Talk:Bamboozler 14 Mk I

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Latest comment: 3 January by Artsyomni in topic Resemblance to "walking stick"


I've fixed the move, but it appears that the original MK spelling is correct according to Always Nintendo. Slate Talk Contribs 11:55, 28 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Confirmed on the AUEU version it's Mk (lower case) Slate Talk Contribs 16:37, 29 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Resemblance to "walking stick"

I think to characterize the Bamboozler as "resembling a walking stick" misrepresents the intent of the designers. Cap'n Cuttlefish uses an old Bamboozler as a walking stick, but that's because it plays into his design as an old war veteran who is somewhat attached to his old relics. As evidenced by the Sunken Scrolls, Bamboozlers were standard issue during the Great Turf War in which he fought, and in his old age, he happens to use his old weapon as a makeshift walking stick. But to say that the weapon itself resembles a walking stick would be equivalent to saying that a musket resembles a walking stick just because a character in a story uses a musket as a walking stick.*

I think it would be more appropriate to point out that the Bamboozler resembles a simple hand-operated reciprocating pump (a common real-world example being a bicycle pump or a small portable balloon pump, but some simple water gun designs also use the same principle). All of the components of this style of pump are directly represented in the Bamboozler's design, down to the symmetrical handle that attaches to a rod/piston/plunger that pushes into the larger barrel/reservoir that contains the fluid that can be pressurized and forcefully ejected through a small outlet hole at the other end using the pump action. While this is not visibly how the gun is operated in-game, this is likely just a product of the animation limitations, where all weapons in a class use the same animations. I do acknowledge, however, that this is conjecture, though I believe it to be the most reasonable interpretation.

*Obviously the analogy to the musket breaks down somewhat because a musket has very little resemblance to a typical walking stick or cane, while a reciprocating pump does have a vague resemblance to a cane.

Artsyomni (talk) 17:21, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]