Monday Comic Corner – The Descent

DaveyMarch 25th, 2013 by Davey

Video game physics- you have to love it. Discovered by everyone and exploited by speed runners. And sometimes the same sort of “trick” works across different games in a series, or even different franchises and developers completely. “The descent” is a particularly common one, but the mechanics of any game with explosions can be particularly fun to explore, and let’s not even get started on what interesting situations can arise when objects clip into each other. But without waiting any longer, hit the jump to see this week’s comic!

Of course this week’s feature comes to you by Corpse Run Comics. Who else would bring game physics exploration into the comic world?

The most interesting thing I find about this particular phenomenon is how many games “the descent” transcends. The Assassin’s Creed series, for one: if you assassinate a person on your way down, gravity cuts you some slack on that jump.

What I wonder about this is whether, in modern games, these kind of game physics appear because of limitations of technology, or because gamers are now comfortable with this surreality. I’m sure that video games could get frustrating if they were too real, and this may be a case where designers put enjoyability above reality.

What do you think? And what do you think of the comic? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Corpse Run Comics

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  • Anonymous

    I could never time that right. However, I could use that to get the Heart Piece over Dogongo’s Cavern…

    • Guy

      I normally move the bomb flower and back/side flip.

      • Anonymous

        It’s more awesome to jump from the far edge of the fence and barely not hitting the fence on the way there. Sometimes, hitting the fence messes up your flight and makes you fall on the wrong side.

  • Ron1212

    It’s probably the Master Sword that breaks Link’s fall….

    • The Hylian Monolith

      Sacred gravity-defying powers. Aw yea.

      • Roth

        It lifted the whole chunk of land that became Skyloft up beyond the clouds in the SS manga…

        • baileygirl99

          So true!

        • Hero of Time

          ‘Cept that ain’t canon, :P

          • Roth

            Hence the “dot dot dot” in my post. ;)

  • bill

    It clearly shows link killing gravity…

    • Rath

      LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING LINK THE POINT EARED MUTE HERO OF TIME!!! EVEN IF YOU COULD DEFEAT GRAVITY, YOU CANNOT DEFEAT RATH!!!!

      • Roth

        Am I the only one who does not get this?

        • Rath

          LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ROTH, WHOSE NAME IS SIMILAR TO MY OWN, BUT LESS AWESOME! GO TO YOUTUBE AND LOOK UP “RATH FAIL” BY XLR97! IT’S NOT THE WHOLE CLIP, BUT WATCH IT ANYWAY!!!

          LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING COMMENT PROGRAM THAT DOESN’T HAVE WORKING LINKS!, YOU DON’T HAVE WORKING LINKS!!!

          • Anonymous

            “Best Rath Scene” by cwisotoe has the whole thing. And you’re right, Discus isn’t letting me link either. What’s wrong?

          • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

            You have to type (minus the spaces) around the link to make it be a link. You know, HTML? Or it might be because you’re unregistered and it doesn’t want spammers.

          • Anonymous

            Whenever there’s a link or url, it just loads, and loads, and loads, and loads, without ever reaching the “type phrase here” box that used to appear.

          • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

            Well then the problem is you’re unregistered. They don’t want unregistered people to be able to spam links, because they have no captcha for you to type to prevent spamming. This way no robots can advertise on Disqus The registration takes 30 seconds and you can choose the name Anonymous…

      • Anonymous

        Nice. Rath is one of the few things I search for when looking up Ben 10 episodes.

  • Guy

    Favorite OoT attack :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/anatara43 Amber Evans

    Totally already seen this

    • Guest

      Totally don’t care

    • EzioCRossfire

      Corpse run makes good comics.

  • pizzaman

    That never works when I try it!

    • Anonymous

      You and me both.
      And I’d like a large pepperoni and sausage.

  • oozy the wolf

    gotta love nintendo logic

  • Tehlul

    Ah the memories. I remember using the wall slide too

  • Roth

    Only works in some games, I forget which (could be an exploit they removed in later releases, too). Others, it resets your speed but doesn’t cancel the damage from the distance. Yet I don’t know how many times I’ve counted on this and discovered that, contrary to some nostalgia, it doesn’t actually work.

    • Nevan Lowe

      I’ve tested:

      WW

      TP

      OoT3D

      Don’t work in any of them.

      • Tatl

        they swicthed stuff up in OoT3D because they thought it needed different stuff than from the origanal!

      • Roth

        What about the GC ports of the N64 titles? That’s where I get my MM fix, but it’s been a while.

        • Nevan Lowe

          Not sure. I own the GC ports so I will test.

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        It works in OoT though.

  • I WANT IT

    anyone think that the ending pose on the middle one is super awkward???

    • sombody you dont know

      yeah it is.

    • CChaplin

      How about you try jumping off a cliff and see how graceful you look? ;)

  • baileygirl99

    XDD so funny!

  • LINK

    heh

  • Midna’s Sister

    Lol, true.

  • Kieroni

    The first game that I ever really played was Ocarina of Time. You can fall from 10 feet or 100 feet and take the same amount of damage. So when playing Twilight Princess, I was at the top of the frozen Zora’s Domain and wanted to get back down, so I jumped, thinking that I would just take a heart or two of damage. I fell, and died…. x.x Discovered that they changed fall damage since 1998. Lol.

    • Nevan Lowe

      Not if you put on the Iron Boots.

    • rjhewgyrfu (aka ruifgyqforug)

      Actually, falling from 10 feet does not deal the same amount of damage as falling from 100 feet in OOT. Falling from 100 feet deals 1/2 heart of damage, while falling from 10 feet deals 0 hearts of damage.

      No seriously, someone should make a comic about that. If you don’t understand, go to the Spirit Temple, complete it if you haven’t already, get into that circular platform in front of the Colossus’ face, jump down and release the control stick (to make sure you don’t roll). You’ll land perfectly safely from a height of about 250 feet. :P

  • npatoray24

    i love it hahaha

  • oshawottanastas

    Thats so me forgetting to roll losing my last heart…. lol

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bs88145 bs8814

    lol
    Logic…

  • Mseevers95

    If Zelda and Mario had realistic physics Nintendo would go bankrupt.

  • Omega

    go link hit the jump to see the comic

  • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

    Tried this in TP. Went to the Lakebed Temple and jumped down into the boss room. When the chute ended, I did a jump attack. It worked, and I didn’t take any damage.