Montreal’s original video-game lounge is moving to a new West Island location on March 3, which will feature more space for birthday parties and events, new virtual reality game rooms, a space for coding and computer classes, and a café where parents can relax while the kids play.
Nemesis is a modern-day arcade. Instead of the old coin-operated machines, it features top-of-the-line gaming PCs and video-game consoles. Players earn virtual tokens as they play, which they can redeem for prizes from chips to video games.
Noteworthy for parents: Nemesis offers a special incentive for kids to keep their grades up: any child who brings in a report card with an average grade of more than 80 per cent can redeem an hour of free gaming time.
Founder Shaundel Celestin opened Nemesis 11 years ago to provide teens with a safe hang-out space, creating the first video-game lounge in Montreal. Over the years, she has grown the business to include summer coding camps, corporate retreats, and an ever-growing list of games to play.
The new location will be at 298 Lakeshore Rd., in Pointe-Claire Village. The old location, also in Pointe-Claire, will be redeveloped for condos.
At 3,000 square feet, the new location has enough space to be able to offer drop-in gaming sessions, after-school coding and video-game design classes, an expanded party room and two new virtual reality rooms.
“We built rooms where two people can go in at the same time and put on high-end virtual reality systems,” Celestin said. “You wear this really cool vest so that you can feel the explosions or lasers. It rumbles your whole body and makes you feel you’re really in the game.”
To play at Nemesis, gamers pay $10 per hour or $15 for two hours. Day passes are also available for $25 during the school year, along with $22 night passes for players over 13. Virtual reality accessories range in price from $5 to $15 for a 30-minute rental. Discounts are available for two or more players.
For more information, call 514-692-4611 or visit nemesislan.ca.