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Study: Haystack Isn't Sufficient For Most Leaps Of Faith

Personally, I think they could've spent their time, money, and resources on something that wasn't quite so obvious.

But hey, I guess it's cool.

In the Assassin's Creed franchise, the player can make a Leap of Faith from tall structures; assassins then land comfortably and without injury into a haystack. Obviously, leaping from several hundred feet up into a freakin' haystack doesn't really work, but researchers at the University of Leicester have now proven that it doesn't work.

The study, called "Falling into Straw," tried to determine the heights and haystack sizes required to survive such crazy jumps. As the study states (via Eurogamer):

"While loose straw does undoubtedly provide cushioning from falls, the amount of straw used to cushion a character's fall is always the same, no matter the height of the jump.

Common sense dictates that the amount of cushioning, in this case, the height of a pile of straw, should be related to the height of the fall being cushioned. This is due to the increased kinetic energy of the jumper, which needs to be dispersed slowly."

The results? An average 1.5-meter haystack is just too small for the assassin to jump into from, say, the height of the Acre cathedral in the original Assassin's Creed. The conclusion is that a person could only fall from a height of about 12.5 meters (41 feet) if they want to be safe. However, one could jump from about 50 meters (164 feet) and maybe still survive with "serious injury."

So glad we know this now. I was going to try it.

Tags: assassins creed, leap of faith, assassins creed games

2/25/2015 9:03:22 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (9 posts)

newchef
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 9:20:17 PM
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this is kinda like Mythbusters doing the Doom myth about being able to carry all those guns without impeding your abilities, actually ended up being plausible once they got someone in who was reasonably fit

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Beamboom
Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 9:36:01 AM

Mythbusters are the first thing that popped into my mind too. Love that show.

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IPFreely
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 9:27:46 PM
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Maybe they don't make haystacks like they use to....

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Solid Fantasy
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 9:58:35 PM
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I wonder if the reload speed of the average shooter is realistically doable in real life. Or just the way they grab a weapon that been securely placed on there back.

Has anyone seen the behind the scenes footage of the Ocelot's gun slinging magic from Snake Eater. Turns out it really is possible. They had a very talented guy do the mocap for it and it was nuts!

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souljah92
Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 1:26:44 AM
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please tell me some tard broke his neck trying this in order to warrant this study lmao

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Beamboom
Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 9:36:32 AM
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I love these kind of studies. It's fun, and sometimes quite interesting results comes out of them.

Mythbusters FTW!

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Banky A
Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 4:35:46 PM
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Sick the world is less of a scary place now.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 9:06:59 AM
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http://youtu.be/VU2Fae_CNNY

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 1:51:36 AM
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yeah no sacracism there at the end ben.

but i guess its interesting to know there is stuff backing up what we all thought all along so thats cool i guess the other thing i was thinking though is if they did some weaving of the straw like they do kevlar in flak jackets wether that would help at all with cousining the fall.

happy gaming

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