Vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing ar­cade opens

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JES­SICA NYZNIK EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER JNyznik@post­media.com

The city’s first vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing ar­cade has ar­rived.

The HTC Vive ar­cade opened last week at Dodo, a re­tail store on Ge­orge St. near Hunter St.

It’s set up at the front of the shop and has ac­cess to more than 20 games.

Us­ing a head­set, play­ers are brought into a vir­tual re­al­ity that al­lows them to ex­pe­ri­ence the en­vi­ron­ment first­hand.

Store owner Todd Liang said vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing has taken off in other cities and he wanted to bring it to Peter­bor­ough.

“I want Peter­bor­ough peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence this new tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

The down­town ar­cade shares Toronto Vir­tual Re­al­ity Ar­cade’s game li­brary.

“What­ever Toronto has, we have,” Liang said.

There are va­ri­ety of gen­res such as rac­ing, danc­ing, hor­ror and shoot­ing games. And there are sim­u­la­tors, too, so play­ers can ride roller­coast­ers from around the globe or try their hand at job like bar­tend­ing or of­fice work.

For first time users, Liang of­fers a 15-minute tu­to­rial to get play­ers up to speed.

He rec­om­mends groups of two to three peo­ple sign up for the ar­cade and it can be booked in 60 or 90 minute ses­sions.

Liang’s of­fer­ing a half-price deal on book­ings for the next month. Af­ter that, it’ll be $24.99 for 60 min­utes and $34.99 for 90 min­utes.

The vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing ar­cade is the new­est gam­ing ad­di­tion to Dodo, which opened a year and a half ago. In Jan­uary, Liang launched a video-game room in the shop’s base­ment and there’s also a board game area up­stairs. Both are filled with games avail­able to cus­tomers with the pur­chase of a drink.

Dodo sells Ja­pane­ses snacks and drinks, bub­ble tea and anime mer­chan­dise.

Since launch­ing the gam­ing ar­eas last month, Liang has been host­ing video game tour­na­ments every week­end.

The PS4, Wii U, Game­cube and gam­ing com­put­ers are also up for video-game party book­ings.

Liang plans to have another HTC Vive head­set soon and hopes to have a pri­vate vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing party room set up in the base­ment of Dodo in the near fu­ture.

The store­owner is al­ready ad­dicted to vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing him­self, say­ing he’s played it ev­ery­day since he brought it in.

“I just can­not get out of the vir­tual re­al­ity world, it’s so real.”

NOTE: To book the HTC Vive Vir­tual Re­al­ity Gam­ing Ar­cade, go to www.dodovrptbo.com

JES­SICA NYZNIK/EX­AM­INER

Kon­rad Bartlett plays a vir­tual re­al­ity game at HTC Vive Vir­tual Re­al­ity Gam­ing Ar­cade at Dodo, a re­tail store down­town, on Wed­nes­day. The vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing ar­cade is the first of its kind in the city and opened last week.

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