What To Do at Nerd HQ
by Angelle Bonnecarrere (@angelle_renee)
Come one, come all, to The Nerd Machine’s Arcade! I will be honest that I am not a gamer. I’m terrible at games like Final Fantasy or anything that has a world I have to navigate in. I famously asked an ex-boyfriend if Call of Duty had a “sit down and cry” button because, “this guy keeps yelling at me to move and all I can see is the sky and I don’t know what to do!”
However, The Nerd Machine is after my old school arcade game heart with their set up of Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Centipede, Mortal Kombat 4, Tetris, Galaga and more. Each game is free and there’s never a line. I may have stayed at Mortal Kombat a little bit longer than I should have as the 10 year old waiting behind me sighed audibly.
I moved on to Ms. Pac-Man which is where I would still be if I hadn’t torn myself away to write about its awesomeness for all of you. When I was a kid, I had a handheld mini arcade Pac-Man and I would play that for hours on road trips to Disneyland with my parents. A little nostalgia and a Mortal Kombat body slam are sometimes all you need on a Saturday morning instead of coffee.
Of the many games TNM has on display there are two I highly recommend, the first is the neXersys system, which according to their brochure “combines cutting edge exercise equipment with high tech video gaming into one revolutionary machine.” Basically, you can box a robot AND work on your fitness. This is awesome for people like me who would like to learn to defend myself without hurting someone or getting a black eye. I went a few rounds and I have to say, maybe you don’t want to meet me in a dark alley. Why we would be in a dark alley? I don’t know. I guess I have to start hanging out in them now that I’m totally hardcore. Expect the neXersys to roll out sometime in 2014.
The second gaming system is the Omni. The Omni is the world’s first virtual reality treadmill that puts you right in the middle of the action and gives you a good workout as well. Their Kickstarter explains, “The Omni takes virtual reality to the next level— allowing anyone to stand up and traverse virtual worlds with the natural use of their own feet.” As I have terrible hand-eye coordination, using my body to move a character is much easier than relying on my hands to obey my brain and not look at the sky the whole time. Using the new Oculus Rift head mount technology, you are fully immersed in the game’s environment. The Omni mount is a circular base with a ring and harness that keep you secure as you run, jump, and crouch through the game. Their tracking software is integrated into the game so it is ready to play right out of the box and is compatible with Microsoft Kinect. The demo was awesome and I may have to save my dollars for this game. Their Kickstarter is up for another two days and they have already raised $1, 071,182 and have over 3,000 backers. Visit www.virtuix.com/kickstarter to find out more and keep an eye out for The Omni to hit the market soon.
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