Skip to comments.No more ball pit or air hockey: Chuck E. Cheese debuts Oculus Rift birthday parties
Posted on 05/30/2014 9:29:32 AM PDT by null and void
Kids entertainment company plans on bringing virtual reality-themed parties to a few of its venues Chuck E. Cheese, the popular kids entertainment company known for its venues filled with ball pits, videos games, and obstacle courses, is taking a giant step in to the 21st century by agreeing to pair with Reel FX, an Oculus Rift content creator, to try out a new virtual-reality video game in three of its markets.
The first test market is Dallas; from there, venues in San Diego and Orlando are expected to be tested next. The game, referred to as the Ticket Blaster, involves the Birthday Star going into a booth while wearing an Oculus Rift headset. He / she will then be guided by Chuck E. Cheese into a virtual world where the aim is to gather as many virtual tickets as possible.
As one would expect with any Oculus Rift game, the Ticket Blaster takes full advantage of the headsets 360⁰ head-tracking technology and 3D-viewing capabilities. Also contributing to the gamers experience: air blows inside the booth to create a wind tunnel effect while actual, physical tickets flurry down around the child, all to give him / her the feeling of actually running through a tunnel while trying to grab tickets.
At the end of the game, the headset tallies up the number of tickets the child collected, which he / she can then use to redeem at the merchandise counter.
According to Roger Cardinale, president of CEC Entertainment, "Kids today have unprecedented access to game consoles and tablets. Our challenge is to deliver an experience not available at home, and there is no doubt virtual reality does just that."
Worth noting is that this is not the first time Chuck E. Cheese has worked with Reel FX. Back in 2012, the companies partnered up to revitalize the brand by reimagining the companys character, Chuck E., as an electric-guitar playing rock star mouse.
Life imitates Futurama. Virtual Virtual Skeeball. It’s almost like Virtual Skeeball.
Our CEC closed years ago........................
I do believe this is the 1st Chuck E. Cheese post that wasn’t about some urban over-celebration.
where do the parents go to drunkenly fight each other now?
yeah i really want to put on goggles that a billion other people have worn, maybe pick up some lice that’s hopped on the straps. there is a huge potential hygiene issue where scores of little kids from all over,are concerned.
and if anyone’s dealt with daycare and knows how stuff spreads there, chuck e cheese is daycare with pizza and slightly cooler games.
If you want a gut-busting laugh riot, get to know the IT guy in a Chuck E. Cheese. Then get him to run the adult program for the animatronics. It’ll have to be while the place is closed.
School board meetings ?
Pee-wee football games and soccer.......................
Yeah, I can't wait for the first time peels off that headset and goes screaming to mommy because somebody hacked the feed with (use your imagination...).
Soon Little League games will all be virtual
It’s all fun and games until the kids accidentally wear the adult goggles programmed with porn.
Wow, this is a FABULOUS idea.
Have the kids stuff their cake-holes with pizza while sitting doing nothing but watching.
Good training for the future of adulthood.
A friend of mine set up the Chuck E. Cheese in Raleigh in the late 70s/early 80s. At that time, they sent the program to run the robots on a cassette tape. They had two. One for the regular kiddies, and one just to entertain the staff. The second one was riddled with foul language and gestures, and was hilarious.
And everyone will be a virtual winner.
did they ban pit balls???
CEC is going back to its roots. The “pizza” part of the business was just to bring the kids and adults in so they would spend loads of money on the video games. One of the founders who came from Atari admitted that the pizza was crap but that it wasn’t the point of the establishment. The food is still crap.
Awful place. And the food gives me diarrhea.
You actually ate the food there?
What have they got for the dads who have to suffer through the party.
Looks like a great vector for spreading pink eye.