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Your kid has a birthday coming up and you ask them what they would like as the theme? In the past they might have asked for bowling, go karting, swimming and even laser tag. This time, they tell you that they have requested for a VR party. What on earth is a VR party?
The concept of Virtual Reality has been a thing of science fiction for a couple of centuries and in the past decades, Hollywood movies have accommodated our desire to witness it in action. Nowaways, VR rooms are popping up in many major cities and the graphics are vastly improving to mimic something that can be conviced as another reality of our own. But what is VR and why are our kids obsessed with it?
Welcome to the VR Age
With the movie ‘Ready Player One’ hitting the theatres this year, you can expect a surge of interest for this popular indoor activity. Just like how Spielberg has managed to capture our sense of nostalgia for the 80s and 90s sci-fi/fantasy genre, this movie is predicted to ignite a new obsession. If you’re not familiar with this movie, Tye Sheridan (Cyclops from X-Men Apocalypse) is from a dystopian future where virtual reality is an escape for most people. Where they enter is a world called the Oasis – imagine a world where all your favourite fictional characters come to life and you become however you want to look like. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? We’re counting on the fact that this movie will set a path for kids wanting to experience VR – so get ready for it!
However, can we expect ‘Ready Player One’ to be the catalyst for the interest in the virtual-reality market? Is there potential for this movie to be a mainsteam cultural revolution or will this burn out quicker than the similar augmented-reality game ‘Pokemon Go’ ? What we can expect is that VR is certainly the future, but it is not the future we are expecting.
According to game experts from Sony and Microsoft, gamers are hungry for immersion that allows players to experience the next level of gaming. Take the hit HBO show Westworld in 2016 or even Jurassic World back in 2015, both these series portrayed a world where its audience seeked a new form of entertainment that literally took them out of this world. Is this where the future of gaming is heading towards? We believe not anytime soon. However, VR is a step in that direction.
So, what is already available out in the market?
Currently on the market are Sony’s Playstation VR, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vice. VR is becoming affordable for home use and if you are lucky enough to own one then you will be the envy of many kids who would want to get their
handseyes on a pair. However, they aren’t really fun for parties if you have just got the one or two pairs.
Where to find VR rooms in Australia
All over Australia you will find VR rooms to host your virtual reality party and it is growing in popularity. Each room has a similar concept. You wear a VR mask and there is a level of co-op and competition as you play arcade games in an immersive setting. See below the list of the hottest VR rooms that’s around.
Delivering an immersive and unforgettable experience, their multiplayer VR bays allows groups of up to seven people to play competitively together. Select from a vast collection of arcade games made for the HTC Vive. Want to escape to the virtual world with your friends? Here’s your chance to all play together!
Level 1, 272 Lygon St Carlton Melbourne VIC 3053
Try out the Virtual Reality arcade in Brisbane to expeirnce the latest in VR technology. It’s a fun, immersive environemnt to paly along with your friends.
293 St Pauls Terrace Brisbane QLD 4006
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