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The Mythbusters are taking on Doom and other video game myths

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Over the years, I’ve seen many shows debut and disappear from TV. But Mythbusters may just be one of the more enduring series to ever hit the airwaves. Love it or hate it, I’ve always dug the scientific approach of the show towards testing myths, then throwing all that research out the window to make a massive explosion.  James Bond, MacGuyver and yo momma have all been given the Mythbuster treatment. And now, video games are going to get a taste of Savage and Hyneman.

Mythbusters will be shining a spotlight on Doom in their next episode, as they tackle the legend of infinite pockets. “Is it possible for someone to lug around a half-dozen guns, grenades, a chainsaw and a bunch of health packs, while also fending off demons from Hell (or their closest equivalent)?” the show asks. I say yes it is, because I’ve seen how well prepared the Brakpan boy scouts are. Here’s a teaser of the upcoming show:

Using Doom 3 as a template for the myth, Mythbuster hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will be joined by id Software’s creative director Tim Willits for the episode, with the Bethesda blog adding that Willits will help the team “recreate a Doom level in real life.” I’ve done some mythbusting of my own, and I can scientifically confirm that trying to shove a white cube with a red cross on it into a lethal wound, will not heal any massive injuries. I was going to try and shove a plate of freshly-grilled turkey into my patient, but even our national health system has limits.

Last Updated: January 26, 2015

70 Comments

  1. While some positive attention towards games is nice, the topic is rather redundant isn’t it?
    Either way, it’ll be cool to see them re-create an actual Doom level in real life and go busting myths that were never really myths.

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    • Ceyber, The Metal Rabbit

      January 26, 2015 at 13:50

      Not like there aren’t enough actual myths out there worth solving o_O

      Think they’re just jumping on this “Gamer” craze which seems to predominate (mostly-American) media/news.

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      • Ryanza

        January 26, 2015 at 13:53

        Let’s see. RTS games makes you smarter. FPS games helps hand and eye coordination and ect.

        In America. Games creates killers. Fox News.

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    • Brady miaau

      January 26, 2015 at 14:01

      Just a bit of fun?

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      • Tosh the real #7 ZA

        January 26, 2015 at 14:02

        Yeah, but it’s not busting actual myths. That’s why I said it’ll be cool anyway, because Doom irl sounds fun 😀

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    • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

      January 26, 2015 at 14:52

      But it’s going to be awesome!

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  2. Ryanza

    January 26, 2015 at 13:36

  3. Lardus-Resident Perve

    January 26, 2015 at 13:44

    7/10 here would watch…

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  4. Hammersteyn

    January 26, 2015 at 13:49

    I hope they carry live ammo. Especially live rockets.

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    • HairyEwok

      January 26, 2015 at 13:51

      Ohhh the rocket launcher. If they make one that functions I’ll be highly impressed.

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    • Ryanza

      January 26, 2015 at 13:57

      Mythbusters testing out rocket jumps in Unreal Tournament.

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  5. Rock789

    January 26, 2015 at 13:52

    I see it going down like this:

    “Today, we investigate Video Game Myths. Myth 1: According to Doom, you can kill a Demon with a handgun. Let’s test it!”

    **Mythbusters summon a demon. They shoot the demon with a 9mm. The demon mauls everyone to death**

    On a separate note, I love MB – will be shweet to check this out and see how they go.

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    • RinceThis

      January 26, 2015 at 13:55

      Your heart is dead so you can’t love anything! *RUNS

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      • Rock789

        January 26, 2015 at 13:57

        That is true… Which is why I eat the heart of a peasant every fortnight – helps me keep up the appearance of being human… o_O

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 26, 2015 at 13:59

          You cannibal!

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          • HairyEwok

            January 26, 2015 at 14:01

            Does it make him a cannibal if he isn’t human and eats the hearts to appear like a human?

          • Rock789

            January 26, 2015 at 14:01

            What he said. 😉

          • HairyEwok

            January 26, 2015 at 14:04

            I tried helping bro sorry, I’m the only master race that cares for the peasants here it seems.

          • Rock789

            January 26, 2015 at 14:07

            I appreciate the help… For that, I’ll let you keep your heart… 😉

            **uses LoadShedding as opportunity to stalk Alien Emperor**

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 26, 2015 at 14:10

            What heart will you find there? *looks around nervously for the Emperor*

          • Lord Chaos

            January 26, 2015 at 14:11

            The supply Alien keeps locked up?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 26, 2015 at 14:12

            It is too cunning to be exposed like that!

          • Lord Chaos

            January 26, 2015 at 14:14

            Cunning? I thought everyone knew he keeps them in his po… I mean sock drawer.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 26, 2015 at 14:28

            More like his vault. But I have already said too much!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 26, 2015 at 14:01

            Yes, because he’s a console peasant eating peasant hearts ;P

          • Rock789

            January 26, 2015 at 14:03

            Touche’… :p

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 26, 2015 at 14:04

            tee hee

    • HairyEwok

      January 26, 2015 at 13:55

      Demon 9mm death – Busted

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    • Lord Chaos

      January 26, 2015 at 13:59

      This just made my Monday. Thank you. 😀

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 26, 2015 at 14:01

      But first they will need a gate to summon a demon. Oh please make this happen

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    • Sageville

      January 26, 2015 at 14:03

      LOL, someone would still write in:

      “You should have used a Desert Eagle instead of 9mm”
      “You should have summoned a Lesser Demon instead”.

