[gundam] Mobile suit mechanics

Doc (figureight@pacific.net.ph)
Fri, 12 Mar 1999 22:29:18 +0800

Just a query on how mobile suit pilots control their machines. Mobile
suits closely mimic actual human movement. Is this programmed into the
suit itself (as in, press a button marked "draw beam sabre" and the MS
will automatically reach backward and grab the sabre's hilt)? Or do the
pilots have to supply the actual reflexes for MS to act (ala the
"neural-interface" used in Robotech/Macross or servos like those used in

The fact that the suits hold their weapons with hands seems a
impractical redundancy especially considering the added effort needed to
program the necessary moves/reflexes into the suit's computers. But
having the weapons built-in to the suit's structure (ala Battletech or
Robotech Destroids) will limit MS flexibility to combat situations.

Now assuming MS designs had other things in mind than combat (which we
do see in the shows--mobile suits helping in rescue attempts,
reconstruction, etc.), that would make programming them even more
tedious--you would have to imagine every conceivable motion/movement
situation that the MS might enter.

Would skip the need for explanations if pilots actually thought their
machines through the motions.
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