Saturday, November 11th is Raw Data Player versus Player day and we’re celebrating by giving away official Raw Data merch like tee shirts, comics, and other branded goodies. Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned player, you won’t want to miss experiencing all the new features, including Player versus Player mode.   For…

Kids can explore new worlds, slay fruit or battle their friends in dodgeball at Ballard’s new Portal Virtual Reality Arcade BY NAOMI TOMKY Sep 13, 2017 Charlotte Harader tries her hand at a virtual reality game in Ballard. PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON   With dark décor and booth-lined walls, Ballard’s new Portal Virtual Reality Arcade looks…

Originally published May 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm Updated May 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm At Portal in Ballard, co-founder Tim Harader helps virtual-reality gamer Marie Delestrade handle what looks to be a 500-foot drop off a plank suspended above a cityscape, but she’s really only 4 inches off the ground. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)…

Michael King, King 5, Seattle   Sure Ballard is known for its Scandinavians. But now you’ll find Ninjas, Mummies and Aliens there too! And they’re all in one room at brand-new Portal Virtual Reality Arcade and Lounge. One of just a handful in the world, the V-R arcade offers 10 padded booths where gamers can…

by CHARLES SINGLETARY • APRIL 14TH, 2017 The best way to get someone to understand VR’s potential is to get them under a headset. Virtual reality can elicit powerful responses but is definitely a difficult experience to describe. Expos, conventions, in-store displays, and the like are bridges to the curious but still not quite a full-proof means to…

Just opened in Ballard, Portal aims to make VR a social, and family-friendly, event BY NANCY SCHATZ ALTON, PUBLISHED ON: APRIL 01, 2017     Outside the March rain fell, but inside this room I stood atop Vesper Peak, Washington. I looked up at the sun while marveling that I couldn’t fall off my cliff perch into the glacier-fed lake…