The Vidette – 11/11/2018 Mass VR, a company originating out of Schiller Park, is expanding their reach to Bloomington. Johnette Palumbo and Kim Jackson are renovating the San Juan Pool and Spas at 4 Currency Drive into the new VR arena. The renovation will also include a snack bar that serves alcohol, adult video gaming and TVs displaying the latest sports programs. Palumbo and Jackson did not return comment to The Vidette but Jackson told the Pantagraph that the experience that Mass VR offers is almost indescribable. View The Rest Of The Article Here
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ABC: HEART OF ILLINOIS – 2/3/19 The future of video gaming is now in Bloomington: Virtual reality, a three-dimensional simulation that puts you in the game. Mass VR, a virtual reality entertainment center that allows for multi player gaming, has opened its doors at 4 Currency Drive in Bloomington. Whether you are in one of their simulators or free roaming in their 4,50 square-foot roaming arena, you become the game. Players wear goggles to see the virtual world and can play solo or against friends. The two women who brought this virtual world to Central Illinois partnered with a Chicago based company to make it a reality. “We have the only model within Illinois or even the Midwest,” Co-owner Johnette Palumbo said. Updates will be a regular occurrence for the center.
CIPROUD.COM – 2/21/2019 Bloomington, Il – There’s a new power player in Bloomington’s gaming world. “You know it’s not where you’re just sitting in front of the computer,” said Johnnette Palumbo. “Now you’re in a virtual reality world.” Palumbo and her team are bringing the innovative and interactive concept of virtual reality to life with her new business, MassVR. In the space you’ll find single and multi-player gaming simulators, along with a 4,000 sq. ft., free-roaming VR arena. Palumbo says she and her husband came up with the multi-part business idea after a visit to a similar VR arena in Chicago. “So I started researching and researching and there’s no where in the United States that has simulators like this except for Universal Studios and I was not going to
THE PANTAGRAPH – 11/1/2018 BLOOMINGTON — When Johnette Palumbo and Kim Jackson enter their new business in south Bloomington, they don’t see a concrete warehouse covered in blue tape. They see a gateway into new worlds. “Until you’ve experienced the arena itself, even if you’ve played in (virtual reality) at home, it’s just completely different. It’s an amazing product,” said Jackson, a Bloomington real estate agent. “Your brain thinks that you’re in this different world. You just can’t even explain it.” View The Entire Article Here