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(News.com.au)   Australia opens its first video-game nightclub. Reports say it's packed with men, your space is invaded, and it will create a battle zone with all the tempest there   (news.com.au) divider line 56
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2010-01-23 01:50:12 AM
Wocka, wocka, wocka...
 
2010-01-23 01:53:08 AM
Sounds like a good idea. Though the headline is likely to be too old-school for their target audience.
 
2010-01-23 04:55:16 AM
As a 41 year old I'm getting a kick out of the idea. Some of the most interesting dates I had in the past were girls I met in a video game arcade. Sadly these are all new games.

I would go to a club that had 80's video games just to see if I could still kick butt on them.
 
2010-01-23 07:22:46 AM
Alphax: Sounds like a good idea. Though the headline is likely to be too old-school for their target audience.

I'm 37 and I don't get the headline.
 
2010-01-23 07:31:04 AM
Indolent: As a 41 year old I'm getting a kick out of the idea. Some of the most interesting dates I had in the past were girls I met in a video game arcade. Sadly these are all new games.

I would go to a club that had 80's video games just to see if I could still kick butt on them.


This! I our days it was called an arcade.


Second FTFA:
"Four local gaming enthusiasts will open the Mana Bar at 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, offering patrons the chance to play Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 games between cocktails."

Why the hell would I want to go out and do this? With online gaming for PS3 and XBOX360 why go pay for some over priced drinks and also run the risk of drunk driving? If your leaving your basement to go play more video games then you might want to seek some help.
 
2010-01-23 07:31:09 AM
hhmm, yeah who woulda guessed that a video game bar would be a sausage fest?

/penis
 
2010-01-23 07:47:43 AM

Knucklepopper


Alphax: Sounds like a good idea. Though the headline is likely to be too old-school for their target audience.

I'm 37 and I don't get the headline.


"packed with men" == long stretch to reference Pac-Man

"space is invaded" == same for Space Invaders

Battle Zone and Tempest were arcade games.
 
2010-01-23 07:48:22 AM
Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation is one of the owners. If he did his bits live, it would be even better.
 
2010-01-23 07:51:22 AM
Englebert Slaptyback: Knucklepopper

Alphax: Sounds like a good idea. Though the headline is likely to be too old-school for their target audience.

I'm 37 and I don't get the headline.


"packed with men" == long stretch to reference Pac-Man

"space is invaded" == same for Space Invaders

Battle Zone and Tempest were arcade games.


media.giantbomb.com

/Hot like the 2600
 
2010-01-23 07:53:30 AM
eas81: Why the hell would I want to go out and do this? With online gaming for PS3 and XBOX360 why go pay for some over priced drinks and also run the risk of drunk driving? If your leaving your basement to go play more video games then you might want to seek some help.

Well, theoretically, my, er, your mom could be hinting that you need to get out of the house before you die single and lonely..
 
2010-01-23 07:56:52 AM
place must be loaded with motherfroggers
 
2010-01-23 08:18:30 AM
It's going to be a sausage fest.
 
2010-01-23 08:30:50 AM
There was a place in Melbourne called Bar Code which was open to like 5 am or something. Its where the strippers would go after work to wind down. They had video games too but they needed coins.
 
2010-01-23 08:31:15 AM
I want to point out that one of the four 'local gaming enthusiasts' is Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation infamy, if that means anything to you.

You may see him around there, which gives you a great reason to shiv him.
 
2010-01-23 08:43:24 AM
As long as that tapper dude keeps sliding beers my way, I'll catch them.
 
2010-01-23 08:49:02 AM
Centipede? In my arcade?
 
2010-01-23 08:53:56 AM
Porous Horace: Centipede? In my arcade?

Wow, I loved Centipede. You got good enough to build a block of shrooms and you could play for hours on a quarter. Time Pilot 1984 and Galaga were favorites, too. Don't see the point going to a bar to play games you could have at home, except to "try before you buy."

/never had a basement
//married with kids now
///"Milo and Otis" is playing as I type
 
2010-01-23 08:59:28 AM
cool. it would be sweet to see a real robotron or defender cabinet game. and hear the mwa-mwa-MWA etc. sound effects
 
2010-01-23 09:14:20 AM
Damn I dropped so many quarters on Battlezone. I miss the green vector graphics.
 
2010-01-23 09:28:50 AM
I'm betting Left 4 Dead 2 won't be a game available.

