By Vera Koo, Women’s Outdoor News, Published April 7, 2020
Life with Carlos is an adventure, so much so that I often think I have lived 2 or 3 lifetimes compressed into one.
Throughout our 50 years of marriage, we have not had a dull moment. We raised a family. We started our own business. We participated in a variety of sports and activities – camping, snow skiing, horseback riding, windsurfing and waterskiing, plus my shooting and Carlos’ piloting.
Zombie Apocalypse Game
Our latest adventure came during a winter trip to Las Vegas with our family. Twelve of us made the trip. The highlight, for me, was a virtual reality zombie apocalypse game we played at MGM Grand. I played 3 times throughout our trip.
The 30-minute team game places you into a 2,000-square-foot arena in which you wield a plastic gun and use it to fend off zombies in a virtual reality experience.
I am a seasoned, action-pistol shooter who competed 21 years at the prestigious Bianchi Cup. So, you might think this game would be right up my alley. Hunting make-believe zombies should be nothing compared to hitting falling plates from 25 yards, right? Wrong.
I learned that my actual pistol shooting skills did not quickly translate to the world of a virtual reality video game.
The first time we played, 8 members of my family signed up. Carlos and I were probably the only ones who had never played a video game in our group. In fact, we had never even seen a zombie movie. We were clueless as to what to expect.
Taking on the Zombies
I entered the arena highly alert, ready for anything. For some reason, I got into a stance and mounted the gun as if I were shooting a shotgun – I have been practicing shotgun shooting lately – even though the gun I had in the arena was not a shotgun.