Teen Holds VR Experience At Arts Centre To Promote Technology To Youngsters

Teen Holds VR Experience At Arts Centre To Promote Technology To Youngsters

The power of virtual reality (VR) as an advertising technique is not lost on the next generation, with young people clearly understanding the attraction of having such lifelike experiences through technology.

This has been most notably shown in Lyme Regis where a teenage boy is set to host a VR experience at the local arts centre in an attempt to boost its number of visitors.

Blake Ford, 15, has arranged the workshop at Bridport Arts Centre next Friday (November 30th) to encourage more people in the area to come in and watch films and try out the different VR technologies, Bridport News reported.

“Virtual reality is still quite up and coming, and I think a lot of people my age would be interested in it and we want to let them know that there are things going on at the arts centre for people of all ages,” Blake told the news provider.

He added that children do not need to feel intimidated by going to the venue as “it’s a very friendly place”.

Those who attend will be able to take part in three VR experiences – a lightsaber rhythm game, a rollercoaster and a walk the plank – before sitting down to watch a screening of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

The workshop, which is being held for free for those with tickets to the film, will kick off at 17:00, followed by the movie at 19:00.

Ready Player One was specifically chosen to complement the VR workshop, as it is a sci-fi flick about an entire VR world called the OASIS. The 2018 movie, starring Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan, tells the story of a quest to win a three-part challenge set by the creator of the OASIS who recently died. The victorious winner will then inherit the OASIS for themselves.

Blake has certainly tapped into what is set to be one of the most popular forms of technology in the future, despite still being so young himself.

Indeed, VR’s role in gaming could escalate dramatically over the years, as creators see its huge potential and growing popularity.

Resolution Games, based in Stockholm, is one such games company that believes in its future, and has recently secured an investment of $7.5 million (£5.82 million) in its latest round of VR funding.

Investors including Unity founder David Helgason got involved in offering finance this time, while Sisu Game Ventures, GV and Creandum have previously given money to the technology. This takes the total investment in virtual and augmented reality for Resolution Games to $13.5 million, Games Industry Biz recently revealed.

Chief executive office and co-founder of the company Tommy Palm was quoted as saying: “With the amount of interest we’re seeing from the industry around our titles, coupled with exciting new platforms like the Oculus Quest coming to market, we foresee larger volumes of players and a viable multiplayer market.”

VR fans will be most familiar with Resolution Games’ Bait, while it has also worked with Rovio on the release of Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot.

Mr Palm clearly supports teenager Blake’s belief in the future of VR technology, particularly with regards to gaming, adding: “These are exciting times.”

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