Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a first-of-its-kind location based multi-sensory interactive adventure that takes place in a galaxy far, far away. The new virtual reality (VR) experience is now open at the Grand Canal Shoppes inside the Venetian. Tickets are on sale now, beginning with a 10 am showing.
 
Using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology, The VOID will transport guests deep into the Star Wars universe where they can walk freely untethered, see, touch and interact with the environment. The feelings are so real that participants will feel the turbulence of the skiff below their feet, withstand the impact of blaster bolts, and smell the smoke as they approach the fiery planet Mustafar.
 
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a socially interactive journey that blends the physical with the virtual world. Under the orders of the rebellion, teams of four guests must work together to infiltrate an Imperial base disguised as stormtroopers where they’ll navigate through to steal critical intelligence with help from familiar Star Wars characters along the way.
 
The trailer offers sheds light on the experience:
 

 
Cliff Plumer, chief executive officer at The VOID said, “Las Vegas is the experience capital of the world, and we are excited to bring a brand new, fully immersive location-based experience to the local market and out of town visitors. The power of The VOID will allow guests to step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and not only see this spectacular world, but also hear, feel, touch and even smell as they realize they are a part of this incredible story.”
 
Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge at ILMxLAB added that “Storytelling has always been the centerpiece of the Lucasfilm companies. While creativity leads, technology enables and our collaboration with The VOID is no exception. With Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire we are telling a new kind of story in a galaxy far, far away and we’re excited that people in Las Vegas can now share in this immersive adventure.”
 
Virtual Reality For Money (Kinda) At The Orleans
The Orleans Hotel recently opened a virtual reality skills contest area called “Virtual Zone.” The Virtual Zone is IGT’s virtual reality platform for casinos and enables players to compete in VR tournaments and enjoy competitive VR games. This is IGT’s first casino installation of the virtual reality entertainment offering.
 
The Virtual Zone offers two feature tournament-compatible archery games, SiegeVR and ArcheryVR. Both games are competition-driven virtual reality experiences that use HTC Vive VR technology to transport players to a competitive virtual world where they engage in a bow-and-arrow battle to defend a castle from oncoming aggressors. Player scoring is based on the number of targets hit.
 
Virtual Reality tournaments for money in a casino sound like fun but there’s a catch. The money is semi-virtual. Two-person teams can compete in Siege VR tournaments for $30 per team and the top daily team score wins $300 in Slot Dollars – not real dollars. Individuals can compete in Archery VR tournaments for $10 per person, and daily top scorers can win up to $125 in Slot Dollars. Entry fees are cash only and participants must be B Connected members to play.
 
Slot dollars can be played through video poker and slot machine games. Once played through a machine, the winnings could actually turn out to be much bigger than the slot dollar amount if the player hits a big hand or jackpot. Likewise, that money could turn into nothing if the player runs into a cold machine.
 
New ways to be entertained in a casino are always fun whether it’s a game for fun or a contest prize. Virtual Zone games can be played Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 

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