Golden-gloved gamers: VR boxing game created by Tulsan releases Christmas day –

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Updated: December 3, 2022 @ 2:11 am
Luis Ramirez Mendoza wears a pair of Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality goggles to play Golden Gloves VR.

Luis Ramirez Mendoza wears a pair of Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality goggles to play Golden Gloves VR.
As a tech enthusiast, Aaron Sloan, owner of Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Gym, 316 E. 11th St., has been following the growth of virtual reality in the fitness and gaming industries for years. 
Equipped with a pair of Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality goggles, Sloan worked his way through all the VR boxing games currently on the market. With an entrepreneurial spirit and decades of experience as a boxing coach, he believed he could create something better and established Engine Room VR in fall 2021, hiring four young game developers and moving them to Tulsa, where they share a workspace with his gym. One year later, “Golden Gloves VR” is ready to hit the market, with an official release through the Oculus online store on Christmas day. 
“We’ve really focused on the physics inside the gym. All of our equipment works like real world equipment. The speed bag, double-end bag and heavy bag — all of the equipment — works like a real gym experience,” Sloan says.
Players can hone their basic skills in the virtual gym before facing opponents in venues that range in prestige from a high school gymnasium to a Vegas-style arena. The game’s “career mode” allows players to face increasingly difficult competition as they advance toward a title belt. Plans are in the works for a two-player option, as well as an eventual eSports component. 
“There’s a lot of focus and financial support going into the tech community in Tulsa to try to build it up,” he says. “We’re excited to be a part of that.” 
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