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 218-444-5716!
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!
Karnage Chronicles: Fantasy shooter
Affect The Manor: Mystery horror
Quell 4D: Extreme cartoon shooter
Omni Arena: Fast-paste shooter
Primordian: Dark fantasy shooter
The Bellows: Horror adventure
VRZ Torment: Zombie shooter
Project Ghost: Arcade sword battle arena
Hyperdrome: Arena shooter
Nature Treks VR: Nature adventure
QuiVR: Archery game
TraVR Training Ops: Intense target shooter
TraVR Shadow Ops: Apocalypse shooter
Bow Master: Archery game
Coin Rush: Arcade speed runner