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Game Theory: Why Call of Duty Ghosts Should Terrify You


Skip the latest Call of Duty? Then you have no idea about the biggest threat hanging over our heads, right now. *Game Theory theme* Hello internet, welcome to Game Theory. The show that slightly more lovable the a military trained German Shepard rendered in 720p. Uhh, joke about Call of Duty dog? Check. Jab at Xbox One graphics? Check. Uhh, let’s see what else is on this list. Unoffensive Statement About Call of Duty? Huh. Okay, love it or hate it, there is no denying that Call of Duty is one popular franchise. And despite past installments wearing the Modern Warfare moniker loosely, I mean come on! Russia makes so many bad military offensive maneuvers throughout the series, I could probably dedicate an episode just to that. The latest entry, Ghosts, certainly knows how to predict the way we’re all going to die. But in case you missed it and I’m sure about 82% of this show’s retro gaming core audience did, don’t worry, I’ll give you sufficient cause to run to your bunkers. I’m not saying that this game is worlds more accurate than its predecessors, uhh, quite the contrary, the game has more fantasy elements than my high school love life. I mean, when your entire premise is a federation of South American countries banding together to fight the U.S., you’re really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel for new nationalities to kill, at this rate the next COD will be America fighting the United Forces of Australian Kangaroos and Kiwis. (You know, come to think of it, that sounds like a pretty cool game.) Anyway, ignoring the ridiculous enemy, the complete lack of stealth for a game that supposedly centers around a stealth and the gun fights in space that hilariously ignore the laws of motion and inertia guerrilla group one key plot point immediately caught my attention. As I mentioned earlier, “Ghost COD” must take place in a non-World Cup year, since South America isn’t watching Soccer all day, and in its newly found free time decides to hijack a space weapon belonging to the United States. But this isn’t just any science fiction death ray or orbiting missile base, it’s a satellite system that attacks via what’s known as “Kinetic Bombardment”. Cutscenes of this defense system in action show long metallic rods falling to Earth, gaining speed through the atmosphere and blowing up like bombs upon impact. “Well that’s unusually creative.” I thought to myself upon first seeing it. “I wonder where they got that idea?” So I did what I do best. Research. And what I found was equal parts fascinating and terrifying. You see, Kinetic Bombardment didn’t first appear in COD Ghosts, other games like Battlefield 2142 and Syndicate Wars, even Black Ops 2 all feature these raining rods of death. But the idea dates back much earlier, as far back as the Cold War, but what’s it all mean? Well, Kinetic Bombardment is the act of attacking a planet’s surface with an inert projectile, where the destructive force comes from the Kinetic Energy of the projectile impacting at very high velocities. That’s an overly complicated way of saying: “Hold an object up high enough and drop it and it’s going to do some damage”. In fact, these rods from space would be hitting the ground at Mach 10. To translate, a Mach is equivalent to the speed of sound, which at sea level Is 770 mph or 343 m/s, Mach 10 then is ten times that speed, 7700 mph or 3430 m/s if you’re metrically inclined. But, similar to figuring out the destructive force of the Majora’s Moon, we need to know how massive these rods are before we can make the call on how deadly they are. Back in 2003, the United States Air Force proposed schematics for a Kinetic Bombardment system, similar to what’s depicted in COD Ghosts. The falling rods were to be made of Tungsten and measured 6 meters long and .3 meters wide, the reason for choosing Tungsten is that it’s one of the densest elements known to man, or at least one of the densest without having a stupid name like “Seaborgium” or “Dubstepium”. In other words, more mass for every inch of your rod. And while we’re on the subject of massive rods, the reason they’re rods and not say spheres or Tungsten cubes, is that their narrow structure and long shape reduces the friction they’ll experience falling through Earth’s atmosphere, meaning more energy and penetrating power when they hit the Earth. In the end, more destruction and the possibility of obliterating underground bunkers. Anyway, measuring the mass of these rods, (Ugh. I need to stop saying that I’m playing around with rods.) Each one impacting the ground would equal anywhere between 10 to 120 tons of TNT. 120 tons of TNT is certainly a lot, but to put that in perspective, It’s about 1000 times less powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II. So, if nuclear weapons are so much stronger than these glorified chin up bars, the smart commenter will ask: “Why rods and not say hydrogen bombs?” And there are a few reasons. The first is that the rods reach their target in between 10 and 15 minutes, significantly faster than a plane could fly in and drop a bomb. Plus, they’re incredibly hard to defend against. Think about it, it’s a one foot wide hunk of metal falling at Mach 10, just try to target that. And finally, it’s already been done… Well almost. Remember how I said the concept dates back to the Cold War? Well between 1968 and 1983, the Soviet Union deployed what was known as a “Fractional Orbital Bombardment System”, instead of putting rods in space, the system was designed to put nuclear warheads into Earth’s orbit, later de-orbiting them to hit any location on the Earth’s surface in a matter of minutes. That’s right Jiminey Cricket, you’re not wishing upon a star, that’s a twenty kiloton payload shooting across the sky. And the Soviets would of gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling diplomats. On January 27, 1967, the “Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies”, or as it’s known by its friends, the “Outer Space Treaty”. Outlawed any nation from being able to put a Weapon of Mass Destruction into orbit around the Earth. It also outlawed installing them on the Moon, which in turn ruined my childhood dream of building a lunar doomsday laser. In other words, this system would be in place already. The only thing that’s keeping you from having a “Fat Man” hanging over your head is a sheet of paper from the 60s. Yeah, that’s real comforting. So then, that brings up the question, why are we talking about this at all? I just said weapons like this were illegal, right? Well… people looking to conquer the world are clever little buggers with smart lawyers, and those smart lawyers just so happen to find loopholes in the agreement. Sure, they can’t have Weapons of Mass Destruction in space, but by the definition of Weapon of Mass Destruction, that only eliminates chemical, biological and radioactive weapons. More conventional weapons like bullets, heat rays, laser cannons, or in this case, giant destructive rods are 100% fair game. Wait a minute? Lasers are okay? Haha! My laser death cannon is once again a go! So that’s all well and good but how close are we to having to worry about this thing? Quite honestly it’s getting closer by the day. I present to you the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which has been flying over your head for the last year, or so. It’s a reusable space plane, developed by the U.S. Air Force, that can launch and enter orbit in minutes, allowing for speedy surprise attacks from outer space, without actually sending up a dedicated satellite. And for all you Eco-conscious viewers, it’s also reusable. During the last year it’s been running secret tests for the military, and although many conspiracy theorists have claimed it’s being used as a spy plane, which in all likelihood it probably is. It’s also the perfect vehicle for carrying and delivering the so called “Rods from Gods”. And in one final connection between the game and real life, Call of Duty’s rod defense system was named “ODIN”, the real life initiative is named “Project Thor”. Either way, if this thing becomes a reality, there’ll certainly be thunder raining down from the heavens. Well done Infinity Ward, good research. Just goes to show that even in a game written off by so many as narrow-minded, xenophobic, military porn that grossly misinterprets political issues, there are still important lessons to be had. And if there’s one lesson to be taken away from Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s this. Duck and cover. But hey, that’s just a theory, a Game Theory, Thanks for watching. Welcome back to the “Super Amazing End Card Tournament!” Where last time you liked Ronnie’s face the best, I mean, I’m not jealous or anything, Ronnie’s a very good looking guy, sure. But you know, as host of this show, you would think that you would’ve clicked on my face a little bit more, instead of me placing third, but not bitter or anything. This week a simple question: Call of Duty. Yes or No? Genre defining series of shooters or ultra-violent disgrace to video games? #FPYes or #CODNO. Click on one to choose and before you do be sure to subscribe for more weekly reasons to stay awake scared in your bed at night fearing for your life. Man, between this episode, the Polybius one and falling to death out of planes from the Assassin’s Creed episode, the show reaches some pretty dark areas. Anyway, that’s the end of the episode, now if you’ll excuse me, my foot’s asleep so, I have a date with some painful pins and needles.

