FAQ ABOUT THE VR GO! SOCIAL GAMING LOUNGE
What is a Social Gaming Lounge?
You can play video games online anywhere, but it's always more fun to play together. Keeping up with the latest tabletop games, consoles, virtual reality gear, and video games can be expensive. At VR Go! you can try everything out with family and friends. Whether or not you will eventually have it all at home, a social lounge provides you a place to spend more time with others, learn about new games and activities, and have access to exclusive events.
VR Go! provides a fun and comfortable gaming experience for all ages. You can stay as long as you want during business hours. We provide a staff member to help you get set-up, whether you are playing independently or with friends and family. Private parties and event packages are also available.
Do I have to be a member to come play your games?
Our memberships are a great deal for anyone who wants to play video games for more than an hour in virtual reality or attend fun member-only activities and events. Members also get steep discounts for friends and family. However, if you want to just come for the day, you can purchase a day pass for $39 - day passes include 1 hour of play in one of our virtual reality stations.
What types of events do you have?
VR Go! hosts member-only events that allow members to get the most out of their membership and come play in group settings for tournaments, co-op play activities, and test out new gear. In addition, VR Go! plans monthly educational and experience events to share information about video game development, the future of virtual reality, and more! Do you have suggestions for events or would you like to do a presentation or demo? Please let us know at email@example.com.
Where are you Located?
VR Go! is located inside the Works Progress coworking space in north Seattle at 115 N 85th Street. Works Progress is directly across the street from Bartell's on 85th and has parking in the front and back of the building. The VR Go! social gaming lounge utilizes the Works Progress event space during off hours. If you enter through the front of the building, go upstairs and follow the purple line back to the event space. If you enter through the back of the building, the doors are at grade level and the event space is immediately to the right as you enter.
How long should I plan to spend at VR Go!?
Come and stay as long as you want during posted hours and events! We want you to maximize your gaming time and opportunity to explore new games - regardless if your playing tabletop, video games, or the virtual reality stations. We limit virtual reality stations to 2 hours per day as per the recommended guidelines. Also, we'd like you to come out and play tabletop with us!
Are there age restrictions?
VR Go! is for everyone! While the virtual reality stations do have age restrictions of 8 and up, many of our other tabletop and video games are fun for all ages. Please note that individual memberships are not available for anyone under 8 and that anyone under 12 must be supervised at all times by a guardian. In general, we recommend 8 and up to maximize family enjoyment. We also post when events are exclusive for mature audiences due to game violence, mature themes, or required level of concentration.
Do you have staff on site?
Yes, there is always at least one VR Go! staff member on site to help you out and get you set-up. Members, guests, and drop-ins are all required to follow directions by on-site staff.
I want to play Magic or other RPG card games, do you sell them?
No, we do not sell any games at VR Go!, however, Dreamstrands Comics is located just downstairs and they sell a variety of Magic and other card games.
My school/organization is having a Fundraiser, can we get something donated?
Sure, we'd love to support your fundraiser! We ask that you submit requests up to 30 days in advance. We provide gift certificates for the Gamer Plan, Family Game Together Plan, Day Passes, and the Virtual Reality Demo opportunities. Let us know what you're looking for.
What snacks do you have on-site?
These change regularly, we sell a small selection of pre-packaged drinks, chips, candy, and other snacks. A full list can be found on-site. Let us know if you have special requests.
Do the games ever change?
Absolutely! We will add new ones based on your feedback and our own research into the latest games that have performed strongly in testing phases. Have any great recommendations? Please share them with the staff in person or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to keep up with our new experiences, join our mailing list.
FAQ ABOUT USING VIRTUAL REALITY EQUIPMENT
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. That person becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed within this environment and whilst there, is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions. You’re free to look and move around. You will wear a headset and hold controllers, and your every move is tracked by two base stations.
How long should I plan to spend playing VR?
We've found that virtual reality is a social experience. Not only can you interact with each other in multiplayer games, it's fun to watch others play and to take turns trying to beat each other's high scores. Book several stations together with your friends and play with/against each other in-headset, or book one station and swap in and out. We also provide retro video games, board games, and cafe tables where you can hang out and watch others play in virtual reality for as long as you like. A standard session is 30-60 minutes. We only book individuals up to 2 hours per day.
