In the early 90s an ambitious project was launched to bring the next level of video game entertainment to the masses. Virtual Reality was the buzz-word and gaming was heading down a futuristic path with Virtuality. This arcade system, however, was soon doomed and quickly forgotten - but its legacy can be enjoyed once more at Revival this year.
Virtuality was a range of arcade systems that offered virtual reality gameplay as early as 1991. With two different systems available, gamers would either assume the position in the sit down pod, or find themselves ready for action in the stand up pod. Both of these units featured a headset and accompanying controller, with a small selection of next generation games up for grabs.
Despite the general public being rather impressed by this modern technology which was dotted around British arcades, Virtuality ultimately failed to make its mark on the gaming world. Disappointing sales in their software had led Virtuality down a grim path, leaving a huge - and still present - gap in the market for virtual reality action in video games.
Over the last few decades the surviving Virtuality machines out there have been finding their way into collectors hands. Although so few of these units remain in working order, one of these systems is set to make an appearance at the upcoming 2013 retro gaming event, Revival. Best of all, this system will be free for visitors to experience.
Virtuality in action
So if you haven't already secured your tickets for Revival, now might be the time. A once in a lifetime retro gaming opportunity has presented itself.
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