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(Reuters)   Chuck E. Cheese going private, disappointing Farkers who are used to seeing everything that happens at CEC going public   (reuters.com) divider line 34
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2014-01-16 02:50:35 PM
I had no idea this was a growth industry.
 
2014-01-16 03:19:18 PM
Showbiz was where it was at. RIP, Billy Bob
 
2014-01-16 03:21:26 PM

Naritai: I had no idea this was a growth industry.


It used to be at least, when Chuck E Cheese's were more than just ball pits and bad pizza. They were more fun when they had the latest games, creepy mascots, and much bigger venues (the one next to Amboy Cinemas in New Jersey was my highlight).
 
2014-01-16 03:29:16 PM
TFA's real headline.  Rather dirty-sounding for Chuck E. Cheese.
 
2014-01-16 03:38:49 PM
I liked the old shiatty pizza.There. I said it.
 
2014-01-16 03:51:28 PM
Chuck E Cheese restaurants, hugely popular with kids but adults remembered them as something much cooler back in the 80s, feature crappy video games, bumper cars and play areas and offer food such as pizzas and sandwiches. They are also home to many amateur fighting arenas

/Rt. 23 in Wayne, NJ!
//Super Zaxxon, Super PacMan, Black Widow, Buck Rogers Planet of Zoom, Star Wars, and so much more!
 
2014-01-16 03:53:06 PM

Naritai: I had no idea this was a growth industry.


Why wouldn't it be? Kids need to go somewhere for birthdays, and CEC isn't all that bad of a choice. Sure, the pizza isn't great, but you also aren't buying a 6 year old a 20 dollar pizza with arugula on it... It's a great place to take the kids and hang for an hour or two, let them blow off steam, and play some games with them.
 
2014-01-16 03:55:18 PM

Naritai: I had no idea this was a growth industry.


I'm always astounded when I drive past a 40,000 square foot Dave & Busters.  Are there that many 30-something Peter Pans?
 
2014-01-16 04:03:00 PM
I've always had the dream of opening up an adult acrade packed with ticket-spitting redemption games.  But swap the crappy cheap toy filled prize counter out with a prize counter that redeems for bar snacks and drinks.

I'd play the fark out of some skee ball and wack-a-mole if beer and hot wings were on the line.  I was disappointed the first time I went to a D&B's and realized that wasn't their business model.

/I'd put claw machines in the bathrooms
//and the TP in the claw machines
 
2014-01-16 04:05:21 PM

moike: I've always had the dream of opening up an adult acrade packed with ticket-spitting redemption games.  But swap the crappy cheap toy filled prize counter out with a prize counter that redeems for bar snacks and drinks.

I'd play the fark out of some skee ball and wack-a-mole if beer and hot wings were on the line.  I was disappointed the first time I went to a D&B's and realized that wasn't their business model.

/I'd put claw machines in the bathrooms
//and the TP in the claw machines


*yoink*

/Business loan department, here I come!
 
2014-01-16 04:05:31 PM
I usually refer to the CC nearest me as Lil Gangsta's Paradise.
 
2014-01-16 04:13:17 PM
Gecko Gingrich:
*yoink*

/Business loan department, here I come!


Run with it, and let me know when you open...
 
2014-01-16 04:19:14 PM

moike: Gecko Gingrich:
*yoink*

/Business loan department, here I come!

Run with it, and let me know when you open...


Hate to break it to you, but it's illegal to "sell" alcohol that way in most states.  Never checked the law in Nevada and Louisiana, so it might be illegal in all 50.
 
2014-01-16 04:31:52 PM

moike: I've always had the dream of opening up an adult acrade packed with ticket-spitting redemption games.  But swap the crappy cheap toy filled prize counter out with a prize counter that redeems for bar snacks and drinks.

I'd play the fark out of some skee ball and wack-a-mole if beer and hot wings were on the line.  I was disappointed the first time I went to a D&B's and realized that wasn't their business model.

/I'd put claw machines in the bathrooms
//and the TP in the claw machines


Always pissed me off when I found out it was their business model, because they market themselves as an arcade for adults and never have any rated M games (if they do, they adjust it, like green blood on 'Target: Terror') and see dollar signs when they see redemption machines.
 
2014-01-16 04:40:39 PM

FrancoFile: Naritai: I had no idea this was a growth industry.

I'm always astounded when I drive past a 40,000 square foot Dave & Busters.  Are there that many 30-something Peter Pans?


Hey now, don't knock it until you've played your first round of that new Rambo light gun game.
 
2014-01-16 04:59:18 PM

moike: I've always had the dream of opening up an adult acrade packed with ticket-spitting redemption games.  But swap the crappy cheap toy filled prize counter out with a prize counter that redeems for bar snacks and drinks.

I'd play the fark out of some skee ball and wack-a-mole if beer and hot wings were on the line.  I was disappointed the first time I went to a D&B's and realized that wasn't their business model.

