Yep, that’s right, a bunch of snot-nosed little kids, probably the same ones who say offensive shit about your mother over Xbox Live, are gonna have the opportunity to experience the latest in virtual reality before you will.
Even though the Oculus Rift hasn’t been released to the public, other than game devs and scientific researchers, it was announced recently by Chuck E. Cheese that the VR headset will be used in “Virtual Ticket Blaster Experience” at 29 locations in Dallas, San Diego, and Orlando.
These locations are probably the more successful Chuck E. Cheese’s in the country, so it’s no wonder they’d be used as testing grounds. But what exactly is the Virtual Ticket Blaster Experience? It’s a play on the old-school game-show setup of having someone, enclosed in a booth, trying to catch as many dollars/tickets/whatever as they could.
Using a similar “booth” and an Oculus Rift with 360 degree head tracking, Chuck E. Cheese hopes to replicate this experience, even if what the kids are catching isn’t actually real. Theoretically, kids will be able to redeem the “tickets” they caught in the booth at the IRL counter.
For shitty toys they could get at the Dollar Store for less money. But that’s another post. According to CEC Entertainment president, Roger Cardinale:
Our challenge is to deliver an experience not available at home, and there is no doubt virtual reality does just that. Oculus Rift technology is the next frontier in the gaming industry, and we’re thrilled to be able to say it’s part of the Chuck E. Cheese’s lineup.