Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Geek Hero #4: Gordon Freeman

Gordon Freeman: His other crowbar is a Gravity Gun

Gordon Freeman (of the Half-Life series) is not your typical theoretical physicist. Gordon was having an average day at the Black Mesa Research Facility, but before he knew it, he's accidentally opened a hole in the universe, and now invaders from the Xen Dimension are pouring into reality. Armed with a Hazardous Environment Suit, a crowbar, and a few other weapons, Freeman battles extradimensional invaders and gigantic monsters in his crusade to save the world.

Also, he never talks. How weird is that?

Geek Cred:
  • Freeman's a theoretical physicist. His Ph.D. is from MIT.
    • His life's work: The teleportation of matter
    • His thesis on the subject: Observation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Entanglement on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through Nonlinear Transuranic Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength (ELW) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array.
      • An MIT education: $36,000. Per year.
      • Writing a doctoral dissertation with a five line title: Priceless
  • At the time of Half-Life, Gordan is working for Black Mesa on a top secret research project.
    • He's investigating Anomalous Materials (Whatever they are, they must be extremely geeky.)
  • When he isn't wielding his trademark crowbar or some sort of firearm, Freeman's weapon of choice is a gravity gun.
  • Being a physicist, Gordon tends to pal around with other scientists. Also, a gigantic robot named "Dog."
  • OVERALL SCORE: 10/11
    Day-Saving Ability:
    • Although he's a physicist, Gordon spends a lot of time on the side doing other things. You know, like saving the planet from extradimensional invaders.
      • His trademark weapon of choice while doing so? A crowbar. If that isn't hardcore, nothing is.
    • After accidentally opening a hole in the universe to the Xen Dimension, Freeman actually goes to Xen to destroy the leader of the extradimensional aliens. He does so.
      • To put this in perspective, Gordon is theoretical physicist. This guy sits around and thinks all day. He probably doesn't even spend much time experimenting in labs. And then he goes and fights bloodly aliens. That'd be like Albert Einstein picking himself up and winning World War II all by himself, only more awesome.
    • Twenty years after going to Xen, Freeman returns to Earth and finds that the Combine, another group of extradimensional aliens, has conquered the planet. What does he do? What any good physicist would:
      • Picks up his crowbar
      • Fights the Combine
      • And then starts a human rebellion for good measure
    • OVERALL SCORE: 10/11

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