If you want to explore the ancient Inca city of Macchu Picchu high up in the Andes, you need time, money and not be afraid of long flights. What started in the 90s with large, chunky computer glasses and terribly rudimentary graphics has developed into a new big thing in terms of technology in recent years.
The first generation of the new VR glasses still had to struggle with some teething problems but was able to show one where the journey could go. With the latter, you want to get closer to your own target group in the Nordhausen youth clubhouse.
Welcome To The Virtual World
Five VR glasses of the next generation were procured with the support of the district and yesterday afternoon the VR Arena Nordhausen was started with the fresh technology. We want to find better access to young people again. You have to know what interests you and VR are at the top of the list, says Thomas Herwig, head of the district youth ring. On average, young people spend around 50 hours online today, so it makes sense to pick up where they stand.
And since VR technology is not available for pocket money, the clubhouse could certainly hit a nerve here. The offer of the arena includes various skill and reaction games, sporting implementations such as paragliding, archery, tennis, and even biking so you don’t really have to wear a real helmet to experience the fun of biking. But if you are biking in the real world, you will need one of those good helmets (read a few of our recent reports).
You can also have several so-called experiences such as the short experiences in virtual space like the aforementioned tour in the Andean highlands, a photo safari in the Antarctic or an animated flight with the Apollo 11 mission. The game is usually played and experienced alone, but there are also several multiplayer options in the arena’s portfolio. The excursion into virtual reality should be more than just a gimmick and a lure for curious young people.
In the clubhouse, media education content is planned around the VR offerings, which not only familiarize the audience with the technology but also with their opportunities and problems. In addition to the glasses, a 360-degree camera has been purchased, with which the young people can experiment and create their own virtual content. The technology will also be made available to other organizations and associations. At least once a week, the VR-Arena should open, the idea is well received, maybe more often.
Friends of digital entertainment can definitely look forward to what’s coming up.
If it all sounds too detached, you may want to take a look outside the box. Incidentally, the current FIFA Soccer world champion is called Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous, comes from Germany, plays for SV Werder Bremen’s eSports department and was awarded prize money of around 225,000 euros in August. In this respect, the step into the digital environment of the younger generation for an institution like the youth clubhouse is perhaps almost overdue. The experiment must now show whether the youngsters can be enticed with the virtual reality from the street and from their own four walls.