25 Video Game Mechanics That Simply Don't Work In Real Life

You'd never struggle to reach the thing on the shelf at the store if you could double jump.

Insomniac Games

Videogames, eh? They're a great time, full of exciting adventures and diverse worlds for us to explore and get lost in.

...They're also full of completely nonsensical gameplay mechanics which are made to heighten our experience.

In the real world, most of these mechanics simply wouldn't work and/or you'd get looked at in a suspicious manner if you attempted them.

In honour of these mechanics, let's apply them to as many real world situations as possible and see how we get on. If you can do even half of these in real life, we'd be very impressed indeed.

25. Looting Someone Else's House Being Acceptable


Imagine if you were just sat at home, your feet up, watching the telly, and some bloke just walked into your house, said absolutely nothing, rifled through your underpants drawer, and left with your hidden jar of pennies.

You'd probably think it was a bit out of the ordinary. But no, in videogame land, walking into a person's home, chatting with them (optional, but encouraged) and then proceeding to nick as much of their stuff as you possibly can is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

In fact, if you're really cheeky, you can simply just wander in, steal all of the things, then talk to the person afterwards. They won't bat an eyelid, honestly. In fact, they could even give you helpful hints to make your life easier, or have even been known on occasion to gift you with even more items.

Don't try this one in real life, please. You're more likely to spend a few nights in the cells than get any decent goodies.


Dan Curtis is approximately one-half videogame knowledge, and the other half inexplicable Geordie accent. He's also one quarter of the Factory Sealed Retro Gaming podcast.