Is It Real or Is It Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality is seemingly the next wave in entertainment. What once was a technology reserved for sci-fi movies and those willing to pay Dave & Buster’s too much money for a limited experience, has broken into the mainstream. The Oculus Rift, a partly crowd-funded VR device, was released after months of hype to a warm critical reception. Even traditional video games are hopping on the VR bandwagon, with the PlayStation VR headset already on shelves and Nintendo and Microsoft hinting they may go that direction soon as well. But like most emerging technologies, the price for one of these VR sets can be astronomically high. So what do you do if you can’t afford one and you really want to give it a try? Paranoia Quest has you covered with their new VR Escape Room Game, Pocket Universe.
What is VR anyway?
Total immersion. That is the end goal of most VR devices and games. But what does that really mean? Well, in the most successful and realistic VR experiences, a head-mounted display (HMD) is the primary factor in this immersion, with either motion tracking technology built right into the headset or controlled through a motion-tracking wand or game controller. The HMD is worn on the face and presents the player with a screen near the eyes. With most VR devices, like the Oculus Rift or the PlayStation VR, the wearer’s head movements translate to movement in the virtual world presented through the HMD; in the simplest terms, if you look left in real life, the motion tracker will pick that movement up and the screen will move left in the virtual world as well. It may sound strange on paper, but most unfamiliar with the technology report their first tries are amazing, unbelievable steps into worlds that could only previously exist on television screens or in the imagination.
Stepping into another world
While the technology is still new, many types of VR experiences already exist and some of them are downright amazing. Two recent examples are Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 and indie developer Drool’s Thumper, both games tailored to the PlayStation VR system. Resident Evil 7 throws players headfirst into a terrifying locale overrun with monsters, while Thumper plays more like rhythm game, with players matching electronic beats to keep a spaceship hurtling forward into the darkness. Both are intense, indescribable experiences, but both are less immersive than a full-scale VR game like Paranoia Quest’s new VR Escape Room Game, Pocket Universe. The less revealed about the sci-fi-themed escape game beforehand the better; this is one you truly need to experience for yourself.
Reach for the stars with Paranoia Quest
Whether this kind of technology is right up your alley, you are a dedicated sci-fi fan or you simply want to try out the new VR trend without having to empty your bank account for a home headset, Paranoia Quest’s Pocket Universe is calling. With games running between 10-60 minutes, the experience is tailored to be suitable for everyone, from VR pros to those who know nothing of the technology and how it works. Available exclusively at our Buford location near the Mall of Georgia, Pocket Universe is sure to be an out-of-this-world experience for all those brave enough to give it a try. Give Paranoia Quest a call at 678-288-6555 or book your spot online today.