{{Earth 2150}}'' has a unique EnergyWeapon (with the Lunar Corporation having an extra one). The [[TheEmpire Eurasian Dynasty]] has lasers, which fire bright red beams that hit instantly. However, unlike a typical laser, it doesn't do any damage. Instead, it rapidly heats the target until the target's power plant or ammo stores explode. If the beam is interrupted, the target quickly cools down with no damage. Building are almost impossible to destroy with lasers, as stone has a higher melting point than metal.

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* Each of the three sides in ''{{Earth ''VideoGame/{{Earth 2150}}'' has a unique EnergyWeapon (with the Lunar Corporation having an extra one). The [[TheEmpire Eurasian Dynasty]] has lasers, which fire bright red beams that hit instantly. However, unlike a typical laser, it doesn't do any damage. Instead, it rapidly heats the target until the target's power plant or ammo stores explode. If the beam is interrupted, the target quickly cools down with no damage. Building are almost impossible to destroy with lasers, as stone has a higher melting point than metal.



* ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' has at least three kinds of lasers. A number of TEC and Advent frigates have pulsed lasers, a typical example of a slower-than-light bolt. The TEC ''Kol''-class battleships are also armed with heavy orange laser beams. Pretty much all Advent capital ships BeamSpam bright blue laser beams. The ''Radiance''-class battleships can turn it UpToEleven with an incredibly powerful (and bright) laser beam the size of the battleship that pulverizes almost any target. Even Advent bombers are armed with hitscan lasers. Some Vasari capital ships get Pulse Beam weapons which fire a brief beam that hits instantly. Naturally, there are {{Game Mod}}s that add even more options.

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* ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'' has at least three kinds of lasers. A number of TEC and Advent frigates have pulsed lasers, a typical example of a slower-than-light bolt. The TEC ''Kol''-class battleships are also armed with heavy orange laser beams. Pretty much all Advent capital ships BeamSpam bright blue laser beams. The ''Radiance''-class battleships can turn it UpToEleven with an incredibly powerful (and bright) laser beam the size of the battleship that pulverizes almost any target. Even Advent bombers are armed with hitscan lasers. Some Vasari capital ships get Pulse Beam weapons which fire a brief beam that hits instantly. Naturally, there are {{Game Mod}}s that add even more options.



* ''Starcraft'' has comparatively few lasers: The first game had the Wraith and Battlecruiser's weapons which fired a single laser bullet at a time, while the Protoss Scout had "Photon Blasters". The sequel's Protoss have continuous laser attacks, from the Sentry to the Void Ray (which does more damage the longer it stays on target, and carries over to the next one).

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* ''Starcraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has comparatively few lasers: The first game had the Wraith and Battlecruiser's weapons which fired a single laser bullet at a time, while the Protoss Scout had "Photon Blasters". The sequel's Protoss have continuous laser attacks, from the Sentry to the Void Ray (which does more damage the longer it stays on target, and carries over to the next one).
17th Aug '16 9:02:01 AM kyojikasshu
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* Lazer Tag.

