The way we see it, VR is the next step in a process that started a long time ago: a process by which games first switched from analog to digital (becoming videogames) and then started striving for the highest possible immersiveness and fun. This process has always made use of the most cutting-edge technology, and VR is the largest leap we’ve had in recent times. Just like all past innovations in this field, however, it should not remain exclusive, and its huge potential should be fully tapped. The more people can access VR, the easier it will be to create a community around it and keep improving it. Hopefully one day we will not just be able to see a virtual world and interact with it using controllers, but just like we once felt the handles of our foosball tables and the carved grooves of every chess piece, we will feel every step, the shape of every object, the warmth of every virtual sun. Who knows, maybe even the hugs of our long-distance friends. All of this will only be possible if VR becomes part of our daily lives, however, and this is where our VRCafe comes in.
HOW IT HAPPENED
One warm day in the summer, our Final Bosses Dirk Kuiper and Sjouke op de Weegh were dozing under an apple tree in a field when a pair of VR headsets fell on their heads: all of a sudden, the dew-dotted grass was not around them anymore, the canals and the old buildings of Haarlem were out of sight and a whole new world extended before their eyes. It was a world of bright colours and infinite possibilities, where the rules of nature could be simulated for fun or outright ignored for an even crazier experience. After a stroll around this world which could have lasted minutes or long days, they emerged from it with an idea: “Eureka!” they exclaimed, as they decided to bring the fruit of that peculiar tree to the centre of the city and build the most welcoming café around it, making sure everyone else would be able, at will, to receive the gift they had stumbled upon. Whether you believe this story or not, the VRcafe now stands right there, in front of Haarlem station, still providing the most exciting and friendly VR experience for all its customers. Feel like joining, yet?
Many people around the world can only dream of affording the equipment required to play VR every day, but we still believe everyone should have access to such exciting, game-changing experiences. That is why we offer a wide range of VR games and activities at affordable prices. We also aim to create a community of friends and collaborators who are just as excited as we are about VR gaming, so we can organise events, share ideas, grow and keep playing together. For us, the first step in this journey was to have one cosy place where to gather and combine futuristic VR games with the familiarity of a café: drinks, snacks, comfort and friendly faces.