Syrian rebels take aim at Assad’s army with a knock-off Playstation controller
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What looks like a DIY rusty box is actually the Syrian rebellion’s first tank! Named the Sham II, this is the brain child of designer Mahmud Abud. It is basically a diesel motor, mounted in a light-weight steel box, and has a mounted 7.62 mm machine gun. It will sustain blasts from up to a 23 mm cannon fire, but it cannot repel an RPG. So how is this related to gaming? Well take a look at the controls.
Yup, that’s a knock off PSone controller being used to activate the machine gun. So while the flat panel being used for the driver sports a wheel and multiple cameras, the gunner is using a d-pad and X button to combat the opposition. The way the gunner interacts with his equipment may not be all that different from playing the latest Call of Duty. That is both awesome and scary, your pick.
Excluding the machine gun, the Sham II costs around $10,000 to develop; making it a fairly affordable tank. And yes there was a predecessor (Sham I), which did a poor job of shielding the crew. So when do you think Abud might post this on Instructables.com?
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would've helped it it was controlled by analog sticks. well, d-pad is easier to program though. Next from the internet, a tank made up of Nokia 3210's. Mother of TANKS!
Pfft....a PSOne controller to manuever a tank like that? Why can't they use a Steel Batallion controller like everyone else!?
A tank made of Game Boys... Get on it Nintendo!
Are you shitting me? They don't have analog sticks to control the gun? Also if they where smart they could have a zeroed recital with different ranges taped to the screen. But I'm sure that's just DLC that will come out eventually. I would say it probably works like shit compared to our CROW system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CROWS). But then again I bet this thing is far superior to them manually shooting the gun. I can tell you from personal experience. If you haven been properly trained to shot a machine gun you are going to suck ass at hitting a point target. With training, experience, and a good A-gunner it's VERY impressive what you can do with a machine gun.
I want to play this tank so badly...