Mark from 42Freeway heads back to Bellmawr's massive Direct Connect project, to review what has changed in the last few months. And yes, there are new things to talk about. This update is really a 7 min YouTube video (bottom of article) but we'll highlight here in writing and photos the things in the video.
Just a few weesks ago, Liberty Virtual Reality opened in Glassboro’s Rowan Boulevard. The location is close to Chickie and Pete’s.
Liberty Virtual Reality is a modern day 3D virtual arcade. You put on a VR headset which offers a variety of 3D virtual world experiences.
If there is one thing you need to know… I tried it. It was VERY cool. You forget you are standing in a room. When I played the Mine Cart shooting game I felt I was in an actual Disney Ride.
So let’s back up a second. What is this?
So the room is broken up into about 7 or 8 “rooms”. They are open to the larger room but segregated. Each has a small counter up from and an area for the “player”
The player puts on a headset which includes monitors which completely immerse your vision. You are given two hand controllers (like Wii on steroids) which can be a variety of things in the games. As you move your head around, the live images updated perfectly in unison giving you the feeling that you are in the digital world.
The first game I tried was Plank, which takes you to the top of a very tall elevator, which opens up to a plank of the side of the building… and you have to walk out. Not really a game, but more of an experience. I had to mentally convince myself that I was in in a room in Glassboro and walking out on the plank was completely safe. And then I intentionally jumped off!
I also played a fire game where I flew around a city and using a firehouse put out fires. All in 3D viritual.
The last game was the mine game… which was actually like a boardwalk shooting game, but in a moving minecart.
They have dozens of games to choose from, and you pay for time, so you can jump around to different games,
To get the word out, right now they are running a Groupon special
Liberty Virtual Reality Arcade is open weekends and the end of the week, but I suggest for any of the Rowan Boulevard business you check their hours before heading over while everyone builds up their business base.
I haven’t learned the details of who owns the business, but I understand it to be another group of young 20-somethings who own several escape rooms and are now branching into the Virtual space!
Later in the month is their official Grand Opening.
Liberty Virtual Reality Arcade
226 Rowan Boulevard
Glassboro NJ 08028