Hamilton residents ​will soon be able to defend medieval villages from orcs without any repercussions. Or for those more inclined to travelling the world, a stroll to see the Trevi​ Fountain in Rome may be better suited.

Almost anything will be possible when the world of virtual reality comes home to Hamilton next month. Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience that creates environments that can be similar to, or not possible in, the real world.

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Rodriguez-Fleming, 27, is one of the founders of VREX​, a virtual reality arcade that is set to open in Garden Place in September. The site will feature six booths each equipped with a virtual reality system, headset, and controllers, and players can connect either individually or with a team of support.

There will be between 10-15 games for players to choose from, for all ages and abilities, and Rodriguez-Fleming hopes VREX can front the revolution of traditional arcades. “The major changing game-factor is the full immersion experience; how it is able to stimulate your brain and has the potential for education and fitness opportunities. Read more from stuff.co.nz…

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