Game Theory: Can Dig Dug Pop a Human?

Game Theory: Can Dig Dug Pop a Human?

Stick in your air hose and start pumping, because this week, we’re fit to burst! *theorist mating call* Hello, Internet! Welcome to Game Theory, the show that unites video games and the real world every week. Why am I popping tomatoes in playgrounds, you ask? Because internet research alone wouldn’t cover it this week, so we’re going on location to do some research into one of the sickest, most violent and disgusting games of all time… Dig Dug! In this Namco arcade classic, you play as Taizo Hori, a character whose blue skin and white jumpsuit make him look like a Smurfs reject. And maybe having Nobody Smurf and Passive-Aggressive Smurf get chosen over him is what sent ol’ Dig Dug over the edge, because Taizo is a homicidal maniac. Your one and only goal in the game is to dig underground and slaughter all the innocent tomatoes and lizards living there. Er, “Pookas” and “Fygars”, I mean. Seriously! Look at these guys! They’re about as scary as stuffed animals! The Pookas can’t even attack! And here you are, invading their homes for no reason. No money, no kidnapped princess, not even in self-defense. Nope, Taizo kills because to him, death is just a game, awarding him more points for killing with skill. Like an old-school Bulletstorm. But it’s not enough to break into a Pooka’s home and, say, shoot him. Oh no. Dig Dug features one of the most painful, gruesome ways to die in gaming, by injecting his victims with an air pump, then inflating their still-living bodies until they explode. Now, as a lover of all things cute and Lolcats, I am appalled. So we’re turning the tables on Taizo this week to look at whether it’s possible to inflate a human until they pop. And be warned: It’s gross, it’s disturbing, it’s Game Theory! Before we look at the possibility of death, it’s worth pointing out some of the underground communities that find body inflation… appealing. Take, for instance, the bagel heads of Japan, a club culture that modifies their bodies by injecting saline solution under their skin so that it puffs up in the shape of a bagel. Or the hundreds of people who swap tales and pictures over the Internet of ballooning body parts, or who literally use balloons to alter their figure. The patron saint of these communities: blueberry girl Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka. And I’m only partially kidding about that. And then there’s the stuff of nightmares: the super creepy “rubber suit community” with members like Mr. Blowup here, a British man who has built himself a variety of inflatable suits and… other things, because… …personally, I don’t want to know. How does his wife feel about all this? She thought it was a good idea too! Personally, I think the scariest part of this image is his dental work. I mean, man! Way to reinforce British stereotypes there! In any case, good luck trying to clear your head of these mental images for the rest of the episode. Suffice it to say that human inflation is a bizarre topic, so surprise surprise, there haven’t been many experiments performed on the possibility on humans bursting like bubbles. But we as gamers need to know the truth about this arcade classic, and I’m proud to say that I’ve… dug it up. Don’t start. Just four months ago, truck driver Steven McCormack of New Zealand became the world’s first human balloon. While in his company’s workshop, he slipped and broke the air hose off a brass nipple… …heh heh heh, nipple… controlling the compressed air tanks used for his truck’s brakes. The nipple entered his butt… ha ha ha, oh, this just gets better and better… where it started to fill his body with air at a rate of 100 pounds per square inch. As he continued to expand, McCormack said that he felt like his foot would pop, and that his skin began to feel like a pot roast: crackling on the outside, but soft underneath. He became so inflated that the fat and muscle of his body actually separated. Luckily, co-workers were able to remove the nipple from his butt before… …well, we don’t really know what would have happened, do we? That’s what we’re trying to find out. Anyway, the story ends with three awkward days of deflation in the hospital. Just how do you deflate a human? Steven explains. “So you just have to fart it out or burp it out.” Fortunately for old Steve, he survived, but unfortunately for me, that means more research, so back at the drawing board, I realized that there is more than one way to pop a human. Sure, you can inflate them with air, but you can also decrease the air pressure around them. Think about any space movie where the pressurized suit rips, like in Total Recall or Outland. One tear and your insides are splattering your face shield. The reasoning behind this is that in a vacuum like space, there would be no air pressure pushing down on the outside of your body. However, the gases in your body would be pushing out, and the water in your soft tissues would turn into gases, causing you to expand until popping like this balloon. However, though it was a good lead, we just hit another wall, because this is just a movie myth. During testing for the Apollo Space Program, a pressure suit failed, exposing the wearer to near-vacuum conditions. He passed out after fifteen seconds due to a lack of oxygen in the brain, but was revived when pressure returned. His last reported memory was the saliva on his tongue boiling. But his blood and other fluids didn’t turn to gas because the body’s internal containing pressure kept them in liquid form, and the minor swelling that would indeed occur was easily handled with the elasticity of the skin. There is one take-home message, though, and that’s: If you’re ever planning on entering the cold reaches of space without a suit, don’t hold your breath. The gases could cause permanent internal damage. So even the extremes of space were no help this week. Instead, the answer was underwater. The Byford Dolphin is the name of a drilling rig contracted by BP. In 1983, it made news as perhaps the world’s only recorded case of explosive decompression. In short, five men were killed when an operator’s error caused their diving chamber to instantly drop in pressure from nine atmospheres to one. One of those men, the one who experienced the biggest pressure differential, actually did explode in a way very similar to this moment in the James Bond flick “Licence to Kill”. However, the other four, despite also experiencing the pressure blast and having their bodies boiled from the inside out, stayed intact. So suffice it to say it is possible to inflate someone until they burst, but it takes an unbelievable amount of pressure under an unbelievably short amount of time. A hand pump alone won’t cut it. Which brings us to our on-location research, because in the game, you’re not inflating humans. You’re popping Pookas, an enemy originally inspired by the tomato. So just how many pumps does it take to pop a Pooka? Let’s find out! Oh yeah. Oh my god. *shriek*
*laugh* So that was only two pumps! In the end, each tomato took about one to two good full pumps, meaning that if Dig Dug were 100% true to life, the game would have been a whole lot easier. However, it also means that the skin of the tomato is a lot less elastic than human flesh, so the way Pookas pop in the game is fairly accurate to their real-life inspiration. Design team win. With tomato guts flying everywhere, though, how Taizo keeps his jumpsuit so clean is beyond me. Maybe we’ll have to check that out on another episode. Popping humans, popping tomatoes, it doesn’t matter. It’s all just a theory. A Game Theory. Thanks for watching!

