How Modern Round Enhanced My Respect for Police Officers

Modern Round Live Action Police Scenarios

One night at Modern Round enhanced my respect for police officers

Let me start by stating that I have always had respect for the police and, while I consider myself to be a law-abiding citizen, my heavy foot has led me to more encounters with the highway patrol than I would have liked. Even then, I knew the infractions were my fault, so I always engaged the citing officer politely. I have also seen the news, especially of late, with all the horrible attacks on police officers. I know that it can’t be easy to be in law enforcement.

What I never realized was the stress of the split-second decisions and the instant reactions officers must make in tense situations. In the blink of an eye, police officers must take the correct action or, in some cases, inaction. The wrong choice can leave them, or innocent people, injured or dead, as well as let dangerous criminals remain at large.

I recently had the opportunity to experience a small dose of what those brave men and women go through daily.

Trying my hand at it

It happened when I visited Modern Round – a virtual shooting range and sports bar. My friends and I were set up in a shooting lounge which consisted of a comfortable couch, a table for our drinks and food, a large screen, and a metal briefcase that contained our replica firearms. We took turns using the colt pistol replicas and the AR rifle replicas. After spending some time playing the various games which included modern combat games, target games, reworkings of classic video games, and even a trivia game, I decided to try my hand at some of the live-action police training scenarios. Unlike the previous games which were all generated with computer graphics, these sessions were recorded with live actors. The tricky part is that any given scenario has several pre-recorded outcomes. For example, in one potential robbery video, the suspect may reach for a crowbar or gun to attack you, and it can come from different places, too. But here’s the real catch, the suspect might also be merely reaching for a cell phone. As the player, you have less than a second to decide to shoot. Have you defended yourself and stopped a dangerous criminal or have you just put a bullet into an innocent person? To add even more realism, the actors act how an agitated person might behave if approached by the police. There is a lot of fidgeting, pacing, and the use of some really salty language. All of this built the tension, as I expected the actor to do something life-threatening. In the beginning, I tried hard to respect the rights of the innocent and not make a move until the suspect drew a weapon.

Modern Round live action scenario
Actual screen shot from a Modern Round live action scenario. Could you stop the bad guy?
Could I survive the mean streets of Modern Round?

I found that I was getting shot more than I was stopping the criminal. That was the case even with my replica firearm pointed at the actor on the screen the whole time. Then, not wanting to “die,” I tried to be quicker on the trigger. Although I was not shot, I ended up harming unarmed suspects. Each new scenario increased my heart rate and the amount of sweat forming on my forehead. I could not believe I was having this kind of reaction, even though I knew that this was only a simulation. It was hard to imagine the kind of stress law enforcement officers face everyday out on the streets. They really must make life and death decisions in less than a second.

Using the live action scenarios at Modern Round
Just one more live action scenario and then I need to enjoy the great food and beverages that Modern Round offers.
I needed a cold drink after that

There were some great things at Modern Round – awesome cocktails, delicious food, and ridiculously fun interactive games. However, the most important thing I had that night – and still carry with me – is a renewed appreciation for the men and women of our police.

You think you’re lucky?

How do you think you would perform in the live action scenarios? Reserve your shooting lounge and find out today.

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It’s Not Too Early to Plan Your Office Holiday Party

Make Your Office Party One to Remember

Christmas in July?

The temperature is over 100 degrees, the kids are off at camp, and you’re about to relax in the pool.  Then a terrifying thought enters your head – You have less than five months to plan your office holiday party!

Whether last year’s event was a success or a flop, you know that the expectation is that this year’s office holiday party will be better than the last. Everyone is counting on you to find something that is fun, unique, and can effectively cater to all your co-workers. Finding yet another restaurant simply will not do.

A Unique Venue

Let Modern Round help make your decision easy. Modern Round is an entertainment concept centered around a one-of-a-kind, safe, virtual shooting and dining experience. Utilizing technology-based replica firearms, guests can interact with an array of video games and challenging scenarios. Modern Round appeals to a very broad customer base.  Male and female entertainment seekers of all ages – regardless of their shooting skills – love Modern Round. This also includes date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and corporate events. Games include modern combat, zombie apocalypse, and secret agent scenarios. There are also new twists on classic video games like duck hunting and video hockey, as well as re-imagined versions of darts and trivia games.

Not Just Games

Guests can savor a broad menu of chef-inspired food, from imaginative “shareables”​ to seasonal favorites. The chefs expertly put regional and personal spins on many classic dishes. Modern Round is sure to satisfy your employees whether they are casual diners or those looking for an exciting culinary experience.

Modern Round offers special food, beverage, and shooting options for events

The Modern Round bar is always stocked and loaded. From mojitos to martinis, they offer a large selection of hand-crafted cocktails, fine wines, and the coldest draft beers in town. Modern Round boast that they pour their draft beer at a chilly 29 degrees. This is perfectly refreshing after working up a sweat shooting zombies.

Modern Round is a perfect venue for your next event or party

We Will Make It Party to Remember

The staff at Modern Round is well-seasoned in catering to corporate events and parties. They will ensure that your co-workers enjoy their one-of-kind experience. So, if you want a top-notch holiday party that will be the talk of the office for years, contact the Modern Round event coordinator today.

Start planning your party now!

For questions about parties and events,
please contact our Events team.

