TheRulesLawyer, on 07 May 2012 - 11:45 AM, said:
You're looking at it wrong. Battlemechs display a stabilized aim point, not where the barrels are pointing. The mech's computers are trying to hit that point. Once you wrap your head around the fact that where the barrels are points and where the recticle is aren't always the same place it all make sense.
couldn't agree more.
there is a reason weapon sights are located on the weapon, its because once you remove your point of view from the weapon then things become distorted.
essentially, your mech is almost always (head mounted weapons excepted) shooting ''from the hip''
I ask you, do you think its possible to have much accuracy if you are aiming your gun from your hip like mechs do? Go play laser tag or paintball, then think about it, if the gun isn't in line with tyour eyes and the target, then you're relying on your instincts. A computer's instincts are nowhere near what a humans could be, and even if they were, hydraulic rams, servo motors and myomer muscles are all going to have some lag time induced when they are used, not unlike a clumsy chld.
Oh, and there is still a point to have a sight there, even if the weapons won't always hit the middle of it, it still points you in the direction you are facing, and from that you can guess where the weapons should hit (thus the more skill means better ability to judge where the shots will land - no blaming a RNG)
as to the super computers that they should have in a thousand years, in just the last 50 years, it was predicted we would have flying cars, and live on mars by now. That hasn't happened, who's to say we don't advance computers per moore's law for the next thousand years, and ecen what we do, we destroy most of it in the succession wars.