Friday, December 3, 2021

Tag: virtual reality

VR gaming centre planned for West Devon town

VR Gaming Centre plans West Devon
A virtual reality gaming centre is planned for a former Natwest bank in Okehampton in West Devon.

Namco Funscape’s flagship venue permanently closes

Namco Funscape County Hall Closes
After operating as one of London’s most iconic arcades for the last quarter century, Namco Funscape has permanently closed its doors - doomed not by the pandemic, but by the planned redevelopment of the County Hall site it occupies.

Leo Leisure: Redefining the bingo experience with a mix of vision and investment

Leo Leisure Bingo Cinema
At a time when some better-known brands are opting to close some of their bingo clubs, south coast independent, Leo Leisure is bucking the trend with an individual and headline grabbing take on out of home entertainment. Coinslot spoke to Leo Leisure’s Michael Shepherd about how the family-owned business is establishing a blended bingo, cinema, tanning, virtual reality and soft play offering, and how its most recent application in Weymouth is causing a bit of a stir in the genteel Dorset town!

Virtual reality specialist Immotion Group unveils new share issue

Immotion Group announce new share agreement
Virtual Reality entertainment specialist Immotion Group has announced a new share agreement, as the company looks to recover from the effect of Coronavirus on the attractions industry.

Virtual gaming surge at EAG 2020

Organisers of the newly-expanded EAG International Expo are reporting high levels of interest in new virtual technologies. Already the largest leisure-facing coin op event in the UK, EAG is set to showcase the latest in cutting-edge virtual gaming technology. Martin Burlin, EAG Expo chairman said: “It has been very interesting to see a surge of interest and enquiries about AR,VR and...

Head of R&D for LAI Games perfects Virtual Rabbids with D-BOX

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The recent content expansion for LAI Games’s Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride has been bolstered by new motion technology from D-Box. Having debuted the new game content earlier this year LAI Games vice president of research and development, Shannon Perell, recently visited D-BOX to put the finishing touches on the updated motion technology. D-BOX worked with Perell to ensure that the...

Virtual Rabbids: The Big Expansion Pack launches

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Leading game manufacturer LAI Games has announced that the much- anticipated release of The Big Expansion Pack for its award-winning Virtual Rabbids VR ride. Virtual Rabbids The Big Expansion Pack adds three brand new premium experiences to the existing line-up. It also includes a new game header and signage to advertise the update to players. “These new experiences are exceptionally well...

Virtual Rabbids going down a storm in Southend

Virtual Rabbids - The Big Ride has posted positive on-site reports at the New York arcade in Southend, highlighting the growing popularity of attendant-free VR installations. Virtual Rabbids - The Big Ride – the attendant-free virtual reality ride from LAI Games – available from Harry Levy Amusements is creating a stir in the New York arcade since it was first...

Beat Saber lands at the Trafford Centre

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The Beat Saber attendant-free VR attraction is making new fans in the Trafford Centre, where it joins the line-up at the Namco Funscape FEC.  Namco Funscape entertainment venues provide fun for people of all ages. From ten-pin bowling, American pool tables, the latest arcade and VR games, Pac-Man Soft play, food & drink, dodgem cars, parties, corporate events, and most recently,...

Mario Kart VR officially launches in France

BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe and Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont have brought Mario Kart VR to the French market for the first time at Europacorp La Joliette, Marseille. Located in the heart of the new Euromed district of Marseille; the VR ZONE Portal is amongst good company within EuropaCorp La Joliette which also offers a high level of services and the...

China embraces VR with gusto

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A recent report into the growth of virtual reality arcades in China predicts that the country could represent one fifth of the world’s entire VR industry by the end of 2022. The review, conducted by Silicon Valley-based consultancy firm Digi-Capital, forecast the pace of VR-arcade growth over the course of the next five years “could see it dominate AR/VR long...

Harry Levy: The turning tides of technology

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Whilst the seaside market is one built on timeless appeal, there is an undercurrent of innovation coursing round the coast says Matthew Deith, commercial director at Harry Levy. From virtual reality to the latest in redemption all by way of cashless payment solutions, the technological innovation present in coastal FECs and arcades is clear for all to see.When this is...

New Virtual Reality experience in line for UK and Ireland debut

Virtual Reality, Zero Latency VR, UK, Ireland, debut
The Zero Latency VR multiplayer experience is set to enter the UK market after Ireland-based Virtual Reality Gaming (VRG) secured the rights for two franchise locations. Having started in Australia, Zero Latency has rolled out its unique take of VR gaming to a number of global markets but as yet only counts two within Europe - Madrid and Lisbon. As per...

Virtual reality, untethered and unleashed

Virtual Reality
With more and more virtual reality arcades springing up throughout the country, Chris Webster caught up with Silicon Valley VR developer Jacob Pennock and asked him - just how much untapped potential lies in the new VR leisure market? CW: Do you think we’ve now reached a point, in terms of the quality of technology and its accessibility, where pay-to-play...

Mario Kart VR launches in O2 Hollywood Bowl

Mario Kart VR has launched at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Portal located within Hollywood Bowl at the O2. On the evening prior to the official 4 August UK launch, an event was held for members of the British press and guests to experience ‘Mario Kart VR’ first-hand. It was an evening of drinks, food and Virtual Reality which welcomed the...

Virtual Reality and/or Video Resurrection

Virtual Reality
With news of yet another bespoke virtual reality venue in the UK, Chris Webster thinks a sweet-spot of opportunity finally presents itself to the innovating arcade proprietor. Pundits have been touting virtual reality as a prospective game-changer in entertainment for over thirty years. The concept, meanwhile, has been knocking about even longer, even being partially realised as a training tool...

