Hardcore gamers are used to long gameplay marathons, whether its going on a epic Skyrim adventure or online multiplayer action for countless hours. Today Ctrl V, a virtual reality (VR) arcade centre in Waterloo, Canada has announced a special 25-hour gaming marathon to raise funds for Extra Life, a non-profit organization that works with the Children’s Miracle Network.
Ctrl V uses the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) at its facility with titles including Space Pirate Trainer, The Brookhaven Experiment, and Job Simulator. For the event the company will have Google’s Tilt Brush for the first time, as Google doesn’t usually allow Tilt Brush for commercial use but has granted Ctrl V special permission to offer the videogame for the charity event.
The event will take place at Ctrl V’s Waterloo location at 170 Columbia St W, Suite #5, from 8:00am, 5th November to 8:00am 6th November 2016. Participants will donate $25 USD for 50 minutes of gameplay, with all proceeds going towards SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Up to 16 players can experience the various VR offerings at the same time, with prizes, giveaways and challenges also taking place.
General Manager Josh Brooks, a former patient of SickKids Hospital in Toronto, said “Participating in this event hits really close to home for me. I’m excited to see how much we can raise over the 25 hours. Beyond the charity aspect of the event, playing VR is just really fun! VR is still a young technology and still expensive for average consumers, so being able to provide a new affordable experience for people is why we do it.”
Ctrl V hopes to raise at least $10,000 to donate to SickKids Toronto and to set an unofficial world record for the most combined consecutive hours spent in VR in one room.
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