# How does a light-gun work?

I’ve always wondered how a light-gun worked. Can someone explain it to me?

I think that it shoots a light so dim, that the naked eye cannot see it, and so fast, that we couldn’t see it anyways. This light scans the part of the television where it is pointed, then that information travels through the gun, back into the console. This would execute actions right where the shot part would be. Take Duck Hunt for example, wherever it scans, is where it’d do the action (shoot).

Anyone else laughing at Setz saying “It shoots the light so fast you can’t see it”?

It could be simple extreme temperature, it could be eminiating a lightwave that for some very odd reason damages the nucleic structure of a being.

Dude, how the fuck am I s’pose to know that it does or does not actually do that? Anything is fucking possible. That’s why I asked.

Whoah. 984 wins. Thanks dude.

This is why on some NES shooters you could point the gun at a light bulb and hit the first target on the screen. They eventually caught on and stopped using the first target as an actual hit box.

Epic wins too.

Yeah.

Jesus. I didn’t mean like, a ray of light that goes on forever, I meant, maybe just a flash. Jeezx.

That’s not the reason. You have no idea of how light and your eyeballs interact, do you?

Explain it to me then.

What you “see” is actually light bounced off an object, sensed by your retinas and given form by your brain (This is the easiest way to explain it I can think off).

The point is, light travels at 299’792’458 m/s (metres per second). There is no “fast” or “slow” light, and I am laughing because I learnt this in school when I was nine years old.

Well, not all people were schooled in Argentina… =/

I get it now. You cannot see light in air. It has to be on an object.

Yes, everybody knows we have the best schools in the world, that’s why so many people from your hemisphere go to Harvard and Oxford, they are just too scared of competing with our superior race.

THERE IS ONLY ONE RACE

THE HUMAN RACE

Actually, under certain circumstances, light can be slowed down. I remember reading about an experiment that was able to slow light down to about 44 MPH. There was another study claiming to have sped up light, but most scientists thought that was an erroneous conclusion that didn’t take refraction and shit into account.

Nah, it’s because we can handle the spicy food.

Anyway, I was under the impression that a light gun worked like a camera.

I know, and Black Holes have enough gravity to capture light, so I suppose they also affect it’s speed. But since this is the guy who spend three pages worth of posts trying to imagine what non-existence feels like, I wanted to keep it simple.

Despite popular belief, not all Spanish-speaking America is concentrated in Mexico. We don’t have spicy food, we have meat. Lots and lots of meat.

It’s impossible to feel what it’s like to be non-existant. To not exist would eliminate all feelings, so it wouldn’t matter what it felt like, even if it did have a feeling.

Glad to see you finally got the idea after that whole freaking rant.