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Monday, August 4, 2008

Red Alert 3

may be worth getting. I think RA2 did a good job with the story with some strange quirks (dolphins? psychics?), even under the hands of EA (we miss you Westwood!).

Still, one wonders about the necessity of a third rotor on the Soviet Twinblade unit: http://www.ea.com/redalert/factions-soviets.jsp?id=Twinblade

In a standard helicopter, the tail rotor provides the necessary balance to the rotational counter-force generated by a single main rotor. Without a tail rotor (or an unbalanced one), when the rotor spins one way, the helicopter body should spin the other way. This is countered by the tail rotor which adds the necessary torque to counter this spinning. However, with 2 main rotors spinning in opposite directions, no tail rotor is necessary, since the rotational counter-force is canceled completely. Just look at the V-22 Osprey.

*sigh* I guess this is another instance of how when developers do research to make their games realistic, no one notices (because it's realistic), but when something goes wrong, people pick up on it.

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