Zentraedi Tactical Battle Pod

FileWalking mech.jpg|thumb|250px|The robot.

The '''Zentraedi Tactical Battle Pod''', sometimes called the '''Walking Mech''', is a robot used in a GoldSrc wikipediaskeletal animation|skeletal animation demonstration, designed to stress the engine.


The demonstration was shown to ''wikipediaNext Generation Magazine|Next Generation'' in August 1997. It was intended to show the comparative processor requirements between standard vertex animation and skeletal animation, with skeletal animation being massively less processor-heavy, as presented in the demonstration.

The robot, having 6000 polygons, chrome textures and only 20 bones,''wikipediaNext Generation Magazine|Next Generation'', August 1997 issue, page 107. danced in a small room.

The robot was intended to crash the engine, however, it didn't.


The robot itself is based off the Zentraedi Tactical Battle Pod from the ''wikipediaRobotech|Robotech'' anime.


*It is a common misconception that the robot is an early Gargantua. However, the two are entirely separate.


FileWalking mech2.jpg|The robot from another side.
FileWalking mech3.jpg|Ditto.
FileZTBP shadow.jpg|Ditto.
FileRobot.jpg|Hi-Res from Alpha 0.52



==External links==

*{{YouTube|url=XPnMl6y_mTo|text=''GameStar'' November 1997 preview, second 30, showing the robot dancing}}
*http//www.toyarchive.com/Robotech/st4/vehbatt.html Zentraedi Tactical Battle Pod toy

CategoryTechnology demos