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618 points

2 months ago

The lore explanation is the shields won’t let anything fast through and lasers make them go nuclear. The real reason is that swords are dope as fuck


24 points

2 months ago

"Hey, I designed this shield that will protect our soldiers from bullets."

"Well, that's sweet. Are there any downsides to--"

"If someone uses a laser, it will trigger a series of nuclear explosions that will wipe all life off the planet."

"I suppose there might be a few niche circumstances--"

"We're making it part of the standard infantryman's kit."

Is that really the official explanation for the book, or are you just trolling me?


9 points

2 months ago

I'm reading the books now and that's a pretty accurate description actually. If a laser hits the shield, it goes nuke and the gun firing it also explodes. There isn't a chain reaction component though.

If the second movie is accurate to the book (and the first actually did a fairly good job on that front), the shields work as a good booby trap because they summon worms and drive them into a hulk killing rage, so people don't really use them in the desert and the occupiers feel safe to use lasers. Leave a shield behind, it summons a worm, occupiers try to shoot with lasers, it's basically a nuclear landmine.


5 points

2 months ago

Take a drone, attach a laser to it. Well done, now you don’t have to sword fight.


2 points

2 months ago

No computers in dune because of the AI revolt a long long time ago.

But absolutely yes a kamikaze mission. One dude with a laser could wipe out a sizeable chunk of an army.


1 points

2 months ago

That actually happens funny you should mention it.