Virtual Reality Gets Real at this Brooklyn Arcade

Remember Ataris, Nintendos and PlayStation? YokeyPokey is taking video gaming to the next level by bringing virtual reality to Downtown Brooklyn.

The arcade, which opened its doors in 2017, allows guests to explore computer-simulated 3D worlds with the help of a headset, headphones and gloves fitted with sensors.

“My wife and I had the opportunity to try VR a while back,” said Ben, who owns and operates YokeyPokey with his wife Marina. “We were super into technology and education as it was, and we were completely mind-blown by the experience.”

he VR club provides such “mind-blowing” experiences through games and simulations ranging from Fruit Ninja to Google Earth, racing cars to shooting down space aliens. Other VR experiences allow guests to imagine they are at an office job, climb walls navigate the city jungle as Spiderman or fight off a zombie apocalypse. Additionally, YokeyPokey features a sizeable library of 360-degree videos, immersive short films that take the viewers to another location.

But to Ben and Marina, VR can be more than “just” entertainment.

“When we first opened up, we saw YokeyPokey as more of a place for parties, events and kids, but since then we’ve incorporated more and more education into the mix,” Ben said.