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Let the Games Begin

A veritable cornucopia of arcade options and sensory overload await players at Cinergy, including basketball, pinball, skee-ball, shooting games, XD rides, virtual reality Hologate, and more.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
January 28, 2020

“Shall we play a game?”

That’s not just a famous line from an ‘80s classic movie that you may remember if you’re old enough. It’s also a perfect question to ask when you’ve got a few hours of free time. To enjoy a communal gaming experience, it’s time to head to Cinergy and tackle their superbly fun arcade gaming floor. You’ll be impressed with the number and style of games available to players of all ages.

“We have about 100 games on the floor, and they are the newest games out there,” says Aaron Latus, general manager and a huge fan, by his admission, of all things gaming. “I’m a big kid. I love this stuff. This is what I live for. When I got this job, this is what I love to do in my downtime. So now I get to do it all the time.”

Latus and his fun-loving staff enjoy bringing their passion for games to everyone who walks in the door. They do so with top-notch service, a pristine gaming environment, and lots of new play action that guarantees nothing gets old. “We stay vibrant,” says Latus. “When we see that a game is no longer viable, it’s too old, or it’s not the great thing out there that people want to play, then we’re quick to replace it.”

As a result of this ever-changing gaming landscape, Cinergy attracts loyal repeat players who enjoy knowing they’re going to be exposed to the hottest new games rather than just the stale usuals. The arcade area is as bright and glitzy and full of bells and whistles as you’d expect, but it’s also impressively neat, clean, and inviting. There’s a great variety of options, from basketball, pinball and skee-ball to shooting games and driving and more.

Beyond what you’d expect from an arcade, Cinergy provides two additional gaming opportunities that are extremely popular, immersive, and quite frankly addicting — the XD Dark Ride, and the Hologate. Both are worth playing.

To enjoy a communal gaming experience, it’s time to head to Cinergy and tackle their superbly fun arcade gaming floor. You’ll be impressed with the number and style of games available to players of all ages. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
To enjoy a communal gaming experience, it’s time to head to Cinergy and tackle their superbly fun arcade gaming floor. You’ll be impressed with the number and style of games available to players of all ages. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

XD rides are not exactly new, but they are cool. And Cinergy has the latest model, with features that are unique and entertaining. “We’ve got the XD Dark Ride, which is just incredible,” says Latus. “The XD Dark Ride is the newest one out there, the latest model, which is very different from the older XD machines.”

If you’ve tried an XD ride before, you’ll know that the older models are designed to mimic the feel of a roller coaster, with seats that bump and move in front of a screen projecting 4D graphics. The XD Dark Ride that Cinergy has ramps all that up on steroids for maximum fun. The XD Dark Ride has eight seats, cordoned off by a black curtain that closes once the ride begins for maximum effect. And it is one intense ride.

“You’ve got the 4D graphics, and now they’ve got guns, and you’re shooting at everything that comes at you,” says Latus. “You’re not just holding on for your life; you’re also shooting as you’re holding on for dear life.”

Right now, Cinergy offers four game options on the XD Dark Ride — a zombie chase, werewolves, killer clowns, and a pirate ship. “You’ll hear it on a Saturday night, people screaming and laughing,” says Latus. “It’s the people playing the game. And they’ll get right back in line.”

The other cool game you can’t find elsewhere in Tulsa is the Hologate, a virtual reality (VR) game experience that levels up the entertainment to impressively immersive proportions. “VR is becoming the newest and hottest thing out there,” says Latus. “Everybody is getting to do things that maybe you once had to take a vacation for, and now you can do this in virtual reality worlds. You have the safety of it with everything that’s there at your fingertips.”

Cinergy’s Hologate includes several different playing scenarios, including zombies (of course), rock star playing, solo and team play, and more. In addition to the typical VR headsets you’ll find at other gaming places, the Hologate comes with vests that create the sensation of being struck or shot, increasing the game’s sense of full immersion.

If needed, staff members can guide you through the game by speaking into your headset. But honestly, once you get the sense of how to lock and load with the gaming gear, you’ll be so drawn in, you’ll forget everything but the game itself. You’ll have the sensation of creatures running at you, grabbing for you, menacing you from all angles. It’s a definite rush.

“People completely forget they’re playing a game at Cinergy because they’re so engrossed in the world that they’re now seeing,” says Latus.

Once you’re done playing, you can hustle all the points you just won over to Cinergy’s generous and impressive redemption area. “The cool thing about our redemption area is that our games pay out. We want people to win. We want people walking around with our stuff,” says Latus. And it’s not just easy to win; it’s exhilarating too because the prizes are fantastic.

“We have prizes for adults through teenagers to the young kids,” says Latus. “We have Coach purses, Coach wallets, and Apple tablets. We make sure it’s the latest series. We’ve got Apple watches. We’ve got PlayStation 4s, Xbox Ones, drones, Nerf guns, and all this other cool stuff. And it goes all the way down to the little stuff that you’re going to be picking up after your kid every day. We have prizes for all ages, and that’s what’s cool.”

You can redeem those points as soon as you earn them, or you can hold on to them until you’re ready to spend them, which is a popular option.

All in all, Cinergy’s games, movies, and more are bringing a fresh infusion of life into the Woodland Hills area. “This area has been a dead corner for a while. Now it’s being rejuvenated,” says Latus. “Even the people within the shopping complex here have said they’ve gotten a lot of business from us drawing in business. People are starting to realize we’re here.”

LOCATOR
Cinergy
6808 S. Memorial Dr., Ste. 300 | Tulsa
918-894-6888
cinergy.com/locations/tulsa
Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.