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New virtual reality arcade caters to children with special needs

6/21/2018 - A virtual reality arcade is opening at the Mall at Greece Ridge just in time for summer break. When you put on a headset, you can travel almost anywhere in the world. Virtual reality isn't the future anymore -- it's the now! And thanks to the Virtuosity Virtual Reality Arcade, you can experience it yourself. For just 50 cents a minute, you can access every game in the virtual reality library. The arcade welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Kids with limitations who may not be able to go on a real rollercoaster can experience it at the arcade. They can also conquer fears of flying on planes and even travel to different countries. New virtual reality arcade caters to children with special needs Virtuosity is the only woman and minority-owned virtual reality arcade in the area. Owner Lori Thomas hopes to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and encourage them to get into developing the games instead of just playing them. "I want to give our children -- all children -- the opportunity to lean into their gifts and talents and become the developers and graphic artists that are needed for developing games, the mathematicians that are needed, the computer programmers that are needed, the musicians that are needed," Thomas says. "All of these things go into game development. It's not just a one-man show. It's a team effort." Virtuosity Virtual Reality Arcade opens today -- June 21 -- at the Mall at Greece Ridge.

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