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 26, 2015 at 14:05

        “He should have shouted “IDDQD”, then everything would be okay.”

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        • HairyEwok

          January 26, 2015 at 14:06

          I guess cheats are out of the question here. No life hacks allowed XD

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  6. RinceThis

    January 26, 2015 at 13:53

    This is AWESOME!

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  7. HairyEwok

    January 26, 2015 at 13:59

    One does not simply myth bust a persons imagination. Honestly though, how can you myth bust something that is created to be insane and not possible in the real world. No person can hold 10 weapons at a time and still sprint like he’s high on cheetah blood.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 26, 2015 at 14:00

      PCP?

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      • Ryanza

        January 26, 2015 at 14:02

        Bath salts

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 26, 2015 at 14:00

      Unless it is being looted somewhere in Johannesburg from a foreigner’s shop, that is.

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      • HairyEwok

        January 26, 2015 at 14:03

        Those poor people, I hope the government doesn’t blame it on games now, oh wait I guess it’s Jan van Riebeeck fault again for making the youth do it?

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 26, 2015 at 14:05

          Who knows? I give up. Either the ancestors/ van Riebeeck/ The queen of England/ Missionaries/ Settlers/ Piet Retief/ apartheid/ Christianity/ Dogs as pets/ EFF/ Xenophobia/ e-tolls/ Zuma made them do it!

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    • Weanerdog

      January 26, 2015 at 14:51

      Well add the adrenaline from being chased by all of hell and you just might.

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  8. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    January 26, 2015 at 14:10

    Dammit they needed to use HL as the template. Crowbar FTW!

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  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 26, 2015 at 14:16

    But where are they going to get the demons from? Do they have John Constantine on speed dial? Will they rope in the spawn of Satan, himself… Justine Bieber?

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    • Ryanza

      January 26, 2015 at 14:19

      They should make another Crow movie and use the Bieber. The world will rejoice and believe it was an accident.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 26, 2015 at 14:21

        Bieber as the new Crow? Dear heavens man… That would insult the memory of Brandon Lee (the one true Crow)

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        • Ryanza

          January 26, 2015 at 14:22

          So long as they fucking kill him.

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            January 26, 2015 at 14:23

            Justin Bieber can be the guy that gets impaled or viciously mauled by a pack of dogs.

          • Lord Chaos

            January 26, 2015 at 14:24

            I wouldn’t wish that on any animal.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            January 26, 2015 at 14:27

            I agree, Bieber would be of sub-standard food quality. Hopefully, they won’t swallow any of his meat….

          • Lord Chaos

            January 26, 2015 at 14:28

            Why not just cast him as the star of a tv series called “Ultimate Survivor” where we drop him off on top of Hillbrow tower?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            January 26, 2015 at 14:29

            We’ll finally be able to answer that age old question, “Will Bieber bounce once or twice?”

          • Lord Chaos

            January 26, 2015 at 14:32

            Was thinking more we land him safely on the roof, if he makes it to the bottom he can have a glass of tap water.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            January 26, 2015 at 14:36

            A glass? No sir, he is not worthy of a glass. Let him sip it off the ground.

  10. Ghost In The Rift

    January 26, 2015 at 14:17

    Too bad Tory,Kari and Grant got sacked, they would have loved this episode and have a nerd rage spree..XD

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      January 26, 2015 at 14:26

      I can’t say I’m too broken up by their departure from the show; they were annoying – especially Tori. What a meat head.

      “Y’all we gots to explode some shit” Sigh!

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 26, 2015 at 14:32

        Well i got use to them,my kind of nerds, like The Big Bang Theory would be the same without Sheldon? #NEVER..:-P

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          January 26, 2015 at 14:37

          True, without Sheldon, the Big Bang Theory would just be Lena Dunham’s Girls. 🙁

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          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 26, 2015 at 14:51

            LOL Thats exactly correct, Amy is almost there lol

  11. Kensei Seraph

    January 26, 2015 at 14:20

    That header and alt-text deserve a nomination for Header of the Year.

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  12. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 26, 2015 at 14:30

    Guys whatever happened to Tauriq Moosa?

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    • RinceThis

      January 26, 2015 at 14:31

      He’s alive on twitter 🙂

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 26, 2015 at 14:37

        On twitter, you say?

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  13. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 26, 2015 at 14:51

    Hahahahahaha. This is going to be AWESOME

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  14. Xcalibersa

    January 26, 2015 at 15:08

    Beyond stupid

    Reply

  15. Charl van der Merwe

    January 27, 2015 at 08:18

    They running out of actual myths I see.

    Reply

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