Virtual reality gaming and education company Zero Latency want to open Oz‘s second VR multiplayer free-roam gaming and training facility in Brisvegas.
Zero Latency are the company behind the VR venue in North Melbourne that opened in 2015, as well as five other spaces worldwide, including in Japan and Spain. They’ve got plans to open more across the globe later in the year.
Last week, Zero Latency submitted a development application to Brisbane City Council to turn a wholesale electrical business in Newstead into a virtual reality space.
Their general manger Boris Bielert reckon that you’ll be able to virtually mess up zombies, aliens and killer robots as early as October this year if their application is approved.
You know how cool it would be to have VR gamin’ on your doorstep? It’d be like when you went to laser tag in your teens: being in a dark room, on alert for when your friends and small children start shootin’ at you, but mostly ducking around corners for a pash (just me?).
Except you’d be able to see some wicked shit while sucking face, it’d be hyper-real, there’d be actual stakes. There was never anything threatening about your laser tag champ m8 Tommy. Nothing.
But why Brissy? Sydney is sniffling and feelin’ overlooked.
Kyel Smith, Zero Latency’s chief operating officer, reckons Brissy has the exact kind of young go-getter population who would really enjoy the VR gamin’ experience: “We’re currently hunting for other sites in other capital cities in Australia and we kind of focused on Brisbane first.”
The 1133-square-metre site would have 400 square-metres set aside for gaming, and would be able to be adapted for training and education purposes. The application suggests that military, law enforcement, emergency services and the mining sector could use the space to play out training scenarios and take detailed statistics.
A spokesman for the council said:
“While the application does not require any construction work, it proposes to change the current commercial use to a sporting and recreational use.“For this reason, council will assess the application for traffic and noise impacts.”
Traffic schmaffic, I need an upgrade on my Google Cardboard.
Source: Brisbane Times.