In support of men’s health, The Western Fair District played host to The Gentlemen’s Experience on Friday and Saturday. $2 from every admissions ticket sold was donated to the Movember Canada Foundation.
One of the companies that were drawing a lot of attention was CTRL V(Control V). CTRL V is North America’s first virtual reality arcade. The company started out in Waterloo but has now expanded to 18 locations across Canada, The United States, and even Costa Rica.
In an attempt to draw more guests they were offering free demos of their virtual reality games to all The Gentlemen’s Experience attendees. Anthony Duynisveld is the Owner for London location at CTRL V and he says virtual reality takes you to another world.
“You’re no longer in the space the headset had you in. You’re actually wherever that game wants to put you.”
Virtual reality has come a long way but we have yet to see the best of it. Duynisveld says there’s a lot of people that are developing full body suits that can cause an electrical impulse to stimulate in an area that has been shot or punch.
Virtual reality is already being used in work training, the medical field and education. Duynisveld believes that we can use virtual reality for more than just gaming. For instance, we can use it for phobias or on people with certain disorders. The idea here is to desensitize their particular fears or to help them cope with their disorders. People may not feel comfortable in a live and group setting but virtual reality allows them to challenge their fears individually and in a state that they know is not real. In fact, virtual reality has already helped some people conquer their fears.