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.

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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

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.

Scottsdale, AZ l

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

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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