Filiokus

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  1. Well, technically you are right. The calorie value (joules) in food stays constant regardless of the temperature of the food. But your body uses energy (joules) to maintain a body temperature, and when you eat cold foods you spend more energy on maintaining it since the cold foods lower your internal body temperature. [spoil]As a simple example, let's say you ate 1 pound of frozen turkey. I will just assume that the heat capacity of this is equivalent to 1 pound of water, which is close enough. The heat capacity of water is about 4 Joules per gram per degree Kelvin. 1 pound of water is about 450 grams. Body temperature is about 100 F (310K), frozen meat 32 F (270 K). So: 4 Joules * 450 grams * (40K) = 72 kJ = 17 kcal So, eating 1 pound of frozen turkey instead of turkey at body temperature causes you to burn an extra 17 calories.[/spoil] I just thought that it would be easier to raise the calorie value of the food instead of creating a more complex system.
  2. I've crawled through the snow, fog, and over the ice. I see a cabin in the distance, and I run over there before the dark consumes the horizon. Well inside, I rejoice over what seems to be a stove and some conveniently placed firewood. I light a fire, and I rummage through my backpack to find something edible. Maybe one of my twenty cans of pork and beans? Or one of my thousand cans of soda? Canadians must love their soda. But why can I not heat my can of food on the stove to get some much needed warmth in my belly? Warm food should give more calories, and it should reduce the risk of food poisoning.
  3. Agreed. Running should produce more body heat, but also have the unfortunate side effect of making you sweaty. If you are soaking with sweat you definitely get colder. The developers must have thought about this, but the game mechanics can only be so realistic until it gets tedious, unmanageable, and taking the "game" out of the game.
  4. The use of flares is twofold; it can double as a light source, but mainly it is used to chase aggressive wolves away. The problem is that it is very unreliable, and it seems like the best course of action is to run away, if you have the capability to do so. I find that most of the times I try to use a flare, it doesn't work, and I end up having to brawl the wolf, Mike Tyson-style, to get to safety. How does the flare-mechanics work? It seems to me that waving it furiously in your hand, facing the wolf, while slowly backing away would be a smart way to resolve the situation (at least until the flare goes out, or more wolves show up). I've tried to throw the flare at the wolf, but that just made it more pissed off and it called its wolf-buddies to come and feast on my soda-filled stomach. So far the only practical use I've found for flares is to celebrate that I've survived another crappy day in cold-ass-mountain.