Spike: So what is the Hypercube?
Pinkie: Well, think of it like this. Imagine you have a piece of paper which is the 2nd dimension, k? You can draw on this paper, and it will exist in the 2nd dimension. So 2-D ponies won’t be able to see you, but you can see them. Since it’s only 2-D, they’ll only be able to move vertically or laterally – that is, the 2nd dimension has no perception of “depth”.
Following me so far? 2-D ponies live in flat space, and only interact with flat things.
Now for the explanation.
Let’s say you placed a box into the paper. Not just a drawing of a cube, not just a simple square, I mean a CUBE. An actual 3-Dimensional object with width, as well as height and length, and you push it INSIDE the 2nd Dimension. Now we, being in 3-D space, would see it as a cube, right? But the observer in the 2-D space wouldn’t be able to perceive it as such. It’d look like a strange sort of prismoidal object, which would be way beyond what they could perceive because the object exists in a dimension beyond theirs.
But even though the box looks so different to the 2-D pony, it is still a box, and can function just like a box would normally. Even the 2D observers can place things inside the cube, but they wouldn’t be able to see them, because the cube exists in a state beyond their scope of awareness.
That’s kinda what this Hypercube is like, in 8-Bit Theater. In this world, 8-Bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, and so on are treated as dimensions. So this Hypercube, essentially, is a box from another dimension. It operates on a level we can’t comprehend, simply because we exist in one dimensional state, and anything higher than that would be incomprehensible to us.
Spike: …I think I’m a bit confused.
Pinkie: Basically, the Hypercube is a box from another dimension. It looks strange, because we live in a simpler dimension than the cube, and we lack the ability to fully perceive it. But it still functions as a box, so we can put stuff inside and pull it back out.
Spike: Ok, I think I got that…still a bit confusing, tho.
Pinkie: Yeah, it usually is. No worries. But let’s get back to comics!