MythBusters Looking To Tackle The Science Of Video Games

MythBusters, the science-fact television show that started life on the Discovery Channel, has put hundreds of rumours, myths and adages to the test. In the future, they will be tackling the fact and fiction of video games.

So said MythBusters co-star Adam Savage at Comic-Con 2010. Addressing an interested MythBusters fan's request to see, say, the physics of Ubisoft's Assassins's Creed leaps of faith tested - hey, didn't we already do that? - Savage offered more than hope. He offered confirmation.

"We have a couple of stories from video games that have been on the list for a long time," Savage says, including one tentatively named "Nintendo vs Pro."

"The idea is of taking a kid who has just got his drivers licence and training him on the Sears Point Raceway in a Formula 3 car and seeing if the training in the video game is good enough to make him able to compete in an actual [race]on that racetrack," Savage explained.

"There's a lot of material there," he added, promising that "at some point there will be a video game special."

The show's Grant Imahara added that he'd heard directly from Ubisoft about the publisher's interest in seeing the program tackle video game science.

Sounds different from GameTrailers' good Pop Fiction series, which explores video game myths along the lines of Mario's ability to jump over the castle flagpole in Super Mario Bros.

MythBusters: Video Game Special [Discovery - thanks, Sarah & Nightwheel!]


    Its like all my Christmases have come at once...

    I love that show :P

      I used to love it. But now it's just explosions every chance they get(did I miss the bit where Michael Bay became a director/producer for the show?), and all the team keep on repeating their results a billion times to you and it makes me rage.

        to me it seems like they have ran out of myths to do

    Haha, love the picture.

    "Tonight we test the myth that if you scale the side of a building, there will always be a pile of hay there to fall gracefully in to"

      "As you can see by this Jamie sized red splotch on the ground? Myth BUSTED!!!!"

        [^ Continues ^]

        *Grant walks up*

        Grant: "Er, I could have told you guys that..."

        Adam: "You tested it already?!"

        Grant: "Where do you think the Tory shaped hole came from?"

    Pretty sure Top Gear did the video-game race track one.

    Mythbusters is scraping the bottom of the barrel when coming up with their new myths. Their recent ones aren't even 'myths' anymore but mere hearsay.

    Some are downright ludicrous and unreasonable anyone can tell the outcome without thousands of dollars of equipment and labour.

    I stopped watching it a while ago when, like strand says the myths got stupid. I mean on the pirate episode they tested if wearing an eye-patch would improve your ability to see in the dark when taken off, as it would not have become accustomed to the bright sunlight. Anyone could immediately answer that yes, without going to the trouble of making some pathetic obstacle course.

    Feels like the show is really only catering to the under 16's these days. I'm sure this move to the science of games is just an expansion upon this and that the actual quality of the 'myths' being tested will still be very low.

    It's still infinitely better than Brainiac. *Shudder*

    Bring on the Myth Busters video game I say!

    It could be like the incredible machine (but with an advanced physics system) where you have to test the myth yourself. Then there could be user submitted myths that could be tested with the parts available.

    Then they could do a myth buster episode based on the game itself, seeing the tests people have proven right with the software then do it in reality. Oh so meta!

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now