31 January 2009

The next best thing to being there

Wouldn't it be great if you could hop into the cockpit of your very own 10 meter tall walking war machine and cruise the battlefield just looking to cause trouble? Well you can ...

... after a fashion. Virtual World Entertainment is a Michigan company that builds the Tesla IITM System cockpit for the BattleTech: Firestorm game, sometimes known as Battletech pods.

From Marmalade Dog: To help celebrate the 25th year of BattleTech as well as the 20th year for its BattleTech VR attractions, Virtual World Entertainment, LLC is taking 4 of its critically acclaimed Tesla II BattleTech: Firestorm cockpits to entertainment events around the United States.

The Tesla II cockpits, featuring the BattleTech: Firestorm software, are fully enclosed military style simulators that feature 7 screens, over 90 control systems, and a 12 speaker surround sound system. When seated in the cockpit or 'pod', the player will pilot his or her own walking tank known as a BattleMech onto the virtual landscape to compete with those seated in the other cockpits for battlefield superiority.

The first stop of the 2009 tour will be at the Western Michigan University Bernhard Center during the annual 'Marmalade Dog' Game Convention hosted by the Western Michigan University Gamers Guild.

Battletech Pod Modesto VirtualI didn't know about this convention, and now it's too late to consider attending. Maybe next year?

[Hat Tip: ConventionFans.Today]
[Edit: 7/16/09 - removed dead links]


Anonymous said...


That was a great add. It just about makes me want to rush up to western michigan. I will just keep my fingers crossed that they come to GenCon or if they goto Origins that I make it there. Hope all is well.


d20 Sapphire said...

Damn, I missed out!

Anonymous said...

Wow that's really cool

EastwoodDC said...

I should add, Misty Mountain Games in Madison, WI also has some of these Battletech Pods. Why I've never gone there to try them out, I do not know.

Devin said...

Holy Cow!

Anonymous said...

The BattleTech pods are sceduled to hit Anime Central (ACEN) in Chicago May 9-11. 6 of them will be on hand.

Also, Origins and Gencon are in the works.

Origins is 90% certain.

Corey said...

Wow, I used to work on those pods 13 years ago at Virtual World (Tesla I). Great to see they're still around.