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Dave & Buster’s announces new virtual reality experiences

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VRstudios and Dave & Buster’s has announced new virtual reality VRcade Arena experiences, including VRcade PowerPlay and Barking Irons Gunslinger.

Dave & Buster’s is the first nationwide location-based entertainment (LBE) operator to debut VRcade PowerPlay, and the experiences are being offered first for a limited time at the Tampa, Florida location.

Dave & Buster’s guests will now have the choice of multiple types of VR attractions, both on Dave & Buster’s multiplayer simulator, and now in a free-roaming environment.

VRcade PowerPlay, described as a combination of laser tag and dodge ball, is an athletic esport in VR, in which players compete through a series of matches and move as if they were on an actual playing field.

Barking Irons Gunslinger lets players step into the Wild West and compete in three different game modes – a ‘High Noon’ fast draw duel, a search and destroy engagement, and a skeet shoot.

Dave & Buster’s has integrated VRstudios’ AMP system into its VR simulator attraction. VRstudios has developed several exclusive attraction experiences for Dave & Buster’s, including Dragonfrost, Star Trek: Dark Remnant, and Men in Black: Galactic Getaway.

Last year, Dave & Buster’s launched Jurassic World VR Expedition in over 100 locations across the US and Canada. The ride uses motion chairs with HTC Vive VR headsets. Up to four players can enter the world of the movie franchise together.

Previously, Blooloop spoke to industry experts Professor Andy Miah and Brian Mirakian about the growth of esports and what this will mean for the visitor experience.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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