The SCIENCE! Behind Skyrim's GIANT Catapult

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  • Finn Bazz

    I love new Skyrim players taking on giants and watching them get introduced to the Nord Space Program.

  • Collin Skone

    My rule for Bethesda games: If it prevents me from progressing in the game, it's a glitch. Otherwise, it's a feature.

  • Kiro Akimada

    Is this a bug or a feature?Bethesda: "Yes."

  • David AE Levy

    no more science videos?! :*(

  • Random Pessimist

    I already miss the swear-y version of austin

  • The Game Theorists

    13:45 AUSTIN! I'm so excited to start working with you on the channel! Welcome to the team! And thanks to the Shoddycast crew for letting you hop on over! You guys ROCK!

  • Jackson Harris

    I had to write a letter to one of my teachers as a mid year exam and the second I typed the word dear, all of Austin's videos simultaneously played in my head

  • Fearghus Keitz

    Your character can easily be launched by a giant while carrying 300 or more pounds, meaning that plus his body weight is launched into the air by the giant

  • Neo2266

    So if i wanna fly... i just have to make a plane crash right next to me, and i should wear earplugs

  • Satan

    Hears loud noiseA giant just killed someone in China.

  • Ken Frazier

    So, in other words, getting hit by the Giants really... Hertz.

  • Jimbo McGringus

    I mean, not to mention that giant would have to weigh god knows how much in order to survive the impact he created seamingly unscathed...

  • Triforce Hub

    I love that you can use a skyrim giant to power the DeLorean

  • chase minick

    can we get the science behind Titanfall 2 titan drops? would love to see it :D

  • Eric Mater

    What would it take to double jump? It could be just a force hard enough to compress air enough to act as a solid or is there no posable way? Would you need wings or other forces to do this? A game to look at could be sonic just to make things easyer becouse of his speed.

  • Per Dilling

    Am I the only one who assumed that it was the giant hitting you so hard you bounced off of the ground, and not them hitting the ground, that flung you upwards?Not that it necessarily makes it more realistic, but wouldn't it require less force to bounce an object of a hard surface than send waves through it?Maybe it would even change the outcome! ...Just a thought... =)

  • KomRade493

    I guess this channel is dead?

  • PUR3_GR1FF3N


  • Jerry C

    Gotta say that you should have stayed on Shoddycast. You made way more videos while you were focused on this channel and they were a hell of a lot more entertaining

  • A Stock Photo Of Spaghetti

    I'm here to break your theory:Wouldn't the club break if it was hit on the ground that hard

  • Clunk 42

    The giants throwing you in the air actually isn't a glitch. If you type psb into the console command and then go through all the spells, you can find the spell giants sometimes cast after killing people.

  • SonOfMyths73

    The giants haven't taken over Tamriel because, quite frankly, they are a peaceful race who don't attack without provocation and are content to live out their live with their mammoths and painted cows from the locals without EVER sending anybody up into the stratosphere.

  • Dylan Baer

    Onetime, I watched a giant beat the shit out of a frost dragon. The giant killed it in 7 or 8 hits

  • Primo Emo

    Wouldn't the average weight be around 90 kilograms because of your inventory?

  • RocksHaveFeelings 2

    They should have done giant trebuchets instead. It is the superior seige weapon

  • Logan Crabtree

    Do the SCIENCE behind the spy in team fortress 2 pls

  • The Golden Mantis

    Ok, I am NEVER going to a giant camp. EVER

  • Dylan Baer

    Reality: Club breaks like a toothpick

  • Viking the Mad

    This shit is like Game Theory before it went to shit.I love this math.

  • Dan J

    As insane as all this is, if you have a higher-quality shield and a decent block skill, you can block the giant's club. The Dragonborn can block a plane. Makes you wonder why he can't just block the ground when he falls.

  • Gabriel Jack

    I actually killed my very first and second giants(and their mammoths). Only the third one gave me the scare of sending me to space.I used a bow, kept my distance and never let them close in, using rocks they couldn't climb to block their way and jumping from one side to the other of the rock (it took ages).Somehow I lured a dragon it to fight the mammoths and the dragon killed the mammoths, then I killed the dragon. It was kind of a crazy situation and I remember I shouted a lot in real life and ran and hid a lot inside the game.When I met the third giant I was cocky because I had killed the other two, I wasn't able to keep my distance that well (actually, glitched and teleported a few inches to be o top of the rock he wasn't supposed to be able to climb, but...) and then all it took was one hit...... maddening.

  • Norwegian MTB Guy

    I am fucking mindblown by how much you know, I know you get most of this from google, but it requires skill to understand and explain it further. GG

  • Eduardo González

    Imagine they make a reference to ShoddyCast in a Elder Scrolls game in the futureShoddorCost as a character, a scientist nord who talks and writes lots of letters to the main character. Make it happen, Bethesda

  • LUKA

    Actually that's not how it works, the physics in The Elder Scrolls are completely controlled by Todd Howard, therefore they are completely random

  • Wilhelm The wolf

    I got a idea for a fallout video...the SCIENCE! behind gen 3 synths in fallout 4...OK LETS DO IT!!!!

