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Ultimate Battlefield 3 Simulator exposed in 'Making-Of' video

The Gadget Show, a British series dedicated to all things techie and geektastic, has released a behind-the-scenes video documenting how its team constructed the massive, so-good-it's-almost-real, 'Ultimate Battlefield 3 Simulator' that debuted on this week's episode. Hold up—you've never seen The Gadget Show's massive, so-good-it's-almost-real 'Ultimate Battlefield 3 Simulator'? Cancel your plans for the next twenty minutes, because this is going to require your full attention:

As demonstrated, the BF3 simulator utilizes a motion tracking paintball gun, moving floors, big-ass screens, and physical feedback to create a gaming environment so lifelike it may or have may not tricked its trained military tester.

Incredible, right? Unfortunately, the entire rig would likely set you back about a few years pay, and that's assuming you'd have the technical know-how and space to put it together in your living room. So for everyone one else without a production budget and a crew of experts, you'll have to make do with a big TV, a cheap treadmill, and a partner who's willing to jab you with a broom handle every time you get shot in-game. We wouldn't recommend this set-up, we're just saying there are options.

Oct 26, 2011

Matt Bradford wrote news and features here at GamesRadar+ until 2016. Since then he's gone on to work with the Guinness World Records, acting as writer and researcher for the annual Gamer's Edition series of books, and has worked as an editor, technical writer, and voice actor. Matt is now a freelance journalist and editor, generating copy across a multitude of industries.