A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I spotted a post that caught my attention, a post about XcapeReality’s VR Gaming Center. Since they’re based in Port Harcourt, I contacted them to know if they’d let me have an experience of the V.R gaming and when my request was accepted you can guess how I felt.
Of course you know I’d never go on such adventures without any of you guys, so I decided to run a contest here and go to the VR center along with the winners.
XcapeReality’s VR Center is located at Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt. (Between Airforce Base and Boricamp).
The gate fee to access the park is N500.
I’d say my VR experience was both horrifying and exciting at the same time but it was definitely worth it and something that I’d love to play any day when I’m not blogging or in school.
The V.R games with the HTC Vive VR Headset has over 40 games with 3 different levels – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. If you aren’t bold enough and you end up playing one horror game called “The Destroyer”, you’d end up screaming.
(LOL not that you’d actually get that horrified though)
P.S – ” The Destroyer” is not the most horrifying game there. You’ll have to find the most horrifying game yourself as well. 😉.
Don’t get mad at me for not telling you everything, I know you’d definitely not like when someone tells you about a movie before you actually watched it. It’ll ruin the fun. I had fun so I’m gonna make sure I don’t ruin yours.
During game play I could actually hear one of the guys I went to XcapeReality with screaming during the VR Game.
The controls are pretty easy to learn and not to complex, each controller has a trigger below it for selecting the menu and performing different actions during game play. There’s also an exit button on the controller and two other buttons.
Apart from gaming with the VR Headset, you can also explore over 40 Cities in the world using Google Earth on the VR and have a taste of how it feels to actually be in those cities.
There’s also the VR Roller Coaster Simulator that puts you in a roller coaster ride in a horror filled VR world. There’s something about this Roller Coaster Ride that puts the horror on a totally different level. I’ll be honest, the VR game I played didn’t scare me as much as the roller coaster game scared me. For your safety there’s also a seat belt to keep you in check in case you go berserk. 😂 😂
I had to keep reminding myself it was just a game though it seemed very real. Of course you know I won’t drop spoilers here, so if you want to find out what really got me scared you can always go there. It’s open every day.
Now for the console gaming fans, there’s also a spot that’s dedicated for gaming on Play Station™ 4. Currently there’s FIFA 18 and PES 18 but I think they’re planning on adding more games there.
I ended up winning the two matches I played there with one of the winners.
2-1 and 4-1 (ended the second match at 51 minutes 😒.. Could have scored more)
The last game I checked there was the VR racing game that puts you in the driver’s seat. It actually simulates racing and it’s almost like you’re handling a real car, there’s a steering with buttons , a brake and a throttle. The only part I wish it actually had was a gear. To round it off, the game thought me 2 valuable lessons –
1. I’m a Bad Driver
2. I should definitely go to driving school soon, (besides I’m still 20 😎 )
There’s also the bike racing simulator but I couldn’t test that out because the parts were yet to be brought in but you can check the videos on XcapeReality’s page on IG @xcaperealityng.
For the price of playing each game kindly contact XcapeReality On WhatsApp – 0817 211 5000
Don’t forget to tell them you got the number from NaijaTechGuy.com. You might get a discount though.. 😉.
XcapeReality will also be hosting contests and events that come with different prizes for the winners very soon. Just keep an eye on this blog for updates concerning XcapeReality.
Mercedes Benz Accused Of Using Car Tracking Software On Their Cars
If you thought privacy issues end on social media then you might have to think again. Top Auto brand Mercedes Benz has been accused of using car tracking software to monitor drivers who use their cars.
The secret car tracking sensors, were all built into all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, to enable them pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.
Mercedes Benz Using Car Tracking Software
Mercedes has refused to say how long it has used the sensors and has insisted the sensors are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when certain customers have defaulted on payment.
However it has admitted to sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.
British Ex cabinet minister David Davis has called for extensive investigation into the matter.
According to Davis, “This is not the first time big business has behaved like Big Brother — but it’s rare to be quite as deceitful as this, I have to question whether it is even legal to pass on information to other people such as bailiffs. I would think the relevant minister ought to look very closely at the legality of this procedure.”
British Human Rights Group, Liberty said Mercedes’ actions were disturbing and part of the “creeping growth of surveillance”.
Legal experts have also raised concerns. According to a legal practitioner, “Modern technology means our ability to keep personal information private is under threat like never before.
“Organisations that handle personal data need to be completely upfront about what they are doing. That Mercedes appear not to have been so in this case is concerning. Its customers may start to worry about what other personal information the company may be gathering, then passing on.”
Personally, I have always said that privacy in the 21st Century is more or less an illusion. Just when you think all your data is secure, then it hits you. Mercedes isn’t the first to do this, however their rivals BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have all denied that they do similar tracking.
An investigation by The Sun months ago revealed that Amazon staff can listen to Alexa recordings of British couples rowing, discussing private family matters — and having sex.
Yes you read that line, having sex. I haven’t seen something as obnoxious and bizarre as listening to conversations and sex at the same time. I don’t know the perverted employees Amazon has employed but it’s not acceptable.
According To Mercedes Benz , the said sensors are not used to permanently track customers or access real time data. “When a customer chooses to finance the purchase of their car this way they sign a contract and agree to the location sensors in the car being activated in the event that they default or breach their agreement.
“This clause in the finance contract is in bold print, just above the customer’s signature.
“Locating the car is part of the repossession process and is not permanently tracking customers.
“It is only activated in exceptional circumstances where the customer has breached their finance agreement and repeatedly failed to reply to requests to contact us.”
Nevertheless, It’s actually good if you can track your car on your own terms and luckily I know a good car tracking service.
iTunes is going to be shut down officially
After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.
It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.
Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.
Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.
Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.
Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.
We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.