The Void: Secrets of the Empire (Trip Report)

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Nicole

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Last week @Zachary and I took a brief trip to Walk Disney World. While we were there we decided to try the (relatively) new attraction at Disney Springs, the Void. I thought we should attempt to be responsible Admins and actually post a trip report.

The bottom line is that even though I rarely get excited by virtual reality, and despite my indifference towards Star Wars in general (I’m more of a Harry Potter / Hitchhikers Guide girl), I really enjoyed the Void and would recommend trying it.

Rather than using the usual VR headsets, the Void straps each player into full vests and headgear, both of which were significantly more comfortable than anything I’ve tried on a coaster or at BfE. I am told the backpack contained a power pack and computer. Perhaps because of how the vest was designed, it didn’t feel heavy and in fact Ididn’t even notice the equipment. I had no problems with the headset either. It was comfortable, and focused easily.

We entered the game in teams of four, and had to work together to complete the mission. The communication among team members was a bit odd, and the movements were a bit disjointed. That said, everyone looked and appeared to move like Stormtroopers.

We were told not to run or in any other way act like anything other than real Stormtroopers. Ostensibly, such behavior would identify us as spies. Presumably, it was really because of constraints in the technology. Either way, the inability to duck and hide, when being fired upon was perhaps the most unrealistic element of the experience.

Despite the limitations the experience far exceeded my expectations. The physical and visual immersion were so effective, that I had to consciously remind myself that I was traveling through a game set. The walkways and platforms actually triggered my fear of ledges. We could feel the heat rising from the lava. We could touch the world around us. My vest even responded, when I was shot.

While most of the plot involves shooting Stormtroopers, there are also puzzles, and you move around the space a lot.

The Void was a lot of fun and incredibly well done. More importantly, it is the best VR experience I have ever had, and I strongly recommend it.
 

Nicole

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I suppose you support those intergalactic terrorists, who call themselves “the Rebel Alliance?”

I think almost all of the plots are simplistic (how many times are they going to blow up the Death Star?); and the characterizations are two dimensional. The love stories seem to have been written by a 15-year-old boy. (No planetary leader marries her stalker, after he massacres a village.)

In this game, I was reduced to the role of a common thief. Because this is Star Wars, however, that made me some kind of hero.
 
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"Hi. I'm Harry Potter a Jed... er, wizard. I continually break the rules, put people's lives in danger, and yet I am constantly rewarded with adulation and medals (stretched out over a brisk 8 films). I literally can do no wrong and even when I do (breaking into headmasters chambers, going into woods when explicitly told not to, etc.) it's for the best because I'm effectively above the law set in the formulaic world created for me."


... Also worth noting, I'm an Empire loyalist.
 

Nicole

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As a Ravenclaw, I’m not impressed with Harry’s self-indulgent antics. Neville should have killed Harry and revealed himself as the true Chosen One.

#TeamNeville
#LunaRocks

I’d love a Harry Potter Void experience.
 
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