How do I reserve the Virtual Reality Stations?
If you are a day pass user and want to reserve your hour in the virtual reality stations, you will need to call us at (206) 701-0262 or email us at email@example.com to reserve your station within 7 days of your desired date. Stations are first come first served.
If you are a member of VR Go!, you can reserve online through our members sign-in account up to 30 days in advance. Members can purchase one guest pass per day for $5 for a friend to share their station, or get a discount on an additional day pass for a friend to play in their own station.
Is Virtual Reality safe? Will I get nauseous or light-headed?
Virtual reality is safe, and many advances have been made in the technology since its introduction to ensure a very low risk of nausea and disorientation. It’s no more harmful to your eyes than looking at your smartphone screen. Although since you can’t see the real world when you’re wearing the Vive, there is a risk that you might bump into stuff that’s close to you if you’re not careful. The headsets warn you of your proximity to walls and other obstacles.
Those who are susceptible to motion sickness may experience motion sickness symptoms during virtual reality equipment use. We use the highest quality graphics cards to offer a premium smooth visual experience, however, if you feel any discomfort during your virtual reality session, we ask that you please inform a staff member immediately or try experiences not likely to cause nausea.
Are there any physical limitations that will hinder my experience?
For the best virtual reality experience, we recommend that users have full mobility of their head and neck and at least one hand. If you need special accommodations, give us a call and we will do our best to cater to your needs. If you have any preexisting medical conditions that affect your ability to perform physical activity, please consult with your physician before use. Many experiences can be modified to accommodate and only require movement of the head, and we have experiences that can be done standing or seated.
Our venue also has grade level access from the back of the building, where there is additional parking. Please contact us if you'd like to discuss any concerns and we will be happy to make accommodations.
I have glasses. Can I experience VR?
Most likely, yes. Each headset is adjustable so that it allows a comfortable and secure fit for all users with or without glasses. Glasses with exceptionally large frames may not fit, you can always come in and try.
Are there any age restrictions?
VR Go! is ages 8 and up. Ages 8-17 can play, but we do require a parent on site with all minors under 15 and a signed waiver on file for all players under 18. We also require direct parental supervision of minors between the ages of 8-12. That said, kids 8 and over have a great experience.
How many games can I play during my session?
Most activities are time-based - so you can play as many games as you want to choose within your time frame! Realistically, we find that most people play 1-3 games during a 30 min session. If an activity is limited to specific VR experiences, it will be clear when you choose it.
What equipment do you use?
We currently have 4 VR stations featuring the HTC Vive Pro system. The 3 standard stations ave roughly 10’x10’ of walkable space, and the large “cube” is roughly 20’ x 20’ for maximum game mobility. The Vive is connected to a high-end gaming desktop as well as a TV for spectators to view the in-game play.
Is the equipment clean?
The headsets, headphones, and controllers are cleaned after every use with baby wipes to reduce the spread of germs and to keep everything clean for everyone to use. We also clean all the gear with alcohol swabs at the end of the day. VR Go! also provides disposable hygiene covers upon request and you may purchase a head scarf or head band or bring your own.
What kinds of games to you have?
Check out our experiences list!
Do we need to sign a consent form?
Yes, all players must sign a waiver. Minors must have parent or guardian sign for them before they can play in a VR Station.
Can I play games with my friends?
Absolutely! We have many multiplayer games available on each headset. There is only one headset per booth, so you will need a minimum of two booths to play multiplayer games together.
What do I have to wear to play?
Wear something comfortable, you can get pretty active in VR Go! High heels and other footwear that may cause you to lose your balance or trip is not recommended.
I am a developer, can I rent the virtual reality equipment to test my games and experiences?
VR Go! is conveniently located inside the Works Progress coworking space to provide game, art, education, and experience developers with high quality equipment during the weekday. Must be a Works Progress member to utilize the lab during the weekday or pay an additional drop-in fee. More information can be found here.