How does Mario's kangaroo-like jumping abilities hold up against science?

By Shawn Knight
Feb 17, 2015
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  1. Over the years, we've come to accept the fact that Mario is quite the gifted plumber. For example, he's able to leap tall buildings in a single bound... wait, no, that's someone else.

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,752   +1,107

    Nope, I spent my videogame discussions with my friends on such far more important topics like 'Who would win in a fight...Samus Aran or Ninja Gaiden?'
    dms96960, Hexic and davislane1 like this.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,608   +295

    I would have thought they'd have modeled the jump for playability rather than to obey mathematical formula :)
    But fun all the same.
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +528

  5. The guy in the video doesn't know the difference between speed and acceleration. If a ball falls out a window, it will be traveling at 4.9m/s after one second, 19.6m/s after 2 seconds, 44m/s after 3 seconds, etc. Even his 10m/s^2 rounding doesn't come close to his 10/20/30 statement.

  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,559   +2,364

    This is PBS, not MIT OCW. What were you expecting?
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  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +780

    Well if that is so interesting ... I want to know how Pong is able to go back and forth and back so many times without ever hitting the floor? Anti-gravity boots?????
  8. Actually, the ball will have traveled a distance of 4.9m after one second, 19.6m after 2 seconds, 44m after 3 seconds, etc. The speed of the ball (which is what the guy was talking about) will indeed be what he said. My mistake.
  9. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    You are looking at it wrong. The ball IS on the floor. The ball is travelling horizontally while you look down on it. NOT vertically while you look from the side.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +780

    Naaaaa .... it started out that way, but after a few beers .... actually quite a few beers, it was on the ceiling, sideways ... I think we were the ones that ended up on the floor!

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