Games hub a re­al­ity for strip

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Matt Zis

A VIR­TUAL re­al­ity gam­ing cen­tre is about to ma­te­ri­alise along Al­bany High­way’s cafe strip in Vic­to­ria Park.

The en­ter­tain­ment is con­sid­ered the lat­est fun in com­puter gam­ing and is a rel­a­tively new fron­tier in Perth that en­ables play­ers to be im­mersed in their own com­plete room-scale ex­pe­ri­ence.

Gamers wear a vi­sor and head­phones and use hand­held re­motes in spe­cially con­structed spa­ces in­stead of their bed­room or lounge.

VR Ar­rival last week gained coun­cil ap­proval to change the use of the build­ing next to Dome cafe, which was last oc­cu­pied as a day spa, into a VR amuse­ment par­lour.

It in­tends to trans­form the Al­bany High­way space into nine player cubicles, with in­di­vid­ual VR sys­tems in­clud­ing state-of-the-art HTC Vive Pro and wire­less ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The cen­tre would be open Tues­days to Sun­days from late morn­ing to 8pm or 9pm. Gamers would need to be aged 11 years old to play at the cen­tre.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil­lor Karen Ver­non said it was grat­i­fy­ing a dif­fer­ent style of com­mer­cial op­er­a­tor had recog­nised value in the strip.

As well as of­fer­ing a change from food and bev­er­age op­tions along the strip, both the coun­cil and the busi­ness op­er­a­tor sug­gested the at­trac­tion would be a good source of din­ers to sup­port nearby eater­ies.

Cr Bron­wyn Ife said peo­ple had been cry­ing out for di­ver­sity on the strip and Deputy Mayor Vicki Pot­ter wel­comed a fa­cil­ity for teens and young peo­ple.

Art co-or­di­na­tor Amelia Joseph and Year 8 vis­ual arts stu­dents with their works in progress for the Fly to Free­dom ex­hi­bi­tion at Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege.

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