On June 26 – 27, I had a chance to spend time with Arc-Studios mastermind, Lathan Gareiss, and their business partner VEX Adventures during the 2019 International Bowling Expo. It was my first real taste of today’s virtual reality and boy was it a mind-blowing experience, literally. I played more than once and couldn’t get enough. VEX Adventures is set up for 4 total players, offering an immersive, free-roaming, multiplayer VR experience, real-life weapon handling, special effects, floor movement, and out-of-this-world gameplay experiences.
VEX Adventures Immersive, Free-Roaming, Multiplayer VR Experience
I think back to the movie Matrix and a scene where Neo must decide between the blue pill or the red pill. Neo’s counterpart Morpheus, explains to Neo, “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” This is my version of virtual reality, a wonderland of excitement, an escape from reality, and a chance to jump down a rabbit hole of adventures.
Experiencing virtual reality for the first time, it is both a mind and out of body experience, because your eyes are trained to see what’s right in front of you, but when you put on the virtual reality headset, jump into the game, and the floor and bodypack begin to vibrate, your senses are altered. I’ll admit, it takes a few minutes to adjust, but once immersed into the experience, you’ll want more and more.
In the first gaming we played, Mission Z, we had the chance to take aim at human feasting zombies attacking from all angles in a creepy confined mansion. This in your face zombie experience was filled with scary settings and bone-chilling graphics sure to excite virtual reality enthusiasts and newcomers alike. It was an unbelievable experience well beyond anything I’ve experienced as a gamer. As zombies engulfed our team, your senses were heightened, firing rounds of ammunition at each attacking living dead, and it felt as if zombies were really grabbing me as they attacked. It was a great experience working as a team with the other players, solving problems, and the challenges presented within each gameplay scene. At times, we found ourselves helping one another to get through the game. Mission Z was a wild ride and one I recommend any video gamer try themselves.
The second game we played was Temple Quest, an Indian Jones-like game featuring an ancient civilization where players travel through each scene trying to collect diamonds, avoid pitfalls, travel through portals, and navigate ground that gives way, forcing players to work together in order to complete the game successfully. This game was very tricky, in that it required focus, knowing where to stand, when to move, and how to work with other players in the game. Compared to Mission Z, Temple Quest was more family-friendly and could be played by a younger audience.
VEX Adventures builds amazing experiences for their client’s and its customers and offers entertainment solutions that are revolutionizing the attraction space. I highly recommend trying a VEX Adventure Virtual Reality game near you, it will change your gaming experience, and pull you into a truly immersive digital experience.
Vex Adventures Games
Vex Adventures offers several games that are sure to wow customers of all ages and increasing repeat play opportunities, from space adventures and blasting zombies to temple quests.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is Virtual Reality?
Current VR technology most commonly uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments, sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment.
What is the difference between VR and AR?
Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view often by using the camera on a smartphone. Examples of augmented reality experiences include Snapchat lenses and the game Pokemon Go. Virtual reality (VR) implies a complete immersion experience that shuts out the physical world.