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Roam Around & Play in a Virtual Reality 80s Arcade: Coins in the Shell

by Lambert Varias
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You may have heard of The Internet Arcade, a collection of about 900 classic arcade games that you can play right in your web browser. If you’re looking for a more authentic arcade experience, check out Digital Cybercherries’ NewRetroArcade. It’s a virtual reality arcade that does a good job of capturing what arcades were like in the 80s, with a few modern touches here and there.

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Digital Cybercherries made NewRetroArcade to showcase the potential of the Oculus Rift. Using Unreal Engine 4, the group created a virtual arcade complete with memorabilia and music from the decade.

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Aside from arcade classics like Pac-Man and Street Fighter II, the arcade also has ports of Flappy Bird and Super Mario Bros., as well as a few Game Boy games that yes, are played on virtual Game Boys.

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The arcade also has other non-video game arcade staples, like a bowling alley, basketball machines and a dartboard set. You can also change the music by picking up tapes and inserting them in a boombox.

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Road to VR tested NewRetroAracade and uploaded footage of the interactive homage (may cause dizziness):

You can download NewRetroArcade for free from Digital Cybercherries’ website, though you do need an Oculus Rift to play it. It’s obviously not the optimal way to play any of these games but it’s still a great reminder of just how far virtual reality has come. If you want a similar launcher for your games and software without the need for a 3D headset, YouTuber Felipe Cueto says you should try out Anarchy Arcade.

[via Road to VR]

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