So if you’re a gamer (or if you know one), you may have heard that the first Virtual Reality Arcade opened in Canada in the last few months in Waterloo, Ontario. Ctrl V has been in the news with a new form of gaming for die-hard gamers, and apparently it’s a pretty big deal! This entrepreneurial business is now setting an industry standard in VR public gaming. My fiancé is a big computer gamer and has pretty high standards in terms of graphics and game play. I knew he would at least like to try VR out and I too was curious if it was as fun as I had heard.
I booked two sessions for us about a week out through their online booking system and later found out their booking system had a glitch and I hadn’t actually reserved the VR stations (luckily they were not sold out on the day of, so I was still able to reserve with no issues). We watched the tutorial video and signed the waivers online so we didn’t need to do so upon arrival. This was super convenient! I also got lucky and found a 2 for 1 coupon online, so instead of $50 I only paid $25 (which my fiancé confirmed is a reasonable rate for a one-hour session of VR gaming).
The place itself was hard to find as it’s located in off the road and not well signed. The set-up is basic (as it is still pretty new) with a check-in desk, some seating and a TV for the tutorial session, and then the stations themselves. It is pretty clear all their investment was spent on the equipment (which is the important part!). Just take off your shoes, put on the headset, headphones and controllers and you’re set!
Overall, I’m glad we tried the VR experience, but we both felt that it has a long way to come in terms of being interactive (more in-game engagement than just point and shoot) as well as better quality graphics. Some gamers were raving about it once the session ended, but we didn’t feel the same. I’ll admit that my less-positive opinions may be linked to user error (not setting the headset visuals correctly or knowing how to use the controllers correctly), but each game has its own learning curve. My fiancé’s take was “Give it 5-10 years and we’ll try again”. The industry definitely has potential, just not quite there yet.
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.