Oculus Rift coming to Chuck E. Cheese's

Virtual reality experience being tested at kid-friendly restaurant/playplace in three markets, beginning with Dallas, San Diego, and Orlando.

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is coming to Chuck E. Cheese's. The kid-friendly restaurant/playplace founded by gaming icon Nolan Bushnell announced today that it is now testing a "Chuck E. Cheese's Virtual Ticket Blaster Experience" using the virtual reality headset in select markets. The first is Dallas, with expansions planned for San Diego and Orlando.

"Kids today have unprecedented access to game consoles and tablets," said Roger Cardinale, president of Chuck E. Cheese's owner CEC Entertainment. "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."

As part of a six-week trial run in the three test markets, kids will get to use the Oculus Rift headset to try out the "Virtual Ticket Blaster." The standard Ticket Blaster is a game where kids stand in a chamber and must grab tickets as they fly by. But the Oculus Rift version of this experience will have them doing so in virtual reality.

The Virtual Ticket Blaster game/experience was created by Dallas-based effects studio Reel FX. "We believe that virtual reality eventually will be as popular as our handheld devices," Reel FX founder Dale Carman said. "It's a game-changer, and we're investing incredible time and talent into developing content for the Oculus Rift."

The Oculus Rift was created by 21-year-old Palmer Luckey. The device came to life through a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, culminating in Facebook purchasing the company, Oculus VR, and the headset earlier this year is a surprise $2 billion deal.

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Discussion

59 comments
csward
csward

I get that they think the Occulus Rift is the future, but isn't it meant to experience things you couldn't do in real life? To me the real ticket blaster would be more fun, but hey maybe kids will enjoy it either way. I hope the technology gets used better than this in the future.

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

i thought chuck e cheese died a long time ago. guess it is still alive

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

I can't wait to try on that pizza sauce, booger, and lice covered headset!

deadpen
deadpen

Can you imagine all those kids fill to the bursting point with coke and pizza, strapping on goggles that make healthy people feel dizzy.

McGregor
McGregor

And this is what happens when Facebook buys your device.

observer98
observer98

Before reading this I seriously thought this was a fictional place that only existed in Dexter's lab.

C-THREE
C-THREE

they better make sure they get that motion sickness down to zero before they do that. a pizza place and motion sickness together does not sound pretty.

fig56
fig56

Cool. This is coming to Dallas first. I can get my 6 yr old to tell me how the Rift is. Here I thought I would try it first before he did. HAHAHA.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Yeah, that won't spread any more germs and sickness than kids already do.

kujel
kujel

This is the kind of place that the oculus rift has any real hope of gaining a foot hold, it will never become mainstream.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

And then comes the pink eye outbreak...  Seriously, how sanitary are VR headsets used in public places, by kids?  Are people going to wipe them down after each use?  I doubt it.

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

Yet another way to make kids even more sick and throwing up everywhere when it comes to oculus rift

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Facebook collecting info from kids now?

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

There might be something to this.  Put them in Chuck E Cheese, give us a good video of a relaxing park, maybe a quiet lonely beach, give 'em out to the parents so they can ignore the nutsy crowd of seven year olds.  


They'd sell like hotcakes. 

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

That is exactly what I was thinking about Virtual Reality... That it's a perfect fit for arcades, which, in today's terms equates to Chuck E Cheese. LOL but really, it's a great idea.

You know what else is a perfect fit for Chuck E Cheese and the like? KINECT! That's right. The best place for Kinect is an arcade where the types of games made for Kinect are a perfect fit.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

So they are targeting the children first.  Sad times.

tomservo51
tomservo51

" Hi little Johnny, please log into your facebook account to play."

hobotech64
hobotech64

Forget the OR, what the hell did they do to Chucky?

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

Shoulda been Dave and Busters.  Not this wanna-be mickey mouse crap.

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

Can't wait to see the parents fist fights break out and be shown on YouTube because it was their kid's turn

Hop103
Hop103

Oculus Rift is at least where it now belongs and where it can actually sell at and what demographic it's for.

poksmote
poksmote

I dont know why but I blame facebook for this

crushbrain
crushbrain

Oh snap. Just like the 90s. VR was in all the kids places and then it disappeared. Is this the future?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Chuck E. Cheese's. Where ALL cutting-edge innovator/gamers play.

Why not Dave & Buster's??

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Well I do take my Daughter to Chuck E. Cheese's from time to time but I don't think she wouldn't care for VR but if there are any for Adults to play it, I might give it a try to see if VR is the real deal.

shinjuki
shinjuki

Every kid and their mom will want one


Edit: I want one

mesteep1
mesteep1

@McGregor  


Facebook had nothing to do with it. the VFX firm was a backer of the oculus long before the buyout and was already partnered with CEC due to creating all of their new commercials. Sorry to ruin your conspiracy theory.

sanchango
sanchango

@McGregor  and this is what happens when people assume Facebook had anything to do with this.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@C-THREE  They better make their pizza less toxic to the human body first, that will go a long ways in preventing this sickness.

hystavito
hystavito

@kujel  I was going to make a similar comment.  In my opinion stuff like this has a much better chance of taking off than home usage.

merrickx
merrickx

@kujel  Yeah, especially considering how compelling the device is in just the gaming industry alone, which is a $30bil/year industry. Definitely won't become mainstream in any way. Definitely.

fig56
fig56

@kujel How much more mainstream than Facebook can you get dude?

McGregor
McGregor

@spacecadet25  Facebook must have received a bunch of money from the immunization groups to come up with a creative way to push immunizations. This is what they came up with.

merrickx
merrickx

@Thanatos2k  Same way bipedal robots are just search engines... ya' know, because Google owns BD.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@hobotech64   I didn't even realize that was supposed to be Chucky, I guess they wanted a more healthy and trim looking Chucky.  A Chucky that obviously rare eats pizza.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@hobotech64 He reminds me more of Stuart Little than anything else, lol

merrickx
merrickx

@Hop103  Yeah, video games are for children. The largest video game demographics certainly aren't adults. Nope, definitely not.

merrickx
merrickx

@crushbrain  DynaTec phones were also everywhere, and then they disappeared... but now we have smartphones.

merrickx
merrickx

@PixelAddict  Some Dave and Buster's, as in at a least one in Irvine, CA, have some Rifts. Remember though, there isn't even a consumer product yet. It's still in the developmental stage, with only dev kits existing. Still though there's so much anticipation.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Way to go leaving out the Dads such as myself who might or may not be into this sort of thing :-(

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@McGregor @spacecadet25  That shouldn't be necessary.  Responsible and sane parents will get their kids immunization shots as the CDC and child's pediatrician recommends.