There was a time, roughly two decades ago (God, I feel old), when Chuck E. Cheese had some awesome games. Sure, they were mostly the size of refrigerators—if you can remember the old school Jurassic Park rail shooter arcade game then you’ll know what I’m talking about—but they were great for the time.
Nowadays, mobile and console-based video games pretty much trump anything that can be found at the family oriented pizza and play place. “Kids today have unprecedented access to game consoles and tablets,” said Roger Cardinale, president of CEC Entertainment, the company that owns Chuck E. Cheese. But CEC is looking to modernize Chuck E. Cheese’s entertainment offerings by giving their customers the chance to experience the best in virtual reality technology.
Over the next six weeks, 29 Chuck E. Cheese locations throughout the country (including Dallas, San Diego and Orlando) will receive the new Virtual Ticket Blaster Experience game, which utilizes an Oculus Rift VR headset. The object of the game is pretty simple: Players will step into a booth, don a headset and try to catch simulated Chuck E. Cheese tickets.
“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,” said Cardinale.
It’s not completely clear what kind of version of the Rift Chuck E. Cheese will utilize for this simulator, but we’re looking forward to seeing how this all pans out.
(via Tech Crunch)