(Tip via The Stinger Report)
We don’t normally post about sales of equipment although in the past we have done “eBay Pick of the Week.” I will consider this along those lines, even though its not on eBay.We also have mentioned in the past the Tesla II Pods, which were predecessors to the more famous Gundam pods that Namco makes in Japan and everybody wants.
There is an arcade in Minneapolis, MN called the Fallout Shelter Arcade where they have used these Tesla II mech pods as a primary attraction to draw players in. Up until now they have had “12 Tesla II cockpits running BattleTech:Firestorm and Red Planet” but they are working on refurbishing 8 more pods and where they apparently do not need 20 of them, they are selling 4 of the cabinets and for only $25,000. Of course that’s nothing to sneeze at but just consider that a single Gundam Pod costs about $20,000 so this is a good deal for four of them. I have lamented about this before but it would be great if one of these many companies with the funds to develop a new simulator like we saw at IAAPA 2012, would focus on creating something more unique than yet another F1 simulator. A mech battle simulator would be much more exciting to me, but I think it wouldn’t be bad for the market as well as there is no way it will support every single one of racing simulators I saw.
If you are interested in these pods, assuming they haven’t been sold by the time you read this, info on buying them can be found here.
Here’s the training video to teach you how to pilot one of these. Seems to me like the software itself could use an update or I imagine a mod using the new Hawken video game (which comes out for PC a week from today actually) would be a great way to enhance these simulators. Then again, old school isn’t always bad, if a simulator like this could work with Iron Soldier 2 or Iron Solider 3, which is arcade-like in nature I would not hesitate to play that, but I already enjoyed those games anyways.