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Demolition, p8

June 10, 2019 by Tim


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foducool
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foducool

*pausing sound*

GoddammitTJ
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GoddammitTJ

He has the same powers as TiVo!? *Keaunu Whoa intensifies*

Jakk Frost
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Jakk Frost

So when he pauses something, does it also trigger an “immortal” flag on whatever was paused? I mean, it’s probably safe to assume the grappling hook can hold a lot of weight, but couldn’t Duke just cut it still, unless being paused makes it “immortal”?

darkening
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darkening

Pretty sure it turns it into an immovable object, so cutting it’s not in the cards. Hell, even if he could, the cut off pieces would still be immovable and in his way.

Kenju
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Kenju

He could however just sever the arm, then he’d be free to move again, unless Ethan throws another grapple line to his other arm and both legs for good measure.Join the discussion…

Vedrit
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Vedrit

True, but note it’s the arm with the goods. Swapping the bag to the other arm will take precious time Duke doesn’t have and would likely get grappled some more, like you say. Alternatively, he could just get rid of the arm and try to escape, plans foiled.

HonoredMule
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HonoredMule

No need for an immortality flag. Damage and destruction themselves are features requiring special implementation/subsystems. If an object is paused, it will be skipped for all operations. In addition to movement/physics, that includes damage, deformation, event triggers, object splitting, etc. If you think about it, the “paused” object is the easy part. It’s everything around it (or the interactions between it and other objects) that will require special or more robust handling. That, and the special exception for “unpausing” the object. (The only way I see to make sense of these game-based powers is to interpret the real world as… Read more »

FireballDragon
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FireballDragon

Alright, now break open that suit of his and yank him outta there!

g00tch
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g00tch

So why wasn’t Ethan frozen?

Brent
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Brent

I think it’s because Gameboy touched the controller and not Ethan’s arm. There’s no transitive property action, so whatever Gameboy directly touches is what gets frozen.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

Same reason the Duke wasnt frozen.

Patty
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Patty

Ok, that’s a good point. What are the limits of the power? It can only pause the whole object/living thing the boy touches? So he would have a hard time pausing machines made of lots of different parts, like the robot, right?

Rex Vivat
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Rex Vivat

Not really, since the grappling hook is also made of different parts. It also affected Ethan’s clothes along with him last time, judging by the aura. The thief’s bag, too. I think it works more along the lines of a conceptual level of what constitutes the thing that’s being touched, maybe?

Hisham M Al-Beik
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Hisham M Al-Beik

I agree, I did look back and take a look. That did result in a few considerations and questions. From the looks of it, the people that are paused, can’t move eyes, talk or do anything. So is it like a time capsule? Is Gameboy the only one capable of permanently stopping Ethan? All Ethan has to do is die to escape any confinement. But with Gameboy’s powers, seems like Ethan can’t die (puts to question that anabolic/metabolic state of living tissues..). Also the question arises whether the person is conscious during it or not. i mean we can infer… Read more »

Urazz
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Urazz

I think his powers pause the entire machine. I think it’s because Gameboy’s powers are subconsciously controlled in such a way that he can only pause the things that are subconsciously think of as an entire thing or person. It’s a good thing he has this amount of subconscious control or else he would possibly pause the entire planet by accident.

RoWan
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RoWan

Well now, this is interesting…..
The operator can still move, but the suit is paused…
Limit to Gameboy’s power?

wkz
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wkz

As I see it, the operator is not paused, the arm isn’t either, but the wire entangled around the arm is.
It’s a gigantic shackle with a “Thou shalt not move” commandment applied to it. That arm isn’t going anywhere thanks to that.

ChaosSepher
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ChaosSepher

Say Tim, I was wondering if you had any familiarity with the Japanese super hero show Kamen Rider? Particularly Ex-Aid, which is the one with the video game theme.

Obi Wan
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Obi Wan

Oh hey, I remember this from Worm, where Clockblocker has that arm attachment from Kid Win to trap people.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

Tinkers are such a pain!

Mykolas
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Mykolas

Was coming down to say, “oh neat, he pulled a Skitter!”

