Escaped inmates are holed up in an abandoned warehouse. Two cops armed with M-16s slip in on the ground floor and work their way up a stairwell. Around a corner a perp appears. Blam blam! A cop puts two rounds in the perp's chest. He falls down ... then disappears and magically pops up again around another corner.
This is the Virtual Interactive Combat Environment, basically a scaled-up first-person shooter video game designed by Dynamic Animation Systems, Inc. An operator stands at a multi-screen control station dropping bad guys onto a virtual playing field. Trainees at wrap-around stations fire mock M-16s at their screens like a 21st-century adaptation of the classic Nintendo game "Duck Hunt."
DAS has delivered trainers like VICE to Special Operations Command and the Marine Corps. Check out my video from the Mock Riot to see more:
--David Axe, cross-posted at War Is Boring