Would you play a first person shoot video game that would simulate the sensation of getting shot in the real world? British television series The Gadget Show has spent $650,000 to develop an advanced simulator rigged with 12 paintball guns that will shoot its users whenever they are shot during a video game.
The 360 degree space was designed specifically for the game Battlefield 3 and tracks player’s movements via an omni-directional treadmill, infrared motion tracking, and a Kinect System. It offers full mobility using wireless weapons and the entire game is projected on the walls and ceilings of the dome in high definition. It is a fully immersive experience that attempts to translate the video game as fully as possible into the real world.
As can be gleaned from screams in the trailer, the paintballs do a good job of legitimately simulating getting shot in the game. The real discomfort it causes has the ability to augment the gaming experience itself forcing participants to be more careful not to get shot and perhaps play the game more strategically.