Stupid German speakers....

/prepares for teh flamez
 
2010-01-23 09:32:46 AM
Isn't that basically what Dave & Buster's is?
 
2010-01-23 09:34:10 AM
They tried one of these in Ottawa... Phoenix I think it was called. Didn't last very long.

Hard to sniper camp when you're hitting the vodak.
 
2010-01-23 09:38:40 AM
i585.photobucket.com

Sees this ending badly.
 
2010-01-23 09:44:07 AM
Indolent:
I would go to a club that had 80's video games just to see if I could still kick butt on them.


The same town (Brisbane) had an art-gallery exhibtion open up last year (called 'Game On' if I remember correctly) that was nothing but rows and rows of different consoles, with 1 or 2 games for each that were examples of big jumps, pong, lots of old school arcade machines, pc with doom/rpgs, amigas with lemmings, right through to a 4-player Halo3 setup, rock band and wii sports. It was just a cover-charge and you were there all day with the machines on infinite play - people giving something a go then moving onto something else, a really cool vibe. Brilliant little show, hope it turns up again one day.

Anyhoo, about this bar; 5 setups sounds way too little if gaming/drinking is the 'quirk' of the place. Sounds to me this is more a setup where people go to drink, and the 'designated driver' has something to do in the meantime.
 
2010-01-23 10:07:25 AM
If there were dancing too -- it would be the perfect date location with my hubby -- he could be his marginally antisocial homebody self and I could dance and we'd both end up happy at the end of the night.
 
2010-01-23 10:10:11 AM
The Tempest mention was nice.
+1 sunny...
 
2010-01-23 10:30:45 AM
I live about three blocks away from a Dave and Busters. They used to have this awesome group playing game called Battletech and pinball machines downstairs. It used to be a fun place to get your game on and drink and eat. Now they got rid of the Battle Tech and all the pinball machines, and old school games and put in lousy ones instead. You can't go there at night anymore because its a total gangbanger hangout. It sucks, One of my buddies was a manager there and quit after someone got shot in front of the place last summer. I miss arcades.
 
2010-01-23 10:48:58 AM
This would be cool except for two things:

1. The smell
2. The only women that would go would be boring nerd wanna-be girls trying to make themselves seem more interesting
 
2010-01-23 10:54:05 AM
A nightclub packed with men. Sounds like a real sausage fest.
 
2010-01-23 11:00:20 AM
Video game night club? Weren't those called an arcade at some point?
 
2010-01-23 11:01:08 AM
I thought Australia was the place where they are trying to banninate all the good games.
 
2010-01-23 11:03:33 AM
" Swinburne University media and communications lecturer Dr Mark Finn said the video game bar was further proof that video games were going mainstream in Australia, and he said the concept could extend to other bars in Australia."

Or this bar is a piss poor concept, based on a perceived niche, and the owners will end up eating their shirts.

It'll just be another gamer cafe stocked with basement dwellers that can't save enough money to buy their own consoles off of what money mommy gives them in their allowance.
 
2010-01-23 11:37:19 AM
wbaxter: " Swinburne University media and communications lecturer Dr Mark Finn said the video game bar was further proof that video games were going mainstream in Australia, and he said the concept could extend to other bars in Australia."

Or this bar is a piss poor concept, based on a perceived niche, and the owners will end up eating their shirts.

It'll just be another gamer cafe stocked with basement dwellers that can't save enough money to buy their own consoles off of what money mommy gives them in their allowance.


THIS. Gamers tend to be a cheap lot, lots of beer and video games don't tend to mix. Also paying the lease can be a real back breaker if you haven't run the numbers right.

Rent shouldn't be more that 10% of gross sales small low cost operations. Like a one man shop with one or 2 employees. Sell Low margin goods or have lots of employees and other overhead, rent better not be more than 5% of sales.

The top thing they needed to consider
How much can they charge per game? I'm guessing not much to get any kind of foot traffic

Are they selling consoles and games as well?

How much Booze do they expect to sell?

IF Gamers down under are the same as US gamers, they had better invest in a good cook. Food will probably be their number one seller if its good. Especially true of pen and paper/table top RPG gamers, it about the only way to reliably make money off that lot. You can't pirate good food.

They should run their numbers by some folks in the bar/restaurant/cafe biz to see if they are even in the right ball park.

