VANCOUVER (CityNews) — A woman cries out “I’m scared!” as a zombie apocalypse descends on what used to be a Payless Shoe Source at a quirky east Vancouver mall.
The Zero Latency Virtual Reality Stadium is now open for business at Kingsgate Mall. The company has 40 locations worldwide, but this marks its first foray into Western Canada.
The manager is hoping people in Mount Pleasant will come to the mall, strap on a backpack and a headset, grab a weapon and enjoy.
“Once you’ve got the goggles on, you literally feel like you’re inside the game. If you’ve had a really tough day at work, a stressful day, you want to blow off some steam–whether you want to shoot zombies or you just want to escape for half an hour it’s the perfect venue for that,” says manager Winston Cabell.
The space can accommodate groups of up to eight people and a half hour of play costs between $50 and $60.
Stores in the mall range from the utilitarian to the arcane. A man drawing portraits is parked outside the BC Liquor Store and a store selling souvenir T-shirts sits across fro the Shoppers Drug Mart.
Cabell hopes the increased density and changing demographics of the neighbourhood will help the business succeed.
“I know it had a reputation but I really think that with the way the Mount Pleasant community is being brought back, is being revitalized, with all the condos being built up around here–it’s really bringing people back.”
Leyda Molnar, manager of the mall, says the virtual reality studio brings something unique to the neighbourhood.
“We’re excited that they’re coming in here because it’s something new for this area.”