Originally Posted by doodinthemood
Now I think back to it, does it really make sense that guybrush cannot pick up stuff, but can stand on a raft and then has to step off it into the water, which he makes a splash entering? Maybe you can argue that it does make sense. I don't really mind. All games basically have to have these sorts of leaps of faith with regards to their rules, because without rules you don't have a game, and with rules, you sacrifice a lot of the realism.
A movie I saw explained it thus: "As you may have noticed, you are only material in one dimension: the horizontal."
It's not perfect (Guybrush put his head through a chest), but it's one way to think about it.