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San Jose witnesses opening of ‘Terminator Salvation: fight for the future’ in VR

Cinemark, in association with Dreamworks venture Spaces, recently launched the very first location-based virtual reality (VR) features in San Jose, California. Hailed as the first of its kind in the Bay Area, the “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” experience is an interactive marvel. It enables up to 4 players to delve deep into the Terminator universe and step into the shoes of rebels to pick up arms against robot warlords.    

The venue of the experience is the entry section of the Century 20 Oakridge and XD theatre, where users can partake in the adventure. The experience demands users to get their faces scanned with specifically-configured iPad devices. Facial scans of participants are processed by Spaces to create custom virtual reality-based avatars, to help them recognise their friends or co-participants. Participants are also required to wear a VR backpack and wear sensors on their limbs. As they put on their Oculus headset to venture into the imaginary world, they are assigned a mission by the ‘resistance’.

Spaces has differentiated this particular experience from other location-oriented virtual reality encounters available today, by assigning designated guides for players. The guides aid participants in achieving their objectives, and help them in surpassing difficult mission segments. Aside from the guided mission gameplay, players have ample opportunities of letting loose and embarking on shooting frenzies, with a designated stage for such adventures. The VR experiences stretching up to 15 minutes in length conclude with every participant receiving highlight reels in their email inboxes.

The experience being offered by “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” is quite simplistic when compared to other contemporary location-oriented virtual reality experiences out there. It is still miles ahead of any home VR experience.

The experience will leave a lasting and memorable impression on the senses of participants.- Shiraz Akhmal, CEO and co-founder of Spaces

The entire “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” encounter is designed to offer a fine balance between uninhibited fun and rich gameplay. Players may choose to target high scores by endlessly shooting terminator robots, or completely enjoy the shooting spree without thinking about accumulating points. According to James Meredith, senior vice president of marketing and communications at Cinemark, people who are not avid gamers can also have a great time.

Cinemark’s latest venture is being seen as a drive to gain back the interests of audiences to movies. Others like Imax had also tried to go down the location-based VR route in the past, but with not much success.

Akhmal shared his inputs regarding the previous failed venture in the location-based VR arena, referring to the closing down of the Imax VR centres during last year. According to him,  companies should focus more on offering simplistic home-like commercial VR experiences.
According to Meredith, Cinemark is treading with caution instead of investing all efforts into the new mode. He remarked that the company was in the process of evaluating the results of its latest developments.

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