Customers will pay $30 per hour for use of VR, but many of the arcade games will be free to use by individuals. The arcade area may be rented for $100, plus $30 per person, for two hours; an hourlong VR experience is included there.
Orions’ third gaming aspect will develop after launch: 16 gaming PCs will be used for esports tournaments, with regular leagues on the horizon, too. The Milligans are planning on virtual reality esports competitions, too, which typically require greater physical exertion in addition to the mental aspect. “It’s more like an athlete inside a gaming sport,” Ken said.
The entertainment center’s food and drink is “not like a concession stand,” Ken said. Pocket Bombers, essentially overstuffed, baked wraps, will star on the menu in Buffalo chicken, pizza and Italian sausage varieties. Pizzas will be made from fresh dough and not par-baked. Tater tots, poutine, mozzarella sticks, pizza logs and onion rings round out the finger-food fare.
Orions has a full liquor license, too, with domestic bottles, local beers such as Big Ditch Hayburner and Ellicottville Blueberry on tap, and featured cocktails inspired by the gaming world. Yoshi allegedly gets his own cocktail.
The overarching goal for the Milligans is to offer a place where a typically pricey solo hobby – like VR gaming – is enhanced by a community aspect.
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