Keeping It Real 

Bluff City Virtual Reality opened about two months ago. Guests can rent a room for $29 per half hour ($10 more for a full hour) to get a headset and play a virtual reality game. These are single-player, first-person games. They've got shooter games, which owner David Callahan describes as sort of like The Walking Dead, and a James Bond game where players solve a puzzle. There's an outer space experience and an underwater experience. You can fight fantasy creatures with a sword and shield or shoot a sci-fi bow and arrow. You can paint, or walk a plank on a skyscraper, or play a guitar using light sabers.

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  • Ready player fun

Callahan says the reaction to the games is across-the-board, "Oh, wow!" He notes that comparing virtual reality with your everyday TV game console is like comparing an '80s Nintendo to the modern-day Xbox.

Callahan recently introduced a Friday night Date Night. As one person plays the game, his date sits on a couch and can watch what the person is seeing on a TV screen. There is a gift basket involved. It contains bath bombs.

"It's like being inside a different world," says Callahan.

"It's 1,000-times better than you can believe," he says.

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