I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that the Landlord had them co-sign or be personally responsible for the lease. Not an uncommon thing for a small business just stating up especially if the Landlord kicked in $$$$ to build out on the space.
 
2010-01-23 11:39:26 AM
When I was 17, I worked at the Playdium in Burnaby, BC. On Friday nights it was open until 4:00 am. Always found it funny that I couldn't enter after 12:00 am (age limit was 19) but I could work there for those times. There was a bar, live DJ, but no dancing.
Lots of great memories.
 
2010-01-23 11:41:06 AM
dead_dangler: This would be cool except for two things:

1. The smell
2. The only women that would go would be boring nerd wanna-be girls trying to make themselves seem more interesting


I remember when girls wouldn't even want to try to be interesting to nerds. That would have been great in the 80s.
 
2010-01-23 11:43:22 AM
Ground Kontrol in Portland, Oregon FTW!
 
2010-01-23 11:48:24 AM
This is Australia we're talking about. They won't have anything higher than a T rating due to one horrid old man in the government with idiotic ideas about what games a grown adult should be permitted to play.
 
2010-01-23 12:25:43 PM
chicagogasman: You can't go there at night anymore because its a total gangbanger hangout. It sucks, One of my buddies was a manager there and quit after someone got shot in front of the place last summer.


"Warrior is about to die..."
 
2010-01-23 12:26:31 PM
chicagogasman: You can't go there at night anymore because its a total gangbanger hangout. It sucks, One of my buddies was a manager there and quit after someone got shot in front of the place last summer.

"Warrior is about to die..."
 
2010-01-23 12:29:40 PM
I would like to apologize for the repetition in my posting.
I would like to apologize for the repetition in my posting.
 
2010-01-23 12:30:23 PM
In Brooklyn, there's a bar that has 80s arcade games and nothing but American microbrews. Of course, it's called Barcade. (not quite a nightclub.
 
2010-01-23 12:42:16 PM
As a Brisbane farkette, this bar is in the best possible spot for that target market. The area hosts several large video game companies (Brisbane apparently being the hot-spot city for these companies) and it's in the hipster end of the entertainment district that is still too scary for some people.
While I think a lot of women will be interested in playing there, it'll be a particularly pretentious venue.
Like the Game On exhibition that broadsword mentioned, the ladies will arrive but be elbowed away from the consoles by the eager-beaver nerds whose body odour can't be argued with. (I left the Game On exhibition only having played one game, and having to watch the pushy guys and kids cut into invisible lines)
blah blah blah.

It'll be a neat place. I won't go, because I have 5* cheaper alcohol at home and my own consoles and don't fancy getting drunk waiting for my turn.
/lazy, complacent, engaged. Woo AND heh!
 
2010-01-23 01:17:14 PM
"video game nightclub"

...soooo, it's an... arcade?
 
2010-01-23 01:19:52 PM
Indolent: As a 41 year old I'm getting a kick out of the idea. Some of the most interesting dates I had in the past were girls I met in a video game arcade. Sadly these are all new games.

I would go to a club that had 80's video games just to see if I could still kick butt on them.


static.px.yelp.com

Ground Kontrol in Portland, Oregon. I love playing Smash TV with a friend while having a few beers.
 
KNW
2010-01-23 01:20:08 PM
In honour of this headline I'm gonna wear that shirt I bought at Ground Kontrol (new window) (new window)when I was in Portland, last year.

Damn, I wish we had an arcade back home..
 
2010-01-23 01:39:02 PM
Yeah. I went to a place like this.

I walked in, and saw that there were no women, and said "@!#?@!"
 
2010-01-23 02:34:42 PM
Don't they call these places "Dave & Busters" in the states?
 
2010-01-23 04:13:50 PM
I give this a month before that South Australian attorney shuts it down for child health and safety.
 
2010-01-23 05:24:54 PM
leonel: I give this a month before that South Australian attorney shuts it down for child health and safety.

Except it's in another state, so that'd be hard for Michael Atkinson to do.
 
2010-01-23 06:30:08 PM
I'm glad to finally have a home town story that's relevant to my interests. However I can see this place going under within about six months.

- Hands up who's ever wrecked a video game controller/disk/console after enjoying a few quiet ales. *raises hands*

- Hands up who's ever seen people allowed into night clubs when they're clearly well outside their normal level of control *raises hands*

- Hands up who's ever come to fisticuffs over a video game *raises hands*

I'm seeing this as a disaster waiting to happen.
 
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