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#1
I didn’t really know where to post this and I don’t really know if this is an obvious question. But anyway...

In really old video games, such as Doom, when you fire a gun you see the muzzle flash and then the effect of the bullet on the alien or enemy. But what happens to the bullet in between this sequence?? It doesn’t exist in the game yet still appears once it’s called upon in the position we expect it to.
I’m trying to come up with an analogy to understand wave function collapse. Lmao.
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1 week ago
#2
In the games you're talking about, nothing happens. "Velocity" of the bullet has "infinite" magnitude. But really velocity isn't something that needs to be considered, because as long as your gun points at the correct point on a 2d map, you will shoot whatever is the first object in the direction the gun is pointing in or it will stop because of in game physics limiting the maximum distance a bullet can travel.

So, because the velocity magnitude is infinite, there is no "after the muzzle flash" it all happens at the same time.
Another way is noting time = distance/speed so the time it takes to "reach" the enemy is 0 if speed is infinite.
Obviously this isn't true in real life, as the bullet has to penetrate the air and can't travel at infinite speed.
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1 week ago
#3
It is called Hitscan.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitscan
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