When we had the choice between Void Mother and Atlas during the last story arc, I went with Crimson Atlas.
Very much my thinking. If you want to acquire the super power of binocular telescopic vision, it would be a good start to buy a pair of binoculars.
If you want to defeat muscular enemies in their dozens, you don’t need a magic sword - you need an assault rifle.
Similarly, if you want to communicate over huge distances almost instantaneously like a comic book telepath, then a mobile phone is probably a good idea (also doubles as a Star Trek communicator).
We all became super heroes some time ago - we just didn’t notice.
Oh, but what about a magic assault rifle, huh?
meh. These are inventions that require intelligent groups who manually build these possibilities one step at a time while pushing past the walls of the ignorant.
An assault rifle is easily stumped with some armour plates, a mobile phone dont work after nodes are damaged, and binoculars are limited in scope.
Super powers go beyond the capabilities of simple machines.
A magic sword in No Man’s Sky would be fun to play around with if there were an enemy that rendered all our current tech useless. This sword could be something capable of growing with the character in a symbiotic way becoming the ultimate end game item. The staffs could be a step in this direction.
The magic sword (looking like lightning, plasma, wood or crystals) would be capable of morphing into the tech we remember like a suit, jetpack, scanner, and even pew pew weapons or laser beams.
That sounds way too calm for the center of the milky way. That region is violent
I mean, didn’t we do those kind of lookup tables back in the days before processors had hardware-accelerated floating point processing?
Or maybe that was just lookup tables for sin, cos and tan from 0 through 90, which I guess would be slightly different to storing the ratios of a triangle directly, but not by much. My times of tinkering around with a GBA are just way too far back and way too short to remember precisely.
But I guess he does have a point about base-10 being a shitty system to do ratioes in. But computers are binary anyways, which is even worse, and there’s no way around that. Expressing floating point values that need a high degree of precision as a function that calculates a fraction is a pretty time-honored programming technique none the less, though, so I don’t see much revolutionary coming from this…