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* Laser tag in general, and the Lazer Tag.Tag and Photon brands in particular.
12th Aug '16 4:24:42 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' series has plasma weapons both handheld and vehicle-mounted versions, and the famous Spartan Laser; the Covenant Scarab unleashes a lightning-like green beam at targets, possibly an electrolaser. The Forerunner's creations use actual hitscan weapons which fire glowy beams that land with a sizzling sound. The Spartan Laser, likewise, also reaches its target almost instantly, although it lands with more of a 'boom' sound and takes some time to charge. Forerunner constructs are armed with weapons that fire bolts of hard light.
** Judging by the description on [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/M6_Grindell/Galilean_Nonlinear_Rifle the Halo wiki]], the Spartan Laser is actually a pulse laser - that is, instead of the laser projecting a continuous low-power beam, it shoots [[BeamSpam multiple beams in very quick succession, like a machine gun]]. Although not currently man-portable, there are real-world pulse lasers capable of what's known as "laser ablation", i.e. heating up the target so much and so quickly that they're ''torn apart with a series of tiny explosions''.
*** But wait, there's more! By further [[TimTaylorTechnology upping the ante]] with a technique known as "chirped pulse amplification", one can create lasers that can blast a single square centimetre of material with ''terawatts'' of energy. Said techniques are currently being used to initiate nuclear fusion and create "tabletop terawatt lasers", which are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what they say on the tin]]. [[IWantMyJetpack We're getting there!]]
** The earlier ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series also had all sorts of energy weapons which moved very slowly, and a number of typically near-hitscan bullet weapons. Since there were only one or two enemies with bullet weapons and one or two CoolButInefficient energy weapons you could use, this typically added up to you dodging lots of enemy fire and them ending up as bullet-riddled heaps of steaming entrails (when you didn't trick them into starting a fight with the other guy that was standing behind you.)

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series has plasma weapons both handheld and vehicle-mounted versions, plasma weapons, beam-firing sniper rifles, and the famous Spartan Laser; Laser (which also has vehicle-mounted versions). Also, the Covenant Scarab unleashes a lightning-like green beam at targets, possibly an electrolaser. The Forerunner's creations use actual Forerunners' most basic MechaMooks fire hitscan weapons which fire glowy beams that land with a sizzling sound. The sound; the Spartan Laser, likewise, also reaches its target almost instantly, although it lands with more of a 'boom' sound and takes some time to charge. More advanced Forerunner constructs are armed with weapons that fire bolts of hard light.
** Judging by the description on [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/M6_Grindell/Galilean_Nonlinear_Rifle the Halo wiki]], [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:Spartan_laser_many_beams.jpg As shown in this screenshot]], the Spartan Laser is seems to be actually a pulse laser - that is, instead of the laser projecting a continuous low-power beam, it shoots [[BeamSpam multiple beams in very quick succession, like a machine gun]]. Although not currently man-portable, there are real-world pulse lasers capable of what's known as "laser ablation", i.e. heating up the target so much and so quickly that they're ''torn apart with a series of tiny explosions''.
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explosions''. But wait, there's more! By further [[TimTaylorTechnology upping the ante]] with a technique known as "chirped pulse amplification", one can create lasers that can blast a single square centimetre of material with ''terawatts'' of energy. Said techniques are currently being used to initiate nuclear fusion and create "tabletop terawatt lasers", which are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what they say on the tin]]. [[IWantMyJetpack We're getting there!]]
** The earlier * ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series also (Creator/{{Bungie}}'s pre-''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' FPS series) had all sorts of energy weapons which moved very slowly, and a number of typically near-hitscan bullet weapons. Since there were only one or two enemies with bullet weapons and one or two CoolButInefficient energy weapons you could use, this typically added up to you dodging lots of enemy fire and them ending up as bullet-riddled heaps of steaming entrails (when you didn't trick them into starting a fight with the other guy that was standing behind you.)
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** Judging by the description on [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/M6_Grindell/Galilean_Nonlinear_Rifle the Halo wiki]], the Spartan Laser is actually a pulse laser - that is, instead of the laser projecting a continuous low-power beam, it shoots [[BeamSpam multiple beams in very quick succession, like a machine gun]]. Although not currently man-portable, there are real-world pulse lasers capable of what's known as "laser ablation", i.e. heating up the target so much and so quickly that they're ''torn apart with a series of tiny explosions''.
*** But wait, there's more! By further [[TimTaylorTechnology upping the ante]] with a technique known as "chirped pulse amplification", one can create lasers that can blast a single square centimetre of material with ''terawatts'' of energy. Said techniques are currently being used to initiate nuclear fusion and create "tabletop terawatt lasers", which are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what they say on the tin]]. [[IWantMyJetpack We're getting there!]]
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