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My First Real (and Embarrassing) Experience in Virtual Reality at VR Playin Toronto

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If you’ve never experienced virtual reality, you might have a completely different idea of what it is. Take me for example. I’ve put on a headset and looked around a 360° photo/video before. (I once “interacted” in a 360° video hosted by Stan Lee at TIFF which was kind of cool.) But that’s not real virtual reality. At least, not according to me. 

What I experienced at VR Playin Toronto was a completely different story: games.

I’ll admit, I was terrified at first. One of my biggest hangups with virtual reality is not knowing what’s going on around me in the real world. Especially in an arcade full of people! The first time I put on the headset and grabbed the controls, I had a mini panic attack. Like, ripping everything off and having the blood drain from my face kind of panic attack.  

Yes, it was embarrassing. But I got over it. 

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After a quick breath of fresh air outside (and a 2nd glass of wine) I was good to try again. Seriously guys, it really freaked me out at first. But you know I’m not one to let a little fear get in my way. So, on the headset went again and into the virtual world I travelled. This time to protect my castle from angry stickmen!

Once I got the hang of it, I had a lot of fun. I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to my next venture into virtual reality. And those who know me know that’s not something I’d usually say. 

But as the world advances, industries merge and what wouldn’t have normally gone together in the past is coming together in full force now. Think about fashion and virtual reality. Did you know that Dior created their very own headset? I mean, that was a while ago but still. Even Pharrell is singing about virtual reality now!

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So, in the end, I’d give VR Playin Toronto two virtual thumbs up. They’ve created a space that’s welcoming for beginners (and kids) and eases you into another world. They have 18 VR gaming stations and an extensive variety of games to choose from – no matter what your interest is.

Stations range from $29 to $39 per hour, depending on the time of day. You can even host an event there for up to 60 people! For more info on how to book, check out their site here.

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Thanks for having me to your grand opening, guys! I had a blast.

Melina Morry Signature - Fashion Blogger at The Lady-like Leopard

Ps. Head on over to my Instagram or Facebook to check out some videos of me in action at VR Playin Toronto! And also, I just launched my new Fashion Tech social media: VR in Vera Wang. Stay tuned for the blog coming soon and in the meantime follow me on Twitter and Instagram


Melina Morry is the author behind the blog The Lady-like Leopard. She has a journalism/fashion design degree and all that other boring stuff but most importantly she's a master of her own spots and is always hungry for more adventure. Melina works as a writer and fashion journalist all over the world. She's been spotted in New York, Paris, London, Sydney and Toronto - to name a few. She loves to be raw, fierce and a rare breed. Follow along with her on social media at @ladylikeleopard.

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