Proof of Console: Episode 4 – Viva Pinata’s Cannonata

    This is Proof of Console, the show where we find an aspect of a video game or series and examine it through a mathematical or scientific lens to see just how plausible it is.

    What sort of aspects are we talking about? Have you ever wondered how much actual money a golden Jiggy from Banjo-Kazooie is worth? Curious about how plausible space travel in Mass Effect is? Proof of Console is all about using real-world science and math to explain fictional things. No game is too complicated or obscure, and there will almost always be some definitive answer by the end of the video.

    Viva Pinata is an enjoyable little sandbox game where the aim is to cultivate pinata animals and send them off to parties around the world through use of a giant cannon in the middle of the island. But can you really fire a cannon that can wrap around the world? And if not, where would be the most advantageous location for a island like this so it can reach as much of the world as possible? That’s what we’ll be exploring on this episode of Proof of Console.

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    Casey Coulter
    A writer, teacher, artist, and all around nerd who has been pumping out stories and comics and drawings since he was six. When not writing, playing, or thinking about video games, Casey teaches high school English and honestly, probably tries to integrate video games in that, too.


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