MADE IN NEVADA: Anything Virtual

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The first virtual reality arcade recently opened in northern Nevada. The experience takes you inside the game to battle spaceships, zombies and gunmen.

Players can also test their balance on a board between moving trains or sky scrapers. They can look thousands of feet to the ground, but they're actually in a safe padded game area.

"It's a 360 as sphere so you're looking down or up. You can be attacked from any direction," said Mark L. Anderson who just experienced his first virtual reality game.

Stepping from reality into a virtual world is simple. The gamer puts on HTC Vive goggles, headphones and holds two controllers. They appear in the virtual world as well.

"When you're wearing the goggle, you actually see a horizon, mountains as well and foreground right next to you," said Anything Virtual Owner, Kim Chisholm.

As the player looks up the scenery in the goggles moves seamlessly making the player feel they are in a real 3D alternate reality.

"It think it's big in here," said Allen Whitehead shortly after putting the virtual reality goggles on.

The screen on his goggles is only a few inches away from his eyes, but is designed to make him look far into the distance. Some objects appear to be hundreds of feet away others appear close.

It's a realistic 3D interactive experience. Sword wielding skeletons can lurk around the corners waiting to strike. In other games zombies run at you to attack. Chisholm says the attacks make adults scream out loud in fear, but they almost always laugh out loud when they realize their attackers don't inflict any pain.

Virtual players choose between 13 and 17 games with a new one cycling in each month.

"It has to be experienced because the technology preceding this hasn't been on the same level so there's really nothing people can compare it to," Chisholm said.

Chisholm opened Anything Virtual on the corner of Mae Anne Avenue and Robb Drive about 5 months ago. Her two full-time employees keep the doors open seven days a week. The closest brick and mortar virtual reality arcade like this one is in Las Vegas and that's why she decided to start her own business.

It costs $20 to play for 30 minutes or $30 to play for one hour.