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DuckBillHatypus Mar 28 @ 3:49pm
A Study On Head Crab Mortality and Pseduo Symbiotic Behaivour
Or: "Is There A Rational Reason For These Damn Inconsistances?"

When you dispatch with a head-crab zombie through a body shot, there's a chance that the head crab will survive and attack you. For obvious reasons, a headshot to a zombie will never allow this to happen as the crab is killed . So far so good. Now though, there's someting that's been bothering me; how come when you kill a zombie by firing discs at it, using the Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, the crab is always killed, even when the crab itself is not hit by the disc?
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Nathan Mar 28 @ 6:42pm 
I agree, that is a funny inconsistency.
If I were to make up an explanation, I would think of something on the lines of the headcrab having some nerve lines or something running through the body, you know, to control it, and the shots can miss many vital nerves, allowing the crab to detatch without much damage, but the disc cuts them, creating such intense pain that the crab dies, because you're severing, in a sense, a part of the crab itself.

Hope that makes sense, only an armchair speculation I made up as I was reading your funnily titled topic.
A Dud Mar 28 @ 6:52pm 
Because having to kill the headcrab every single time you fired a saw blade at a zombie would be annyoing as all hell.
Sinnaj63 Mar 29 @ 2:04am 
Do you really expect a simple HEADCRAB to survive an Overkill? We are talking about tiny Headcrabs, not Striders.
Bomberman Mar 29 @ 3:48am 
this is deep
DuckBillHatypus Mar 29 @ 8:05am 
Originally posted by Nathan:
I agree, that is a funny inconsistency.
If I were to make up an explanation, I would think of something on the lines of the headcrab having some nerve lines or something running through the body, you know, to control it, and the shots can miss many vital nerves, allowing the crab to detatch without much damage, but the disc cuts them, creating such intense pain that the crab dies, because you're severing, in a sense, a part of the crab itself.
:headcrab:
Hope that makes sense, only an armchair speculation I made up as I was reading your funnily titled topic.

I originally thought that, but then I recalled the headcrab zombie torsos that you sometimes find; surely if being cut in half was the reason the crab died, then how are they still alive (indeed how is the zombie itself still alive?!)
DuckBillHatypus Mar 29 @ 8:06am 
Originally posted by Sinnaj63:
Do you really expect a simple HEADCRAB to survive an Overkill? We are talking about tiny Headcrabs, not Striders.

But then surely a high powered body shot with a gun, which instanly kills the zombie, would also kill the crab?
Sinnaj63 Mar 29 @ 10:03am 
Originally posted by DuckBillHatypus:
Originally posted by Sinnaj63:
Do you really expect a simple HEADCRAB to survive an Overkill? We are talking about tiny Headcrabs, not Striders.

But then surely a high powered body shot with a gun, which instanly kills the zombie, would also kill the crab?
Wait, you had a HEadcrab survive Disintegration? Are you sure your Combine Balls were ok?
DuckBillHatypus Mar 29 @ 3:18pm 
Originally posted by Sinnaj63:
Wait, you had a HEadcrab survive Disintegration? Are you sure your Combine Balls were ok?

Well not disintegration, per say, but a shot from the revolver insta kills a zombie and yet can allow the head crab to survive
Rambonxious Puppy™ Mar 29 @ 3:49pm 
Originally posted by DuckBillHatypus:
Originally posted by Nathan:
I agree, that is a funny inconsistency.
If I were to make up an explanation, I would think of something on the lines of the headcrab having some nerve lines or something running through the body, you know, to control it, and the shots can miss many vital nerves, allowing the crab to detatch without much damage, but the disc cuts them, creating such intense pain that the crab dies, because you're severing, in a sense, a part of the crab itself.
:headcrab:
Hope that makes sense, only an armchair speculation I made up as I was reading your funnily titled topic.

I originally thought that, but then I recalled the headcrab zombie torsos that you sometimes find; surely if being cut in half was the reason the crab died, then how are they still alive (indeed how is the zombie itself still alive?!)
Maybe the sudden severing of the connection between half of the nervous system controlled by the headcrab induces shock on it, Temporarily incapacitating the head crab, and they either recover as a torso, or die because of the pressure. Just another theory of mine.
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DuckBillHatypus Mar 30 @ 11:58am 
Originally posted by Rambonxious Puppy™:
Maybe the sudden severing of the connection between half of the nervous system controlled by the headcrab induces shock on it, Temporarily incapacitating the head crab, and they either recover as a torso, or die because of the pressure. Just another theory of mine.

But by that logic, then a body shot also doesn't kill headcrabs, but incapcitates them. But the headcrabs can still leave their host from a body shot, but not from a slice shot, bringing us back to the original problem

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MB | Ghost λ³ ☃ Mar 30 @ 1:56pm 
It's a game.
The end.
weegeeman123 Apr 15 @ 5:48pm 
Originally posted by Nathan:
I agree, that is a funny inconsistency.
If I were to make up an explanation, I would think of something on the lines of the headcrab having some nerve lines or something running through the body, you know, to control it, and the shots can miss many vital nerves, allowing the crab to detatch without much damage, but the disc cuts them, creating such intense pain that the crab dies, because you're severing, in a sense, a part of the crab itself.
:headcrab:
Hope that makes sense, only an armchair speculation I made up as I was reading your funnily titled topic.
like plague incs neurax worm made my mind a little better ;)
Sinnaj63 Apr 16 @ 1:06am 
Originally posted by weegeeman123:
Originally posted by Nathan:
I agree, that is a funny inconsistency.
If I were to make up an explanation, I would think of something on the lines of the headcrab having some nerve lines or something running through the body, you know, to control it, and the shots can miss many vital nerves, allowing the crab to detatch without much damage, but the disc cuts them, creating such intense pain that the crab dies, because you're severing, in a sense, a part of the crab itself.

Hope that makes sense, only an armchair speculation I made up as I was reading your funnily titled topic.
like plague incs neurax worm made my mind a little better ;)
I do't get what you want to say.
weegeeman123 Apr 16 @ 3:48pm 
its like plague inc evolved: neurax worm connects its nervers to the brain which is similair in way to the first theory.
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