MANILA -- City of Dreams Manila opens on Sunday The Garage, a first-of-its-kind concept in the Philippines, which is part high-end food park and part virtual-reality arcade that has something for kids of all ages.
Originally City of Dreams Manila only wanted to open a food park. But when chief operating officer Kevin Benning presented this idea to his principals, they suggested he take a trip to Japan to visit VR Zone. He was so impressed with the experience that the hybrid concept of The Garage, located at the upper ground floor of the complex's parking building across Dreamplay, was immediately born.
THE VR ZONE
At the entrance of The Garage is the virtual reality playground by Japanese toy and videogame giant Bandai Namco. Bandai, best known for the Gundam robots, and Namco, makers of such videogame icons as Pac-Man and Galaga, have brought their tech savvy into building next-generation arcade experiences.
The VR Zone at The Garage is a top-notch experience at the level of other installations around the world, most notably the one in Shinjuku in Tokyo.
There are virtually no screens in the arcade. Instead, players don VR helmets that follow head movement. The screen displays what players see as if they were looking around in the real world.