So You're Not a Gamer: Casual VR Options

 Players try out Google Earth and chat about what they're seeing

Players try out Google Earth and chat about what they're seeing

When we check in with players after they finish a session, many tell us how surprised they are that they had so much fun since they’re “not gamers.” While it’s true that we are an arcade, we make sure to offer a wide variety of both games and experiences which can appeal to hardcore gamers, casual gamers, or those who just want to explore VR without gaming.

Even if you wouldn’t want to play games in VR very often, it’s likely that VR is coming to transform your industry outside of gaming: retail, manufacturing, training, and other diverse sectors are beginning to realize the potential of VR (and AR) to help them cut costs, increase safety, and standardize processes.  It’s worth exploring the technology and getting familiar with it before it shows up suddenly in your workplace.

No controllers

The simplest VR applications that we have require only the headset. InMind VR is a roller coaster ride through the brain which allows you to experience the sensation of movement without having to worry about steering yourself. Fantasynth is a colorful light and sound show which you simply step into and enjoy. Either of these options can also be done seated, if needed.

Minimal interaction required

 A player flies over Central Park in Heli

A player flies over Central Park in Heli

Some experiences require only one controller or are very simple to interact with.  Racket Nx puts a racket in one of your hands, and you only need to use that one controller to whack the ball around the arena. In Heli, you can explore a hangar and select your desired tour, and then sit back and enjoy the provided helicopter tour. A staff and spectator favorite, Plank Not Included, puts you on an actual plank and just makes you walk the plank and catch birds with your net.

Explore at your own pace

 A beautiful scene in Nature Treks

A beautiful scene in Nature Treks

Many games can be a bit more complicated, control-wise, but there’s no pressure to pick up the details quickly or to get used to every single button at once. The Lab has several casual games and experiences, many of which go at your own pace or are very low-stakes. Google Earth can feel confusing due to the incredible amount of functionality built in to allow you to get exactly where you want to, but just flying through the sky is an amazing experience on its own. Google Blocks is an art application where you make creations as simple or as complex as you would like to. Nature Treks allows you to explore around a dozen environments at your own pace, and finally, Job Simulator lets you interact with various workplaces as robots from 2050 might imagine them.

Sharing your time

As a final note, remember that you can always share your booked time with others: so if you think that 30 minutes will be more than enough for you to get a taste of it, feel free to bring a friend or two and swap in and out of the headset. You can choose from our several casual or easy options, and they can choose different options for their portion of the time if they’d like. Check out the full game list with trailers.