On Thursday the 17th, after a hard day's work, the IT department gathered at Enversed in Eindhoven Strijp-S for a VR Experience as a reward for meeting the deadline for the new home- and search page that went live shortly before Christmas. As snow began to fall outside, the team was treated to a unique experience of several small VR games, spreading across 3 sets of HTC Vives and matching controllers. An introductory game, meant to show us the ropes, had us connecting stars in a 3D space to make constellations. Next up, our competitive spirits were awoken with a bow-and-arrow arcade shooter that required the actual movements of nocking arrows, pulling and releasing them. Following that was a cooperative game of stacking hamburgers. The constant turning and walking back and forth had the less physically fit of the team, myself included, working up a sweat, and vests were soon discarded onto chairs and couches. The final and easily most advanced game involved shooting swarms of drones attacking with lasers, using guns and shields to keep the waves at bay.
After the VR Experience, we made our ways through the cold to Restaurant De Slak, an all-you-can-eat formula diner just south of the Philips stadium. The place was rather crowded, and with a single dish per round permitted, it wasn't the speediest of dining experiences, to the annoyance of the most hungry colleagues. Additionally, a strange rule meant that out of every 6 dishes, only 4 dishes were allowed to be different ones, meaning 2 had to choose from their colleagues' selections. In spite of these shortcomings, a pleasant time was had all around, with plenty of banter going around between meals and generally good food. The sashimi in particular was well-received, and nearly every round you could see a plate of raw fish being inhaled by one or more people around the table. As closing time neared, the table started to empty, until the final group left with full stomaches and good cheers. It was a merry evening that all were up for repeating. Perhaps at a restaurant that can handle the appetite of the hungriest of IT personnel, though.
Marco Kuis, IT