Robin Kshlerin

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Camille Cunningham Posted on September 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Modern warfare my gey 2019 come on plz i think. I found one

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  2. leonhaku Posted on September 22, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Actually, towards the end of the game, it turns out the South American countries actually managed to reverse engineer ODIN into LOKI which also drops kinetic bombardments just smaller and more surgical in scope.

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  3. HvP_73 Posted on September 22, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    4:24 ummmm……..
    Well that's a long D 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Reply
  4. DAE DAE Posted on September 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    we all know xbox has better graphics then a gaystation

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  5. DaNiKzz Posted on September 22, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Wait why does it say Black ops 4 in description?!?

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  6. Freedeoxide Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Ah s*it here we go again

    Reply
  7. Some1InSpace Posted on September 23, 2019 at 1:40 am

    2032???? 😆

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  8. Spoopy KazyChu Posted on September 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Hey i loved ghosts its really good

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  9. Silver the wolf Posted on September 24, 2019 at 4:34 am

    #FPyes but now im scared matt pat why?!?! ( . _ . )

    Reply
  10. M Inez Posted on September 24, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Seeing our old qunari friend raised I question in my mind, why there's no Dragon Age theory here? That game's lore is massive and full of mysteries. I'd love to hear Matt's thoughts about Arlathan, Titans, Fade, Evanuris, The Maker and all that!

