CHILLICOTHE – Local residents who have always wanted to explore Egyptian tombs or sites in ancient Greece may have the opportunity to do so starting this fall.
Objective Reality Games, a new business coming to Chillicothe, will be opening on North Bridge Street in the Zane Plaza around October. The business will be offering virtual reality escape rooms in addition to a VR arcade and desktop games.
“It’s something different, somewhere to go and something to do,” said Colin Rose, who owns the business with his wife, Sara.
The couple was inspired to create the space not only by their love of video games but because they saw a need for safe, sober spaces in Chillicothe. Colin, an Army veteran who is currently in recovery from an addiction to opiates, says that most of the fun places for adults in town are bars. But individuals seeking alternative outlets may find positive connections at Objective Reality Games.
Through a licensing agreement with video game company Ubisoft, the Roses will have the ability to exclusively offer the company’s games within a 50-mile radius. Two games will be offered for the VR escape rooms with the current ones based on pyramids and Medusa’s lair. After nine months, Objective Reality Games will receive new escape rooms based on upcoming Ubisoft games.
Beyond the escape rooms, there will also be more than 300 arcade games available for participants to enjoy. Games ranging from basketball and skeeball to shooting and zombie hunting will be included. Other options involve horror house walkthroughs or a Google Maps program that places players in real-world locations. In the future, the business will also offer themed events for March Madness or holidays.
Once an escape room is chosen, participants will stand in a 7 foot by 7 foot space known as a pod that’s divided from others through the use of curtains. There will be a total of 8 pods in the building. Each individual puts on a pair of Occulus Rift S VR goggles and waits for their other team members to load in. Once all the players are in the virtual space, they’ll be able to see each other and interact to complete the mission.
“It’s so realistic it feels like you’re actually in the space,” Sara said.
And although the new escape rooms are virtual, Sara says that they still will be team-based programs. Colin, who’s working to become a peer recovery specialist, also hopes that the business can partner with juvenile and drug courts or other local organizations to provide a reward system for area youth.
At the end of August, the business will be having a pre-sale event and will be offering memberships and corporate events for a discounted rate. The couple plans to charge $26 per hour.
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