These days, the ways in which we entertain ourselves seem to be getting more and more passive all the time. Most of the time, we’re merely sitting down and observing. Whether it’s in front the of television, sitting in a movie theatre or browsing the Internet on the go, we’re usually just consuming.
How do we tackle this? It seems the only way to do it at the moment is to simply get out there. We have to find more active entertainment, something that makes our blood pump and really draws us in. Entertainment that puts us right in the middle of it all.
Here are some suggestions for more visceral entertainment!
Okay, so this is still just playing a video game, technically. Still, there’s definitely something to be said for a way of playing that makes us feel like we’re right inside the game world. Some of the interactive environments found in virtual reality headsets are truly stunning. And this is from someone who was quite skeptical about the whole thing when he tried it a few years ago!
What VR is capable of is only going to grow. These headsets are pretty expensive at the moment, but they’ll drop in price eventually.
This one is more of a classic than virtual reality. Shockingly, I still know plenty of people who have never been paintballing. Oddly enough, they’re mostly the kind of people that this thing should appeal to! (Namely, the kind of people who are sitting at home playing team-based shooting games!)
There’s nothing quite like a well-designed paintballing venue. You can play regular paintball battles or games like capture the flag. You usually play a whole variety with each booking!
Yeah, you read that right. Sure, there are plenty of driving experiences out there. You can speed around a professional course in a sports car, or you can take to the seas in a speedboat. But can those really compare to tank driving experiences? Imagine being able to tell your friends that you actually drove a tank this weekend.
When people think of tanks, they usually only think about the massive models seen in WW2 footage. But there are actually a wide variety of tanks you can try, including smaller, speedy ones.
This will probably be the strangest suggestion I’ll put on this list, but bear with me. Immersive theatre – sometimes called promenade theater – puts you right in the thick of the action. Basically, the production will play out with several characters across several floors of a building. They’ll all following several threads within the same overarching storyline. The audience, wearing masks, will wander around and follow whatever characters or parts of the story interests them most.
If it sounds strange… it’s because it is! The most famous West End production of this type was called The Drowned Man, though its run ended recently. If you’re ever in New York City, though, you can see a similar production called Sleep No More. Having seen both shows myself, I can tell you that it’s just like stepping into a David Lynch film. That may appeal to some more than it does to others!