Merendel
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Merendel

Yep. That was frankly one of the best moves that could be done with the power and its a wonder nobody had thought of it before then. he already pulled the freeze random objects into a barricade trick all the time. Why nobody thought to give him an Indiana jones whip that he could freeze when it wraped around a suitable target is beyond me.

ok whip would be bad idea with the jokes he would make about it but still the high tech tinker glove with deployable rope dispenser is logical.

Obi Wan
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Obi Wan

Pleasantly surprised to see more Worm readers. All hail Khepri!

Urazz
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Urazz

It wouldn’t surprise me if Gameboy starts carrying around tools and things he can use to help use his Pause power on. I.E. it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up using grappling hooks and other such things that he can pause that would prevent criminals from moving.

Paragrim
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Paragrim

Hell, if the kid got just a stack of paper he could climb any building. Just has to place in mid air pause it and make a staircase anywhere he wanted. or even wearing a cape himself, just pause it and boom instant barricade.

Ducky
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Ducky

I was just about to ask if Tim had read Worm. Hey Tim, if you haven’t read Worm, please enjoy: parahumans.wordpress.com

James Rye
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James Rye

This boy is smart! He should totally get some lassos himself or a gadget that lets him shots nets attached with a string to his gadget so he can touch it and capture villains. Such a useful ability!

Kaelin
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Kaelin

Well he did say this was an experiment, so maybe after this.

James Rye
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James Rye

I bet we see some epilogue page after this chapter where Gameboy tells his (probably hot) mom his awesome power display using a rope to stop a 3 meter huge Power suit.^^

BBQ Ribs
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BBQ Ribs

plot twist: the mom is lilah

Kaelin
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Kaelin

plot twist, ‘mom’ is the girlfriend… OR… reporter?

Urazz
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Urazz

Nah, I doubt Lila would be Gameboy’s mom. She, Ethan, and Lucas are all too young to be his parents I think since they look to be in their twenties. Now I do think Lilah could be Gameboy’s aunt or an older cousin that visits him every now and then.

Erik B
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Erik B

Also likely not girlfriend, because she reeeeeaaally doesn’t like supers. Whereas Gameboy’s mom is all for him doing community service, within a safe and reasonable limit.

nealithi
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nealithi

Immovable object meet resistable force. Oops not equal. =^_^=
I can’t help laughing here.

Critic
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Critic

Yep he is Clockblocker.

nealithi
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nealithi

Better. Clockblocker worked years before Skitter showed him tricks like this.

Merendel
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Merendel

ya very few of the capes in worm could innovate to save their life. Their power does X and X is all they do with it even with obvious side applications.

Him.
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Him.

I dunno about “unstoppable force”, but we certainly have an “immovable object” right here.

djhash
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djhash

So.. we’ll put up a wall. We’ll pause it. Then put Thor’s hammer on one side and Thor on the other. Will the hammer go through?

Jaysburn
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Jaysburn

Thor’s hammer is an unstoppable force? Tell that to Hella.

Halosty
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Halosty

So, he has to deal with any momentum the object currently has, but after that it’s an immovable object (relative to Earth or any other giant gravity well, I’d imagine)

Urazz
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Urazz

I can see a future costume for him having some shock absorbers or something to safely transfer the energy of that momentum somewhere else like the ground or something.

Tue
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Tue

Aaaw, did they just get a sidekick?

HonoredMule
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HonoredMule

Based on these rules, two thumbless gloves plus any kind of grippable objects and he can swing/climb anywhere he pleases.

darkening
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darkening

Anyone that’s ever seen an immovable rod used in dnd knows just what fun you can have with that lol

Crestlinger
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Crestlinger
Sigurther
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Sigurther

Huh. I wonder what the higher end limit to Game Boy’s powers are? Like, could they plunk him down on an ELE sized meteor and have him pause it while they figure out a way to divert it? Or stop the earth’s spin and orbit around the sun? Geeze, what about when this kid becomes an omega level mutant, will be be able to stop things remotely just by thinking about it? Or stop individual parts of a person, like, just their heart? Scary array of possibilities there. Hope he doesn’t go evil! XD

Ashi
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Ashi

What are the odds that Ethan tries to abuse Gameboy’s power by getting him to pause the doors to MegaGame?