FPS games love to toss in an assortment of explosive barrels and other stuff to blow up among their scenery, letting players quickly dispatch large groups of enemies with a single shot. As part of their extensive series on weaponry, Ahoy looks back at the history of these common video game props, and why we still love them.
THE BEST Explosions
As part of the festivities at the 2020 Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival in Colorado, the pyrotechnics experts from Steamboat Fireworks bested the previous world record for largest firework shell by launching a 62-inch explosive package sky-high, illuminating the night skies for miles around.
To celebrate the holiday season and the end of the year, the folks over at FullMag and Black Rifle Coffee headed to the firing range to blow some stuff up with det cord. They starts out with a beautifully-timed, but less than explosive “2020” sign, and then made up for it with a truly fiery Christmas tree.
YouTuber The S loves to make stuff from cardboard, and often incorporates matchsticks into his designs. In this clip, he compiles four builds which incorporate jet engines powered by numerous lit matches. While they don’t travel that fast, the fiery launches are quite the spectacle.
Who doesn’t love watching things blow up in slow motion? The guys at Love High Speed captured a variety of explody things in front of the lens of a Phantom v2640 Onyx camera, and the images they recorded are quite spectacular. That not enough for you? Here’s a bonus clip.
You know those fireworks that look like a tiny tank? Well builder Peter Sripol decided to celebrate the 4th of July (and 1 million subscribers) by building himself a gigantic replica of the thing. Naturally, his version makes a lot more fire. Plus, it was reusable – at least for a while.
Burn, baby, burn. The guys from What’s Inside usually like to just cut things apart for their series. But this time, they teamed up with a Hollywood explosives expert to blow up a mirror-covered disco ball, Death Star style. We think they should have filled it with paint first.
Warped Perception aimed his high-speed camera at a bottle lined with alcohol, then lit it so we could enjoy the fire inside in glorious slow motion. Then, he stepped things up to nitromethane – the same highly-explosive stuff used in dragsters. Kids, don’t try this at home.
It’s kind of amazing to think that a small explosive charge is sitting in front of your face when you drive, but airbags are a critical part of making cars safer than ever before. Giaco Whatever decided to take apart some airbags so we can seen how they work in slow motion.
David Windestal has been entertaining us for a while with his rocket knife-powered destructive antics for a while. This time he and his pals pulled out all the stops, with a nighttime run with LEDs, sparklers, spray paints, and an enormous fireball… all to create modern art.
Because he hasn’t made enough dangerous things, Giaco Whatever teamed up with builder Kevin Lizotte to create a tiny cannon that’s ridiculously powerful for its size. The audio and slow-mo add to the drama, but we wouldn’t want to be on the business end of this thing.
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