Virtual World Entertainment
Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan Virtual World Entertainment, LLC (VWE) was a supplier of attractions to the location-based entertainment industry. Virtual World had produced and distributed gaming cockpits since 1990.
BattleTech Cockpit Simulator Pods
VWE's gaming cockpits provide gamers the opportunity to play the part of BattleTech MechWarriors the exhilaration of piloting a virtual BattleMech in networked combat with other players. The Tesla II cockpits, featuring the BattleTech: Firestorm software, are fully-enclosed, arcade-style simulators that feature seven screens, over 90 control systems, and a 12-speaker surround sound audio system. When seated in the cockpit (or 'pod'), the player pilots their own 'Mechs onto the virtual landscape to compete for battlefield superiority with those seated in surrounding cockpits.
The BattleTech Pods were available at various retail centers across the United States. See the following map for locations. NOTICE: This list of centers is very obsolete. It has not been updated since 2008.
BattleTech Pods at Conventions
The BattleTech Pods use to travel throughout the year to various conventions across the United States. This convention tour listing provides upcoming venues. Further information for planning and scheduling of pods should be done through event organizers, with specific details found at the Con Organizers site.
Example Pod Media
- Pilot Training Video - Version 4 Archived from defunct company
- Pilot Training Video - Version 5 (BattleTech:Firestorm)
- Virtual World's YouTube Channel
- MechCorps' YouTube Channel
Related Youtube videos
- Discovery Channel Beyond 2000 episode about the Chicago BattleTech Center (1992)
- BattleTech Center Jim Belushi barker video #1 (ca. 1991)
- BattleTech Center Jim Belushi barker video #2
- Virtual World Entertainment Battletech 3.0 Dooley Trainer
- Virtual World Entertainment BattleTech: Firestorm barker (Tesla II pods)
- Virtual Worlds Tesla II BattleTech: Firestorm Training Video