The Super NES also trains the army

By Spencer . January 25, 2007 . 12:09pm

Believe it not the Super Nintendo has a special system designed for military training. A cartridge known as a Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator (MACS) is on eBay. This rare game is a light gun game made specifically for US Army boot camps and it doesn’t use the Super Scope. It requires a modified M-16 to play as you can see in the picture. The cart has a starting price of $499.99, but it is missing the key peripheral to make the game playable, the gun.

 

 


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  • Andreas

    Hah, two things I have a hard time accepting per the photo. First, the gun to TV ratio – My dead grandmother could hit anything on a 13″ television with a weapon that large! Second, this officer lacks discipline – “TIDY UP YOU PLAY AREA, MR! DID YER MAMA RAISE YOU IN A BARN?! PUT THE BOX AWAY AND GIVE ME 200 PUSH UPS!”

    Only kidding, FWIW, I’m glad the troops got a chance to play games. I wonder if the Dog from Duck Hunt came out to laugh at troops for missing shots as well.

    Seriously though trooper, clean up that mess. You look like a kid on Christmas over there. ;)

  • mnky

    We had one of those systems in basic training. Its ok but nothing compared to the kick ass simulators they have nowadays. The charging handle on the gun where your nose touches would give us a shock due to crappy wiring. from what I remember it was just simulated targets that would pop up but at the end it would show you your shot grouping. neat idea but not very realistic. Good way to get the basics of positioning, trigger squeeze, etc. anyways yay games

  • pete

    dittos to what mnky said. These things were “state of the art” when they first came out and were fairly portable to boot. the only other training option was a beast called the Weaponeer (which is still used, I used one in my mobilization training for Iraqi Freedom last summer) which is the size of one of those amusement park basketball games you would find in an arcade. Today we have the EST 2000 rig (engagement skills trainer) which does just about every weapon you may have to use. the weapons have some type of forced air recoil for realism so they kick, you can train alone or with an entire squad, and the training scenarios run from your standard zero range to full blown urban scenarios with insurgents running at you and taking cover.

  • http://www.2floor.com Brian

    Yea we had one of these at Benning in 2003. It was OK but it’s best purpose was to watch guys fight over using it. I think the one merit it had was helping to break up some of the drudgery at Basic.

  • FISHMAN

    We had one of these at my BCT as well. For those of you who have never been in the military and used one, they are not made to be fun, they are just cut and dry firing sims to help get grouping and sight picture down. Modern ESTs on the otherhand kick their ass, but I doubt you would be able to one on e-bay.

  • Sarcastyx

    Does the military really train for sitting in a folding chair leaning on a picnic table firing at something at the other end of the picnic table?

    Seems like more useful training for rednecks than military.

  • Andrew

    We have one of the new ESTs at my ROTC unit. The projector alone is at least 20 grand, not to mention the speakers that probably cost upwards of $2,000, not exactly cheap. But they are quite fun.

  • Zac

    “Does the military really train for sitting in a folding chair leaning on a picnic table firing at something at the other end of the picnic table?

    Seems like more useful training for rednecks than military.”

    Says the man who is probably sitting at home overweight watching the tube, whose only service to his country will be dying so we no longer have to support his lazy ass with our tax dollars.

    I’m sure you E-PHD in what ever it be gives you much more authority than those at the pentagon that come up with our training methods.

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  • Bill

    “Says the man who is probably sitting at home overweight watching the tube, whose only service to his country will be dying so we no longer have to support his lazy ass with our tax dollars.

    I’m sure you E-PHD in what ever it be gives you much more authority than those at the pentagon that come up with our training methods.”

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that crappy, predictable AI doesn’t do much in the way of training anyone, whether in firing or any other skill. And as far as the authority of the Pentagon, if you honestly think the Rumsfeld model of a slim, ubertech military was a brilliant idea, you must be smoking something. Maybe I missed a memo, but I didn’t hear any stories about our troops swooping into Iraq with mecha and obliterating the enemy. Perhaps our tacticians need a little retinkering?

  • Dirk

    So i just saw one of these today at an armory and i flipped out asking if i could have it but apparently they are shipping it somewhere else. Dang

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