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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Looks like this was short lived << LINK REMOVED >>

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It was a pretty half-assed attempt anyway. Not to mention the DK1 is lacking any of the features necessary to make it a comfortable experience. Also, I don't trust kids to not strangle themselves with the cord.

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i didnt even know they were still in business

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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.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Showbiz pizza died, ChuckE? Definately not, I go there often hehe.

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

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And this is what happens when Facebook buys your device.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> and this is what happens when people assume Facebook had anything to do with this.

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

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They better make their pizza less toxic to the human body first, that will go a long ways in preventing this sickness.

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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.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Immunofortification.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> How much more mainstream than Facebook can you get dude?

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That shouldn't be necessary. Responsible and sane parents will get their kids immunization shots as the CDC and child's pediatrician recommends.

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It has nothing to do with Facebook. You're giving Zuckerbug Waaaay to much credit.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Its Chuck E Cheese you wont tell the difference.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> a kid threw up? where? Chuck E. Cheese? ahh..business as usual I see

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Facebook collecting info from kids now?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Same way bipedal robots are just search engines... ya' know, because Google owns BD.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They have alcohol at Chuck E. Cheeses' for that.

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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.

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So they are targeting the children first. Sad times.

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

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> He reminds me more of Stuart Little than anything else, lol

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nah those guys are stuck up.

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

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, video games are for children. The largest video game demographics certainly aren't adults. Nope, definitely not.

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