York couple hopes to launch city’s first VR arcade

The roll-out of pay-to-play VR continues unabated, as a pair of gaming enthusiasts prepare to bring the very latest in entertainment technology to the ancient city of York A couple of intrepid souls from York are hoping to make waves in the leisure industry’s most cutting-edge sub-sector this year, having submitted plans to open the city’s first virtual-reality arcade. Kate Nolton...

Award-winning VR Ride Coming to Bowl Expo

LAI Games - Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride
LAI Games is to display Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride at next week’s International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The Big Ride is the industry’s first attendant-free VR attraction that operates and is serviced like any other coin-op amusement game. The only game to win this year’s AMOA Innovator Award, The Big Ride makes high-quality VR accessible to bowling and...

VR Star opens second venue in UK-wide expansion

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Following the success of its debut site in Bristol, VR Star has launched a second venue in a Cardiff shopping centre, with 60 sites planned for the UK in total. With confidence running high in virtual reality’s out-of-home viability, is it time for more FECs to get on board? VR Star, the retail brand of virtual reality manufacturer Immotion, has...

Location-Based VR to Reach $809 Million by 2022

Virtual Reality
Consumer spend on VR is expected to reach $809 million by 2022, according to the latest tracker report from Futuresource Consulting, a research specialist in media and technology. FoxNext, Zero Latency and Disney’s ILMxLab are just some of the companies that have proven track records showing VR to be a viable business investment. The report shows that Q1 2018 saw significant...

Virtual reality must find its social side to stay ahead of home entertainment

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With almost every major UK city boasting a VR Arcade, the virtual reality industry has emerged as a gaming growth leader. However, if VR ever wants to establish itself alongside traditional AGCs, Alexander Tsyrupa, the man behind London’s DNA venue, argue the technology must keep the social aspect of gaming at its heart. With six months under his belt operating...

Resorts World adds VR to Vortex Gaming area

Birmingham’s Resort World leaps into the future bwith the addition of VR to its Vortex Gaming arcade. Resorts World in Birmingham is the second city’s premier all-in-one leisure location and with its Vortex Gaming area being of particular prominence. All the more reason then that the venue keeps pace with player trending. So it’s no surprise that the multi-faceted arcade...

LAI Games VR ride makes Middle East debut

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LAI Games’ Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride will make its Middle East debut at the DEAL show next week in Dubai, UAE.   It is the industry’s first attendant-free VR attraction that operates and is serviced like any other coin-op amusement game. Virtual Rabbids recently was awarded the AMOA Innovator Award at this year’s Amusement Expo in Las Vegas. The company said:...

VR heading for the heart of London

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Virtual Reality gaming is set to make its way into the heart of London with the opening of VR Concept at the Gameboxx entertainment space in Elephant and Castle.   The latest showpiece installation in the burgeoning arcade sector will feature an industry first inter-venue league to allow players to compete across a range of sites. Anthony Nixon, director and co-founder of...

Virtual reality arcade enters the heart of Bristol city

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Bristol has embraced the rise of virtual reality gaming with the opening of VR Star in the city’s Cabot Circus shopping centre.   Opened on 15 December with content by Manchester- based VR innovators Immotion, the arcade is the largest VR centre in the UK. “If you have only ever experienced VR at home or a quick demo in a shop, then...

Optimising virtual reality for the arcade: Four experts weigh in

Coinslot CES 2017 VR Virtual Reality
At research group Greenlight Insight’s Virtual Reality Strategy Conference in San Francisco, VR content creators Nick Cooper of VRX Networks, Vien Ha, CEO of iSimu VR, Marc-Antoine Pinard CEO of Lucky Hammers, and Jonathan Flesher of Baobab Studios, gave their advice on successfully offering virtual reality in an FEC environment. Here are some extracts of that guidance.   Nick Cooper, VRX...

Second UK “VR Zone Portal” opens in Tunbridge Wells

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BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe Ltd (BNAE) has opened the second VR Zone Portal™ in the UK, at Hollywood Bowl Tunbridge Wells, Kent.   Earlier this year, BNAE opened their first Virtual Reality location outside of Japan – in the new Hollywood Bowl at London’s O2 Arena. “The opening of VR Zone Portal™ Tunbridge Wells is confirmation of the growing rise of BANDAI NAMCO’s ‘Out...

BANDAI NAMCO installs first AI Solve units into Hollywood Bowl and Tenpin

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BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe has signed a distribution deal with AI Solve for its We Play VR location-based VR attraction.   The first units of which were installed into Hollywood Bowl sites over the summer.   The We Play VR attraction comprises of a glass-walled maze in which the player wears a VR mask and backpack and is free to move around...

BANDAI NAMCO and Hollywood Bowl debut VR at the O2 Arena

VRZone11 o2 hollywood bowl bandai
BANDAI NAMCO has partnered with Hollywood Bowl to launch VR Zone Portal in the O2 Arena, the first virtual reality gaming suite outside of Japan.   Located inside the bowling alley venue at the O2, two games are initially available to guests: Argyle Shift, a single-player futuristic giant robot sim, and Hospital Escape Terror, a multiplayer VR horror escape game. “The VR...

First VR technology show set for Las Vegas

Coinslot - VR show Las Vegas 2017
The first conference to focus on the advent of VR to amusements, arcades and theme parks is taking place in Las Vegas, on 13- 14 September.   Billed as “the first event focused on the business opportunities presented by immersive technology”, The Future of Immersive Leisure 2017 will include a technology showcase and seminars from a wide range of technology and...