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Enter a whole new realm of unreal adventure
By Yoyo He and ZhangYang

What’s it like to be inside a video game? Thanks to breakthroughs in virtual reality (VR), instead of just staring at the screen to play a game, you can now actually feel what it’s like to be right in the middle of the action. 

The most advanced VR gaming experiences require the use of the latest technologies in 3D mapping, motion-capture, stagecraft as well as virtual reality headsets that seamlessly transport wearers into magical virtual worlds. 

As seen in the following pictures taken at Star Core, the first VR-based theme park in Shanghai, integrated VR technologies allow visitors to see, move and feel through an immersive, realistic virtual environment. 


The real world where I stood


The virtual world that I saw

Shanghai Daily reporters Yoyo He and Zhang Yang visited two venues where you can experience the thrills of VR entertainment for yourself.

Star Core VR Entertainment Center

Along with creating the sciencefiction VR game experience “Star Core,” Mili Pictures has also built one of the world’s first VR entertainment centers on Jumen Road in Huangpu District. The center features three playrooms, where visitors can experience various space-age story lines in the “Star Core” universe. Two more playrooms are said to be coming soon. 


After entering the VR center, players don Oculus VR headsets as they get used to feeling their way around the virtual environment of the game. Players also wear a helmet with a 3Dprinted antenna at the top.

 They are tethered to a laptop while an assistant follows behind with a data cable. Although the first playroom is no more than a few square meters, players will feel like they are in a vast universe. In the other two rooms, players step into new dimensions and experience worlds throughout the galaxy. 


The real world where I stood


The virtual world that I saw

As they navigate the world of “Star Core,” players can move around and touch objects. Motion-capture technology used in the game also recognizes human gestures and allows players to wage intergalactic battles on alien planets. 


Sitting on an interactive egg chair to enjoy real pleasure from the spatial displacement of the virtual world.

A trip through the center’s three rooms costs 80 yuan (US$12.26) and takes about 30 minutes. For newcomers to the world of VR entertainment, the Star Core VR Entertainment Center is a great starting point thanks to its high-tech equipment and the quality of its game production.

Zero-gravity and dinosaurs at Virtual World

Virtual World on Guangxi Road N. is a small VR game arcade that offers a selection of F1 racing and shooting games; virtual tours of Iceland, a dinosaur park or a ghost town; and a zero-gravity ride on a moving pendulum. Visitors who choose the pendulum will sit in an egg-shaped chair to experience the zero-gravity ride. Those who choose the dinosaur park will experience a VR adventure in a canyon filled with dinosaurs.


DIY cardboard headset for 3D thrills

You don’t have to go to a fancy arcade to experience the thrills of VR entertainment. For less than 200 yuan, you can order any number of pre-cut cardboard VR goggles. Just assemble, download the required app and insert your smartphone and you’ll be ready to embark on a VR adventure in the comfort of your own home. You can also click HERE to buy a google cardboard from Amazon.


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Of course, you’ll also need to download some VR games via the iTunes or Android stores. There are plenty of games to choose from, with everything from roller coaster rides, escape games and car-racing simulators available. Many of these games offer enhanced effects and features that allow users to change their view by turning their heads.


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