  • Jeff Vader

    Video idea, how does the cryolater work in fallout 4.

  • Mjhvhghgv Nhgcnggchgc

    I killed a giant while fighting a dragon the Giant killed the dragon then I killed the Giant with firebolt

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  • BluecaveGaming

    Actually the science for the Giants Slam makes no sense whats so ever! Everyone should know that in Skyrim you take fall damage, but you are already dead when the Giant strikes. Not to mention that you bleed when the Giant strikes, and your limbs should be decapitated from your body! You didn't even look at what material the Giants are using to kill your character! - Austin's Science Ruiner

  • britipinojeff

    I hope you eventually just replace MatPat on the Game theorists. Your videos are much more entertaining than his

  • DrRocketman 779

    Holy that's a shock wave...

  • Grayson Potter

    A used rage spells on a giant and the giant hit his fellow giant sending him to the stratosphere.

  • Raptor Jesus

    What I learned from this: The giants would be GREAT at baseball.

  • LordBaneThePlayer

    This is just basing it of a glitch.

  • CentrifugalFacewear

    pretty sure the giant space program is a bug. corpses are generally treated as near-weightless by the system, so whenever any force acts upon them they go along with it (like firing an icicle at a dragon skeleton and it going skating off into the wilderness), while trying to avoid any weird collisions that will clip them into things or into the level geometry. basically you et killed and squished down following the giant's attack, and then the game rubberbands you out of the floor, on top of the giant's force beign applied to your near-weightless body and off you go to visit the stars!

  • Bilpliz

    Can you make a THE SCIENCE video on titan fall 2

  • Kevin O'Neal

    So Austin, how does it feel to be the most intelligent person on The Game Theorists?

  • Karzak

    Rip the science on shoddy cast

  • MasterMax


  • Dai thang tran

    300% more......I thought u said 3 times more than normal sound wave not four times more

  • bloodrunner ballantyne

    hay ples can you see if the pre sequl (borderlands) butt sallming can it kill some one?

  • BossMode 47

    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!! The giant crushes your body with the 🔨 he has and your body either gets stuck in the ground or the pressure built up when he picks up the 🔨 makes you shoot up in the air

  • ThatOneBystander

    Dear Austin, Hey! It's me! The anonymous viewer that was just noticed! Today I have a very interesting weapon for you to do your SCIENCE skills on. That weapon is the Sheepinator from Ratchet And Clank 2, 3, and the PS4 remake. This weapon I used to be totally fine with, but after marathoning through all of your SCIENCE vids I couldn't help but notice that this weapon makes LITTLE TO NO SENSE. I mean, for starters, it can turn LITERALLY ANY ENEMY INTO A SHEEP. That includes robots, aliens, tanks, dropships, ANYTHING. Even bosses! So I just wanted to see the science behind that weapon. Sincerely, ThyHard

  • Bjarkegamer01

    make a THE SCIENCE behind doomfist

  • Andrew Demetriou

    Dear Austin, I have recently seen a post on Facebook asking about how tough a space marine would have to be to survive a decent to the earth travelling at terminal velocity. The game 'Space Marine' comes to mind when I think about this subject, I was hoping you might be able to help solve this problem by doing a video on it and how the mathematics could work. Please help.sincerely RageFacep.s. I love what you do and I wish I was half as intelligent as you, I've watched many of your videos and love how entertaining they are. I hope you continue to have a long, awesome and joyful career with your channel.

  • Sylnt45

    For the next science video whats the science behind the spirit bomb in Dragon Ball Z? How damn powerfull is it?

  • john li

    giants haven't take over because they are peaceful

  • Declan Pearce

    But what about the weight you are carrying and the armour?

  • dayrohan

    Meters? kilograms? It’s hard to follow, without using yards mph .I don’t understand these measurements and why they’re being used.

  • Lillian Finegold-Sachs

    You say that the only way it could work is by waves, but what if it worked like a see-saw: club hits ground at the right spot, slab of ground tips, unlucky player on end of slab is tossed into the sky. I know you probably have VERY good reasons as to why this is wrong, but being a dumb sophomore, I don't know these reasons. However, I would really like to.

  • Morgan Ward

    Would Project Purity have been successful considering its attachment to an irradiated ocean? If so what would that filter have to look like in order to clean that volume of water? Would that seemingly massive filter actually fit inside the Jefferson Memorial?We're shown through Fallout 4 that the northeastern seaboard saw quite a bit of nuclear activity (makes sense because population centers). In Point Lookout we see the seaboard south of the DC wasteland is heavily irradiated as well; potentially more so than the Commonwealth or DC. So if PP is stuck pulling hundreds of gallons of radioactive water to filter it and redeposit it on irradiated soil, what the fuck we're we doing all that for in the first place? Your Fallout 3 dad is an asshole.

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