    Reply
  11. M Inez Posted on September 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Brazil? In alliance with other South American countries? Really? Like, Brazil hate communists and think everyone apart from USA is a communist. Brazil's government is more likely to destroy Venezuela than join it. Just saying…

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  12. prodi duckplayz Posted on September 25, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Tho this was a new video in my recommendation…

    Turns out this video came out in 2014

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  13. Henry Nicholson Posted on September 26, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    loki is in the game, they are 23 mini ODINS/THORS.

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  14. Dianaosoalldlf,ghhgchmdjdjdxjxjdjd Santiago Posted on September 27, 2019 at 10:50 am

    YES

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  15. Imidasui Xerodam Posted on September 27, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I WILL make a orbital cannon-thingy

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  16. Tachanka's Turret Posted on September 27, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Btw the rods are named the Rod Of God

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  17. Your Next Door Neighbors Posted on September 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    America would never attack Australia as it is one of its closets allies. They have fought beside each other during ww1, ww2, Vietnam Wall, Gulf war, Korean War and Afghanistan. And The us has established many bases of operations in Australia and are planning or have even done the construction of a nuclear launch base is Perth.

    Reply
  18. ColdStream84848 Posted on September 28, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Any one else watching in 2020

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  19. SpookiHallow Posted on September 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    6 years later we have modern warfare remastered

    Reply
  20. Dopamine King Posted on September 28, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    There not Tungsten.

    Reply
  21. TheIronQuack Posted on September 30, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Call of Duty Ghosts: the cliffhanger ending you'll never get closure on

    Reply
  22. LukeTheDucko Posted on October 1, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Kiwis are in new zealend u wank

    Reply
  23. Anthony Pilo Posted on October 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I LOVED GHOSTS LIKE IF U DID 2

    Reply
  24. PPO Anims Posted on October 1, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    whos watching in 2094

    Reply
  25. v6FiRE ! Posted on October 2, 2019 at 1:54 am

    OMG i remember this broo i miss CoD Ghosts that game was my favorite

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  26. nerf 101 Posted on October 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Loki actually was another Odin system in ghosts

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  27. Daniel Hesse Posted on October 2, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    The only thing that scares me about Ghosts is having to play it again.

    Reply
  28. No need to, skeet! Posted on October 3, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Maybe because in the game, my hometown got obliterated

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  29. Itz_Ray M8 Posted on October 3, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Does this include the K.E.M Strike on Ghost?

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  30. Zeteny Gyulavari Posted on October 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    4:25 lol

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  31. Aira Cummins Posted on October 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    No silly my classmates are some of the densest things on earth

    Reply
  32. Keishin B237 Posted on October 4, 2019 at 8:32 am

    quite late to this but eh, in Ghosts there is a weapon system called LOKI. It's basically ODIN but on a much smaller scale, intended for precision strikes instead of blowing apart half the eastern seaboard. You can see it in COD: Ghost's multiplayer.

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  33. Dawne Valerie Boorne Posted on October 4, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    #spYes

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  34. Mini Riko sakari Wow Posted on October 5, 2019 at 2:51 am

    4:26 demonetize it

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  35. TypicalVideos Posted on October 5, 2019 at 9:12 am

    It has terrified me because of how terrible it is

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  36. John Hrasky Posted on October 5, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Cows: Moo Moo
    Chickens: Cot Cot
    Dogs: Woof Woof
    Aaaaand….

    A depressed me: um… 2019?

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  37. Austin Blankenship Posted on October 5, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Why is it call of duty black ops 4 in the description?

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  38. S0L4R ECLIPSE Posted on October 6, 2019 at 6:23 am

    It’s currently October 6th 2019 and I’m just now seeing this?

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  39. cloudycube gamer Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Why not place a creeper inside that rod?

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  40. Fernando Soto Posted on October 6, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I played it on my Ps3 like 5 times in a row once… Lol

    Reply
  41. Sophia Papadatos Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:39 am

    hey
    whats wrong with a couple roos and kiwis

    I live in Australia

    also what the heck is a shrimp

    Reply
  42. Sophia Papadatos Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Basically, matpat just allowed everyone who feels like it to legally send weapons (not of mass destruction) into space.

    great.

