VR & AR: The Next Evolution of Games

08/03/2022 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST

3 hours

  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage
Event Start Date:
June 17, 2024
Event End Date:
June 17, 2024
Event Venue:

Evolution and games go hand in hand, when our bellies are full and we feel a sense of safety, we seek out entertainment. August 3rd we look at The Next Evolution of Games through Augmented and Virtual Realities.

Whether you are a cooperative or player versus player, first or third person, board or video gamer, the market for game entertainment has snowballed with no sign of slowing down. We have long surpassed an Oregon Trail or Monopoly era. New-age gamers have even reached their prime and are re-designing old games that they grew up loving – cue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. We have seen a variety of remakes and can only imagine what will be next, especially when considering the emerging games in virtual and augmented reality. We have seen the Pokemon Go craze, having strangers all over the world unite in their physical world ‘hunting’ (gathering) and more and more virtual reality games are expanding their capacity for multiplayer. We are seeing mixed reality games turning board games on their head or a fun collaboration of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. For those of us who game – any darn type of game – we are here for the ride!

Join us August 3rd 6pm CDT to learn from those on the cuff of The Next Evolution of Games.

Physical & Virtual Venues: 

1871 | 222 W Merchandise Mart Plz | Suite 1212

For our Physical Venue, 1871 can be found in Suite 1212 on the 12th floor of theMART, which is located on the North side of the river between Wells and Orleans. For easy access, enter through the Orleans entrance on the west side of theMART and take those elevators to the 12th floor. All guests will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID to enter. 

Virbela | Virtual Environment | virbela.com/download

For our Virtual Venue, we will be using Virbela‘s Open Campus to host the program. We suggest that you download, set-up, get familiar with the Virbela program and environment prior to the program, as we will be unable to provide support during the event.

The virtual environment resembles a physical space, so you will be able to talk with other attendees during open networking both before and after the presentations. The sound is spatialized, so if at any point it feels too loud, feel free to move your conversation to another part of the room where there are less people.

Live Stream | facebook.com/VRARChicago/live_videos

People can join by watching the scheduled live stream where we will field questions from!

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What’s the Format:

We begin with informal networking and then start the stage portion promptly at 6:15pm CDT. There will be a handful of presentations before we move on to answer audience questions and then finish with more networking. We keep it simple and informal – this MeetUp is about you, our members, and not the host or presenters. Come and get your questions answered, take your next step into immersive technology.

  • 5:30-6:00 PM Technology Demonstrations & Networking
  • 6:15-6:30 PM Introductions & Welcome Message
  • 6:30-7:10 PM Panelist Presentations
  • 7:10-8:00 PM Panel Discussion with Q&A
  • 8:00-8:30 PM More Networking & Technology Demos