Virtual Reality Arcade
Interested in playing in VR? Come on down and take the machine for a roll. We’ve got a few systems you can play around on! Seven room-size HTC Vive systems (a 2 square meter play area) and one Virtuix Omni treadmill. Got a group of 3 or more? We are now accepting reservations for after 7pm! Check our calendar and give us a call at 218-209-8323!
We’re in uncharted territory when it comes to Virtual Reality. We are a Steam Cafe!!!! Here are some answers to common questions:
Q1. How reliable is it?
Very. We have done some extensive testing since we went live back in November. We’ve had to build an extra wall or two, but we’ve got both Vive systems running at peak performance, and there are no tracking problems. There may be some software hiccups (many of the games are still in Early Access), as this is a new venture, but the equipment is solid!
Q2. What about motion sickness?
There’s a common thing called “VR Legs” that people who play a lot of VR games discuss. That’s not really a big deal for many of our games, as they are “fixed point” worlds. Basically to get around the game in those worlds, you teleport. So if you teleport, it’s nearly instantaneous so your brain doesn’t register it as the world moving, though the body is not. Just like in the real world, if you move away from a counter, the counter stays in one spot…you’re the one moving. In “fixed point” games, the same is true until you teleport! The instances of motion sickness in these games thus far is under 1% (roughly, given the people we’ve had in the shop).
Q3. What if I find a game I want to play but you don’t have it?
That’s where it helps to have us being a Steam Cafe. IN cases like that, you can buy the game personally (usually it is MUCH cheaper to buy it then for me to license it) and then you can come in and play (for the time rates in the sidebar there, or if you’re a member, just come on down). You can get the full VR experience that YOU want without having to wait until I can license it!
The VR Legs are necessary, though, in some games where the locomotion is by button press (games like Dreadhalls or World of Diving). In those games, the world moves, your body does not. Similarly, on the Virtuix Omni, the world moves even though you’re taking steps. It takes some getting used to! However, it works well if you give it time!
Each month we switch out some games, get new ones in, and members get to vote on them! Here is the current game list:
Acan’s Call: Act 1: Sword and Shield in hand, fight your way along this sword-fighting experience, exclusively for VR.
Arizona Sunshine: A zombie killing game that can be single player, or co-op multiplayer. It has two modes: campaign (story) mode, and horde mode (more arcade, try to get the highest kills). This game can be played with up to 4 players!
Audioshield: Load up any song from youtube or your own collection (from a flash drive). This game processes the audio, and you play a rhythm blocking game to the music. Really addicting.
Chamber 19: This is the full game of the small arcade minigame from The Lab. In it, you take control of a fighter and move around your space to duck incoming shots while destroying waves of enemies that get ever more difficult.
Destinations: Load up a variety of places that people have taken 3-D pictures in (like an old English church) or that have designed to explore (someone made a copy of Kakariko village from Ocarina of Time). Wander around and explore!
Dreadhalls: A horror game! This one may induce motion sickness. You are trapped deep inside a massive dungeon. Explore it, survive it and find a way to escape. Your only weapons will be stealth, your own courage, and a faint light. Dreadhalls is an intense and scary experience, not for the faint of heart. You have been warned! Also works on the Virtuix Omni!
DWVR: Feel like an action hero while switching seamlessly between an arsenal of guns, swords and spells. Your VR controller becomes an extension of your arm as you blast the hordes of enemies.
Elven Assassin: You have a variety of parapets that you can transfer between to shoot the incoming orcish hordes. Survive as many waves as possible! This is an early access game, and updates coming down the road will be things like magic spells, powered arrows, and the like. It’s also multiplayer so you can get your archery on with a friend. This game can be played with up to four players.
Google Earth: Explore the planet. This program uses satellite data to reconstruct the globe. You can explore taller cities, or even Bemidji. It’s not included street view, but it’s still quite the experience in the Grand Canyon or Manhattan!
Hover Junkers: Engage in multiplayer VR gunfights that capture real gun play like no FPS you’ve played before. Pilot and fortify Hover Junkers as you physically walk, duck, dodge and aim in cross ship combat. Up to four players at a time!
Island 359: You hunt dinosaurs…while they hunt you. It’s an early access game, so things are sometimes rough around the edges. However, nothing beats gunning down a pack of raptors that snuck up behind you.
Job Simulator: This is Owlchemy’s take on the jobs humans do, as imagined by robots. You can be a grocery clerk, a cubicle dweller, a mechanic, or a short order cook. You have tasks to complete, and almost everything can be interacted with in each location. When you get fed up, you can throw things at the computers!
The Lab: This has roughly 7 different experiences that you can explore to see the possibilities in VR. You can play an arcade game dodging incoming missiles while blasting enemy ships, a slingshot game launching things through a warehouse, a bow/arrow game (think a simplified version of Elven Assassin above), and other things to explore.
Light Repair Team #4: This is a light-reflection puzzle game where you play as a light-pipe repair person. Figure out how to properly bounce, combine, move and split light through 25 puzzles so that you can return power to nearby buildings and get the city back on its feet.
Portal Stories: VR: If you’ve played Portal, this is a short (10 level) experience that sets you in the game like it is. If you like this, ask me about playing Portal 1 or Portal 2 on the Virtuix Omni. We’re a Steam Cafe!
Power Link VR: This game reforms the traditional wire loop game in a more interesting way. Instead of a boring one level, set in place wire at some science museum, this game has countless levels of completely unique puzzles to solve.
Raw Data: One of our favorites here, you can defend your turf from attacking androids. To defend, you can choose from a few characters: one with dual wielding pistols, a shotgun wielder, or a members-favorite sword swinging street ninja. Also multiplayer, so you can team up with a friend to take down the robot hordes.
Smashbox Arena: This is a fun first person shooter style game that has a good twist on the ammo, teleportation, and special weapons that can be used to bring down your opponents. It does have a full story mode, so it’s fun even in first player mode! Multiplayer supports four people at the moment!
Space Pirate Trainer: This is a favorite of mine, it’s a very simple game that takes some time to master. You have dual pistols or a shield/whip combo and you are taking down attacking drones. My favorite: dual ion bombs to blow ’em up and get the combo scores.
Trickster VR: Trickster VR is a procedural slash ‘n shoot game, where you have a variety of orcs attacking you. You can use the sword/shield, the bow and arrow, or hand held dual crossbows to stave off defeat. Each level is randomly created so even if you play the beginning levels over again, you’ll never go through the same spot twice. It’s pretty great!
VR Battle Grid: This game is great for one or two players who just want to hang out and play battleship! it is entirely the same game as your classic battleship board game that everyone loves, except in virtual reality! Play alone or with your friend!
The Wizards: Become a powerful Wizard and take fate into your own hands! Immerse yourself in a beautiful fantasy world and use motion controllers to destroy your enemies by weaving elemental magic!
World of Diving: An uncharted world awaits. World of Diving is the multiplayer online game that brings you an exhilarating underwater adventure with optional VR support.