The game center opens in Sacramento, offering video and VR games.

At Bounty XP, a hobby store and game center in South Sacramento, collectibles and playing cards line the shelves in one corner. Black belt candlesticks surround two wall mounted TV screens for PlayStation Virtual Reality.

Customers can enjoy a wide range of services ranging from all-day board game rentals to Nintendo franchise classics like the Super Smash Bros. Admission ranges from $ 5 an hour for video games to $ 25 for overnight passes which include on-site food and drink.

“We founded this play center to create a space where people can go without spending too much,” said Tommy Le, co-owner of the store. “Having the games in one place makes it a unified experience. “

The Bounty XP Game Center launched its pre-opening a week ago, welcoming the community for two weeks of free play time. It celebrated its grand opening on Sunday with prizes and raffle tickets.

“We know there are other people like us who play these games,” Le said. “It’s mostly people who stay together. We wanted to create a social space where people can share their hobbies and interests.

By opening up the game center, Le hopes to provide a gathering place for anime fans and video game enthusiasts, a community, he said, that lacks spaces to connect around the love of pop culture.

With the constant rise of virtual reality games, Bounty XP is now one of the many sites in Sacramento that offer virtual reality experiences. At Zion Virtual Reality, users enter large individual booths to play over 80 different games.

The experiment draws a wide range of demographics, according to owner Sean Le, from 10-year-olds at birthday parties to seniors who want to try and “fly over” open spaces on Google Earth VR.

“Virtual reality makes people feel like they’re in the environment they’re playing in,” he said.

But for new users, Bounty XP’s Tommy Le says the experience can seem daunting.

“A lot of people don’t know what to expect in virtual reality,” he said. “It’s been around for a while, but the price of admission is what keeps people from trying it.”

By offering a relatively affordable option – a PlayStation headset rather than high-end personal computer systems – he hopes more people will be inclined to try VR.

Joemar Ganal, 27, a resident of South Sacramento, says he’s happy that a hobby store like Bounty XP has opened so close to his home.

In his spare time, he builds Gundam models, or plastic robot figures from the ’90s Japanese mega-franchise, Gundam.

“Everyone loves video games here,” he said. “There is a lot of space to play games and choose what you want to do: relax, go out or meet new people. “

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