Rejarial Galatan, on 06 May 2012 - 11:54 AM, said:
<sigh> saying 2012 <in most cases> technology is vastly superior <forgetting for the moment this is crossing reality/fiction lines> technology to something a THOUSAND YEARS beyond us is stupid. It would be akin to saying technology from 1012 is superior to ours now. While yes, some technology, like that that was used to build with such scary precision the Pyramids in Egypt <but the running guess is Alien assistance with that> can make SOME of our building practices seem like tinker toys now. But, combat tech a milennia from now will out strip ANYTHING we have now. period. Also, retreat is ALWAYS an option. No military organization would order its soldiers to remain in a fight when they are out of ammo or out gunned. They would face war crime charges for that. Now, drifting back into BTU saying that we are HUNDREDS of miles from our DS's or any other form of support to keep our machines going is stupid.
Clearly you have limited knowledge of the actual Battletech/Mechwarrior universe. It's a key point of the setting that planets and even governments do not all share the same technical expertise and capability that the United States, China, Russia or much of Europe or other even 2nd world countries has.
That ability was /destroyed/ through centuries of constant interplanetary war. They've lost the ability to create new Jump Ships for example, and Drop Ships, except for at those factories that are still running. They don't know /how/ to build new ones.
Their computers don't have the same targeting capability as a simple Smart Missile we have today. Communications are limited, some planets do not have satellites at all, or have their satellites destroyed by incoming raiders and enemy forces, so they cannot coordinate with ground/air units effectively, in some cases, the generals do not get information for /weeks/ after a battle has started!
So yes, they don't have the same technology we do today. They don't have access to perfect supply lines. Rearming a mech takes a long time, got to remove armor, open ammo bin, refill ammo bin, replace armor, this takes HOURS. Heck clearing a JAM can't even be done in the field in a lot of cases.
So, no, the mech that runs out of ammo shouldn't run off. He should stay in the game, provide cover, knock the enemy around, make them adapt and help control the battle field. Ammo shot at him is not ammo shot at still functional guns which allows your actual WORKING firepower to continue working.
In essence... just... yeah.