 

 

Don’t Watch the Action Hero – Have Fun Being the Action Hero

3 Best Places in Phoenix for Interactive Fun

3 Best Places in Phoenix for Interactive Fun

Summer is the time for big Hollywood blockbuster action movies. The theater provides not only an escape from the season’s brutal heat, but from the reality of everyday, normal life. However, although the content of a film may be intellectually or emotionally moving, you are still sitting still for two to three hours or more. You’re glued to the seat as the hero chases down the villain, avoiding gunfire and rockets from hired goons, and eventually wins the day. But, what if it was you who was doing the action? Here are 3 of the best places in The Valley that will put you in the middle of the action – and the interactive Phoenix fun!

Commemorative Air Force
Mesa, AZ l https://www.azcaf.org/plane/pt-17-stearman/

3 Best Places in Phoenix for Interactive Fun

While over 80% of American adults have been in a plane, how many have experienced the thrill of soaring through the skies in an old warbird? Now you can feel like a flying ace from the air battles of yesteryear by spending some time with the Commemorative Air Force in Arizona. You can go up in the air in large, World War II-era bombers like the B-25 Mitchell (of the famous Doolittle raids) and the B-17 Flying Fortress (similar to the well-known Memphis Belle), but the greatest thrill is in the acrobatic, open-cockpit Stearman biplane. Relive a piece of air combat history as the you experience wind, speed, heights, and amazing views of Arizona, all at the same time. Feel the fun of flight.

iFly
Scottsdale, AZ l www.iflyworld.com/phoenix/

3 Best Places in Phoenix for Interactive Fun

So many action movies involve jumping out of a plane. The exciting part happens during the time between stepping out the door and pulling the rip cord to open the parachute. iFly in Scottsdale, in the Talking Stick entertainment district, enables you to experience that time of speeding through the air, without the risk of plummeting to a splattered demise. Indoor skydiving at iFly is the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. Their modern wind tunnels give skydivers a consistent and practical way to develop and hone skills that usually require jumping from a plane. Additionally, the increase in availability of wind tunnels has created a whole new genre of sport – bodyflight. People of all ages can now experience the fun and thrill of a free-fall through the sky.

Modern Round
Peoria, AZ l www.modernround.com

3 Best Places in Phoenix for Interactive Fun

Modern Round is a virtual shooting lounge that, along with a great bar and sophisticated menu, offer people the opportunity to use replica firearms to interact with an array of exciting games. No more entertainment through voyeurism, you are the action star! From military combat to surviving a zombie apocalypse, Modern Round offers scenarios to get your heart pumping and the adrenaline surging. Do you enjoy watching James Bond eliminate Spector agents or Han Solo blasting his way through a galaxy far, far away? Then imagine the thrill of doing it yourself with Modern Round games like Monte Carlo and Galactic Wars. And unlike the standard cinema fare of popcorn and soda, at Modern Round you can enjoy drinks from a full bar staffed by imaginative mixologists and creative, award-winning cuisine. Make sure to reserve your shooting lounge for some of the best interactive fun in the Phoenix-metro area.

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Best Places in Phoenix for Cool Indoor Fun in the Hot Summer

Best places in Phoenix to stay cool in the hot summer

Best Places in Phoenix for Cool Indoor Fun in the Hot Summer

As the temperature outside begins its rapid climb, people looking for fun things to do in the Phoenix-metro area still have great options. Not just sitting still in a movie theater or basic sports bar in which other people engage in all the action while guests eat mediocre food. On the contrary, the Valley of the Sun is home to some amazing venues that offer fantastic dining and a completely interactive experience. So, get ready for some cool indoor fun this hot summer.

Downtown – Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike in downtown Phoenix
50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003  l  602-732-5490  l 
www.bowlluckystrike.com

Tucked away in the bustling oasis of Downtown Phoenix, Lucky Strike Phoenix lights up the CityScape Center with a tantalizing array of premium bowling, mouthwatering cuisine, and lavish nightlife appeal. Cool down with an ice-cold cocktail from our experienced mixologists, have a bite to eat, and get off your feet to bowl. However, this is not your father’s bowling alley. The hip combination of modern and retro décor, the club-like lighting, and party atmosphere make a night at Lucky Strike a truly memorable experience.

  

East Side – OdySea Aquarium

Stay cool this hot summer at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85003  l  480-291-8000  l  www.odyseaaquarium.com

Located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet. The two-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and accommodates up to 10,000 visitors daily. With over 50 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea home.

Furthermore, OdySea Aquarium offers an entertaining, interactive, and educational experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life like no other in the industry. The facility includes a theater, SeaTREK™ underwater ocean walking, and a one-of-a-kind voyage through the “Living Sea.”

 

West Side – Modern Round

Beat the hot summer with cool indoor fun at Modern Round in Peoria, Arizona
8320 W. Mariners Way, Peoria, AZ 85382  l  623-388-6900  l  www.modernround.com

Conveniently situated in the heart of the of Peoria’s vibrant P83 District, Modern Round is a unique establishment. The massive sports bar and gourmet-quality food could have Modern Round succeed as just a restaurant, but it is much more than that. Modern Round is a fully interactive virtual shooting range. Guests relax in semi-private lounges and use replica firearms to shoot targets on a massive screen. The experience can take you from war-torn villages to zombie-infested subways. The games are not all violent. There are trivia games, hockey games, and even games based on popular apps like Candy Crush™.

Additionally, guests can dine at the bar, at tables, or even have food and beverages brought right to their lounges. By the end of the evening, you won’t know if it’s the games you’re hooked on or if it’s the delicious food, but you will know that you’ll be back for more of both.

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