Comments (100)


  2. u know this was a long time ago when u realise it was made when MCR was still together


  4. Ahhhhhhh classic game theory

  5. anyone watching in 2018?

  6. Oh wow look a old video

  7. Omg this is so cute!!

  8. As a new fan… it is priceless to get to see these older videos. xD

  9. I need Austin to redo this video with more SCIENCES!

  10. I miss these videos.

  11. Nooo Matt who were youuuuuu

  12. mat pat may be cringy but at least this video spark my mind to be open minded

  13. oh my god comparing him here to him now wow

  14. Wtf I hate dig dug now eww

  15. I'm yelling he used inflation porn for the thumbnail

  16. Please stop saying ur watching in 2018! Ur obviously watching in 312794362748356238497562849650246582076893461. (seriously its annoying)

  17. Wish we could turn back time, to the good old dayyyys!

  18. Back when game theory had a soul

  19. such a old thing anyone 2018?

  20. Damon this intro is chopy

  21. Watching this in late September of 2018…

  22. Wow omg i never thought of this wth

  23. Holy Jesus, this is ANCIENT

  24. Omg young matpat XD We’re (the fans) never letting matpat get forget this.. XD

  25. This is how I found porn matpat what have you done

  26. Ah😌 old game theory


  28. wtf it's good but dat intro tho

  29. Hair hose? That’s what I heard

  30. dig dug real name translates to I want to dig

  31. Wop, wop, wop, don't make inflation videooooooooos.

  32. Dig dug was my childhood even though I'm 13

  33. Wow.this intro is old

  34. I got the option for Swedish subtitles…
    I am not Swedish.

  35. I think it sounds great

  36. You have a tarible camera

  37. Old mat pat… Looks weird

  38. Anyone else watching this younger Matpat in 2019 😂 #dietcoke #2019 #notsponsored

  39. 2011 was a great year

  40. Game Theory – destroying childhood memories (or should I say "popping" them) one episode at a time. But hey, that's just a theory…. a viewer/fan theory!!!

  41. man, baby matpat was adorable

  42. Wow, intense intro

  43. Woah… I don’t understand why people liked old game theory more

  44. This video ruined my life

  45. Anyone sense a fetish in this episode

  46. I love cringey ole’ 2011 MattPatt

  47. Don't worry matpat, you will get better over 7 years

  48. Thank you dig dug. You started an entire fetish.

  49. this is so good and bad look guys this is not the good days of game theory ( jk this is his best video to date)

  50. Yo, fuckface, is that inflation art credited? Is any of this credited?

  51. 2019 anyone? Ps. MATPAT’S HAIR THO 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  52. Image name at 2:40?

  53. This Video Makes Me To Stop Watching Inflations.

  54. Thanks matpat, You my 7 year old self into inflation. 6 years later, im stuck with this curse. When ever i look at these cartoon gags, i get boners. If ANYONE SEES THIS COMMENT, please tell me where i can get help to get rid of a fetish. This fetish is a parasite to me… SOMEONE PLEASE HELP

  55. If there was a sequel were it talk about the fat fetish.

  56. wow the last coment was from2017

  57. Hello hooman beings! 2019 anyone?????

    No? Just me?

    Okay 🙁

  58. Does Dig Dug Really Pop Porn?

  59. Please, make more videos of quality like this.

  60. This is one of the most gorey game theory videos ive seen, I hope game theory doesnt make any videos related to gore again.

  61. mat pats hair back then….HE LOOKS LIKE SHAGGY!

  62. Its 2019 and im still watching this

  63. Where did he get the resources to make the thumbnail?????

  64. Sub spanish?


  65. One of the first GT episodes I watched, Mat really changed.

  66. theorist mating call

  67. U kno, I never noticed how disturbing matpat's videos are

  68. What the heck was that intro

  69. Old times…


  70. Why uuuuuhhhhh you know a kid can wach this aaaaaaa😮😮😮😮😥😱😱 why the g g gr you know what. ……

  71. Jeezus this is old

  72. Awww. It's a baby Matpat!

  73. Willy Wonka can go to hell and has was my biggest enemy ever when I was a kid in 2012
    so let's forget about it. and hate it forever.

  74. wow. just wow. So this is what matpats old videos were like? Plz kill me.

  75. Yay, Hello From The F U T U R E 😀

  76. This was the first game theory I had ever seen. The nostalgia with this one. It is strong.

  77. Wow this is so old

  78. Huh this was a while ago

  79. Nobody:

    Inflation fetishist!MatPat: ooh yes another pump my dear hmm could dig dug pop huan?? ye letsput this inflation art in my thumbnail hmm yes (fapping noises)

  80. I have a inflation fetish and I am pleased

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