In Montreal, there are tons of things to do and discover. But sometimes,you want to do something completely out of the ordinary. I mean, there are only so many times you can go for a jog in a park or take shots at a bar, right?
Specializing in seriously legit virtual reality, this Queen Mary spot is the perfect place to go to with your friends when you're looking for something new and fun to do.
And when I say "seriously legit virtual reality", omg, do I ever mean it. This spot basically transports you into a whole other universe thanks to its state of the art, unique machines and super artistic, gorgeously modern virtual reality room.
To start, you can dive into two different virtual reality experiences.
They've got The Extreme, which combines their full emersion technology with a number of different scenarios, all with different levels of control.
For example, if you want to sit back and relax as you paraglide over the city, no problem. And if you want to get your heart rate up as you run away from vicious dinosaurs about to make you their dinner... well, no problem, too. There are tons of different scenarios to pick from, but all of them make you feel like you're actually, 100% in the game. It's crazy.
Then they've got The Apocalypse game, which, let me assure you from personal experience, is seriously fun... and seriously real.
You start off in their glass-walled room, put on the Oculus, hold on to your remotes (which are your "weapons" in the game), and prepare to kill some zombies!
Here's the thing, though. Since the virtual reality in VR Xtreme totally immerses you in their scenarios (seriously, no matter where you look, you're totally in this virtual world - you can even feel the wind on your face and hear the screams of the zombies!), you really do feel like you're a post-apocalyptic zombie killer. You really, honestly feel like the zombies are coming for you... It's intense, and so, so much fun!
Oh, and if you think you recognize the address, then you're right: VR Xtreme is a part of the Tir Du Soleil family, and in the same building! In fact, you can experience both the air shooting range, with real-life air rifles, and the scenarios at VR XTreme thanks to their Matrix packages.
They've got three different Matrix packages that all seamlessly blend reality with virtual reality, and all at different price points. With the Matrix 1 package, for example, you can shoot one air rifle with unlimited pellets for 30 minutes in real life, and then hop into the virtual world and pick any scenario in The Extreme, all for less than $15.
Or, if you want to dive in at full speed, their Matrix 3 package offers you 2 air gun rifles, 2 air gun pistols and unlimited pellets for 60 minutes in the real-life Tir Du Soleil, and 5 different scenarios in The Apocalypse at VR XTreme (so you can seriously hone your zombie survival skills!).
Honestly, the VR here is crazy real - and crazy fun! You're 100% immersed in a different world, and there's nothing else on this earth that's as awesome as that feeling.
This past week, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that hockey games in Montreal would allow 3,500 spectators indoors, up from the previous 2,500-person limit. However, that still pales in comparison to the 18,000 spectators filling the stands at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Even though the energy at the Bell Center was palpable, and the Habs clinched the win, the difference in ambiance was noticeable during last night's game — the first home game of the series.
In Vegas, the T-Mobile Arena was full for the first two games of the playoffs.
In Montreal, 15 sections were closed to the public and covered by tarps with advertisements.
No social distancing is required for games in Las Vegas, where the stands were full of Golden Knights fans in earlier games.
But in Montreal, the first few rows of the bleachers were vacant, and seats were sparsely filled due to social distancing requirements.
Masks also aren't required in Vegas but are required indoors in Montreal.
Although the atmosphere in the Bell Centre was less raucous than that of Las Vegas, it didn't stop the Montreal Canadiens from their Game 3 semi-final victory, thanks to Josh Anderson's winning goal in overtime.
Montreal is known for many things such as poutine, potholes, and problematic politicians but did you know it's also one of the video game capitals of the world? Some of the best minds in the industry live here, and you can join them with these amazing jobs in Montreal's video game industry.
If you already spend all your time playing video games, why not incorporate them into your day job?
"Montreal’s rich vein of creative talent will be a valuable asset," said Christoph Hartmann, vice president of Amazon Games, in a press release. "Our new Montreal studio shares our commitment to creating best-in-class online games, and brings with them a wealth of knowledge and passion for building deep, community-focused multiplayer experiences."
While Amazon might not be known for developing video games, the company has dipped its toes into the industry with projects such as the upcoming MMO New World and Pac-Man Live Studio.
With plenty of new, unannounced games in the works, Amazon says that "the Montreal studio expands [its] commitment to developing games that offer bold new play experiences and foster community inside and outside of the games themselves."