This year’s Tribeca VR Arcade features 22 VR/AR experiences, with immersive booths themselves themed IRL to the VR experience.
The VR Arcade features rows of fun themed VR booths. The high production value of the booths themselves is a nice reminder that your VR experience immersion starts in the room you put on your VR goggles, and continues when you put the VR goggles on.
A Drop in the Ocean
A Drop in the Ocean had the biggest and most impressive display, where you walk through a jellyfish inspired structure to do the VR. Put on goggles, and you dive underwater to experience the ocean from an entirely new perspective in this social VR adventure. You shrink to 2 inches tall, to ride jellyfish and encounter the mysteries of the deep—and team up to restore this natural wonderland. It will remind you of the Blu’s underwater adventure, but much more active.
Doctor Who: The Runway
Step inside the TARDIS with the Doctor in this beautiful, animated, interactive story from the Doctor Who team.
The Doctor Who booth also included a Doctor Who phone booth, terrific for photo opps! (BBC, UK, 13 minutes)
Step into a hut, put on VR goggles, and get immersed in visions triggered by a dose of ayahuasca. Journey through director Jan Kounen’s VR kaleidoscope as you travel on a spiritual voyage. Definitely in the VR trippy category. (France, 12 minutes.)
Unceded Territories is created by indigenous artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. You wear a Native American inspired VR goggle mask as you do the experience to be a part of the word. You interact in a landscape where you learn about colonialism, climate change and indigenous civil rights.
Ello is a sweet story about loneliness and friendship. When people expect friendship or love, proactively pursuing rather than passively waiting might lead to a surprising end. (Haodan Su, China, 16 minutes).
2nd Civil War
From the Tribeca site: “Civil War has broken out. In this voice-activated VR experience, you will drop into an insurgent hot zone, interrogate the inner circle, and decide: which side are you on?”
The Key lets you journey through memories where you must make difficult choices. Can you unlock the mystery behind the mysterious Key? (Iraq, 15 minutes).
Cave is a coming-of-age story told through cutting edge Parallux technology, featuring a fully immersive social holographic VR experience. The cave featured a campfire. (USA, 6 minutes).
From the Tribeca site: “An afternoon in June. Tokyo. 5 p.m. A girl jumps in front of the subway. Her soul rises from the rails. On the platform, the witnesses of the scene are in shock. It revived a trauma in them, painful memories they never overcame…” (France, 25 minutes.)
For details on the VR Arcade experiences, visit the Tribeca Immersive site.
The Tribeca VR Arcade also includes five Storyscape experiences, Tribeca’s in-competition Immersive section.
The Tribeca VR Arcade is one of two Tribeca Immersive programs. The other is the Cinema360 Dome, which features a dozen dome 360 content experiences.