    Reply
  43. Thebest247 Gaming Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Who else grew up watching him

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  44. YaTerribleParent Posted on October 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    oct 7th 2019

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  45. Joshua Harris Posted on October 8, 2019 at 1:50 am

    I cant wait for ghosts 2

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  46. Boyd Valli Posted on October 8, 2019 at 7:21 am

    X box 1 to 😐

    Reply
  47. Nyzir Holmes Posted on October 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Your intro is scary

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  48. Gir Posted on October 9, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Every time I see mW2 logo I cry rip ghost it feels bad to type that cause I don’t want it to be true

    Reply
  49. Captain Campion Posted on October 9, 2019 at 4:32 am

    WOOOO gam Thery

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  50. the blue dragon Posted on October 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I watch it only becouse u have it

    Reply
  51. HappyGuy99 / Happylord999 Posted on October 9, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    This was in the second G.I. Joe film, it was called progect Zeus.

    What's with people naming apocoliptic weapons after gods

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  52. Obzerio's Lyfe Posted on October 10, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Wheres the friction when theres no air

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  53. mythlover20 Posted on October 10, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Americans vs the ANZACs? Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha! laughs in Australian.

    Reply
  54. Margarito Rodriguez Posted on October 12, 2019 at 3:55 am

    #FPYes

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  55. GodlyChalupa Posted on October 12, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I know I'm late to this… But if the treaty is only limited to nation's… Doesn't that mean that any lunatic with billions of dollars could very well put nuclear weapons into the sky due to the fact that they aren't a civil government but in actuality a singular body? Surely by now the committees have looked back on this and seen the flaws in their treaty right?

    Reply
  56. Ben Lane Posted on October 12, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Minecraft KEW's

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  57. Dream .340 Posted on October 12, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    5 years later Oct. 12 2019

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  58. Joshua Hopkins Posted on October 12, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    4:24 dirty mind contest

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  59. soviet union Posted on October 12, 2019 at 6:08 pm

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  60. Alexander Dornewass Posted on October 12, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Blast to the past, BLAST TO THE PAST!

    Reply
  61. Stephen Stephenson Posted on October 12, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Ah yes, the year FNaF came out. The year that let out a million screams bringing theories far and wide

    Reply
  62. GG gamer Posted on October 13, 2019 at 5:37 am

    #FPYes for mobile

    Reply
  63. POT-8-O Posted on October 13, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Not gonna lie
    Good thumbnail

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  64. Nycto Posted on October 13, 2019 at 9:20 am

    This turning up in anyone’s Recommended in 2019? No? Just me? Ok.

    Reply
  65. Ailji -Playz Posted on October 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I feel like I'm the only one that likes call of duty ghost ever since it was released

    Reply
  66. Ghost G4ME5 Posted on October 14, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I should know Cod Ghost… I was the 2nd Ghost

    Reply
  67. 8 Clad Gamer Posted on October 14, 2019 at 11:11 am

    2019 anyone? Lol. Love you matt

    Reply
  68. TitanTerminator101 Posted on October 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Ancient

    Reply
  69. Jonathan Locke Posted on October 14, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    The most terrifying thing about COD Ghosts is how bad it was

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  70. Jaden Mango Posted on October 14, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    You dumbass! Now North Korea knows how to kill us!

    Reply
  71. Shinobi Reaper Posted on October 15, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I still play ghost but on PS4

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  72. Kellan Schroeder Posted on October 16, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Give a explanation to the Denizens

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  73. iReact&Game - Fortnite & More Posted on October 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    MatPat : More mass for every inch of your rod

    Me : … THATS A FRICKIN PE-(google translate : a man’s hotdog with no bun)

    MatPat : (editing video. decides to be non-advertisement friendly)

    Reply
  74. Umar Ikhwan bin Ahmad Faisal Posted on October 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Before the video starts, a Call Of Duty ad played.

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  75. Geovanny Posted on October 19, 2019 at 4:46 am

    pretty much all south america has history with the usa. The usa got involve in many military campaigns n coups. so I think there is some embers to start the cod ghost story of south america attacking us.if they had flesh out more the federation of why the are atk the usa it could had been new time line and star another series but they bad justcause. Also the us made a orbital missile weapon for peace reason .

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  76. Lillie Brooks Posted on October 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    6:02 why’d you gotta nuke nj, what did it do to you?

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  77. Valos Music Posted on October 20, 2019 at 12:45 am

    I'm subscribing back to people who sub to me 👀

    Reply
  78. Oli LegoTM Mapping Posted on October 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Cod yes all the way

    Reply
  79. Oli LegoTM Mapping Posted on October 20, 2019 at 8:34 am

    FPYes

    Reply
  80. Tophat & Mustache Posted on October 20, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    [ Insert dick joke here ]

    Reply
  81. Isaac Windholz Posted on October 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    The one made by the feds was called loki

    Reply
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