Enter a New World
Derezzed VR Brings Unique Virtual Reality Arcade to Noblesville
Photographer / Michael Durr
There’s a new arcade in Noblesville, and it’s probably not like any arcade you’ve ever been to.
Derezzed Virtual Reality on Town Center Boulevard offers more than 45 fully-immersive virtual reality games, virtual rides and car racing and off-site services for birthday parties, corporate events, festivals and more.
Owner Colin Snyder first conceived of the idea while studying exercise science and health promotion at Ball State University back in 2013, during which he became increasingly interested in technology and virtual reality products. He took a position as a fitness director after finishing his master’s degree, but the itch to immerse himself more fully in the virtual reality world wouldn’t go away, and he decided to launch his own unique arcade.
“A lot of the equipment at the time was pretty pricey and wasn’t affordable for the general public, but I knew that if you could get all the stuff together in one location, people would come to do it,” Snyder says. “I wanted to open the arcade and see if it could be a success.”
Snyder opened the doors to Derezzed (the name is a term from the sci-fi movie “Tron” that refers to the de-resolution of pixels on a screen) in February and says locals are embracing the concept so far.
“I had a better response opening up than I initially anticipated, and we’ve got repeat customers now and a ton of first-timers,” he says. “It’s a novel experience, and it’s not what a lot of people expect because immersing yourself in the environment makes you feel like you’re actually there.”
Derezzed offers room-scale virtual reality experiences with more than 45 virtual reality games — there’s 55 square feet in each gaming bay to move around in, complete with a wireless headset with hi-resolution imagery and fast tracking.
“We have escape rooms, zombie shooter games, puzzle games — there’s a wide variety and a bunch of different options for most ages,” Snyder says. “We’ve had four- and five-year-olds come in, as well as people who are 70 and 80. The coolest part is, if you have multiple people and link up in multiple bays, there are a bunch of multi-player, cooperative-style games that you can play together.”
Snyder offers a roller coaster simulator with haptic feedback devices on the bottom of the chairs that users sit in, resulting in a realistic roller coaster ride experience, and Derezzed’s racing simulator includes haptic feedback technology similar to the roller coaster experience.
“The VR racing has a full pedal set up and force-feedback gear shifting where it feels like you’re realistically racing a car with the perspective from the headset,” Snyder adds. “You feel the rumble of the engine and the vibrations as the haptic feedback device responds to the lower frequency of sound.”
Snyder says a task-based game called Job Simulator has been a kid favorite in his first few months of operation, and adults have enjoyed a range of his games.
“One of the more popular games is Arizona Sunshine, a realistic zombie shooter game that gets pretty intense, and there’s a game called Beat Saber that’s a rhythm-based game where you hit blocks to the rhythm of music — it’s kind of addicting and people love that one,” Snyder says.
Derezzed now also features a mobile division, and groups interested in offering his services for parties and team-building events can customize their event with particular games and virtual experiences.
Snyder is currently in talks with the Noblesville school system officials about offering education-based, virtual programming for students, to help kids at special events and in the classroom get a better grasp of concepts related to biology, chemistry and physiology.
“I think it will help students with their educational concepts to get a visual representation with VR because a lot of our content is educationally driven — you can dissect animals, learn how to code and things like that,” Snyder says.
Derezzed Virtual Reality is located at 13904 Town Center Boulevard in Noblesville. For more information and to make a reservation, call 317-774-5720 or visit derezzedvr.com. Reservations and walk-ins welcome.