/I'd put claw machines in the bathrooms
//and the TP in the claw machines



Dave and Busters.

The closest one to me is in Atlanta tho there supposed to open one in the state this year.
 
2014-01-16 05:06:56 PM

optikeye: moike: I've always had the dream of opening up an adult acrade packed with ticket-spitting redemption games.  But swap the crappy cheap toy filled prize counter out with a prize counter that redeems for bar snacks and drinks.

I'd play the fark out of some skee ball and wack-a-mole if beer and hot wings were on the line.  I was disappointed the first time I went to a D&B's and realized that wasn't their business model.

/I'd put claw machines in the bathrooms
//and the TP in the claw machines


Dave and Busters.

The closest one to me is in Atlanta tho there supposed to open one in the state this year.


You do realize the "D&B" in moike's post was short for "Dave and Busters" right?
 
2014-01-16 05:48:22 PM

Confabulat: Showbiz was where it was at. RIP, Billy Bob


This was where it was at:
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-16 05:55:38 PM

optikeye: moike: I've always had the dream of opening up an adult acrade packed with ticket-spitting redemption games.  But swap the crappy cheap toy filled prize counter out with a prize counter that redeems for bar snacks and drinks.

I'd play the fark out of some skee ball and wack-a-mole if beer and hot wings were on the line.  I was disappointed the first time I went to a D&B's and realized that wasn't their business model.

/I'd put claw machines in the bathrooms
//and the TP in the claw machines


Dave and Busters.

The closest one to me is in Atlanta tho there supposed to open one in the state this year.


There is a D&B minutes from me...  That part where I said I went in one and was greatly disappointed that I could not trade my skee-ball tickets for beer and hot wings should have given it away.  I have never been back in a D&B since.

http://www.daveandbusters.com/games/winners-circle/

That list of 'prizes' is nothing but an 'adult' version of shiatty candy, plastic pencil toppers, keychains, and slap bracelets you see in a normal kids arcade 'prize cabinet'.  And as usual, the amount of money you'd spend playing wack-a-mole to get the tickets to get a Wii U calculates out to paying 1000 bucks for a Wii U.

I want to spend a reasonable amount of money playing a game trying to win tickets to exchange for booze.

That sounds like a fun time to me.
 
2014-01-16 05:56:33 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Confabulat: Showbiz was where it was at. RIP, Billy Bob

This was where it was at:
[Discovery Zone]



No, the correct answer to "where was it at?" is, indeed, Showbiz Pizza Place.
 
2014-01-16 06:22:13 PM

moike: I want to spend a reasonable amount of money playing a game trying to win tickets to exchange for booze.

That sounds like a fun time to me.


That's probably illegal in most states. You might be able to get a plate of wings...but state ABC boards are very picky about coupons for Alcohol that you 'win'. You always see those coupons for discounts exclude Alcohol.
Heck some ABC boards want to ban 'happy hour', and some have.
 
2014-01-16 06:28:25 PM
Comedy Central's @ Midnight has a recurring category called "Chuck E Cheese or Jail," in which contestants have to guess whether a Yelp review is for a Chuck E Cheese restaurant or a jail.  The worse the review is, the more likely it is to be for Chuck's
 
2014-01-16 06:43:49 PM
back in the 90's their was a over 21 bar that had some first person shooter games, half life was in a sort of hex pod with projection so it was life size.  most of the dweebs who put their dollars in had not played it.  I recall going five levels before I had to pit stop.  the person I handed it off to was killed before I had gone 10' toward the restroom.

was fun, but......
 
2014-01-16 07:07:09 PM
RIP Pizza & Pipes
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-16 07:27:40 PM

optikeye: moike: I want to spend a reasonable amount of money playing a game trying to win tickets to exchange for booze.

That sounds like a fun time to me.

That's probably illegal in most states. You might be able to get a plate of wings...but state ABC boards are very picky about coupons for Alcohol that you 'win'. You always see those coupons for discounts exclude Alcohol.
Heck some ABC boards want to ban 'happy hour', and some have.


Well, crap...

I guess I'll stick to beer and video games at home.
 
2014-01-16 08:54:25 PM
Regardless I think we know the true purpose of CEC is to provide us news stories about brawls breaking out:

grahamten.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-17 01:41:19 AM

FrancoFile: Hate to break it to you, but it's illegal to "sell" alcohol that way in most states. Never checked the law in Nevada and Louisiana, so it might be illegal in all 50.


If you age check them before letting them redeem their 'tickets' for booze, and offer non-booze prizes(such as the wings), and possibly even have 'You must be 21 to play' rules, what law/regulation does it violate?
 
2014-01-17 07:16:56 AM

Gergesa: Regardless I think we know the true purpose of CEC is to provide us news stories about brawls breaking out:

[grahamten.files.wordpress.com image 270x270]


so that's what happens in the parking lot?  cuz inside the people fighting have much better tans.
 
2014-01-17 08:29:26 AM
Or else no one would want the chain
 
2014-01-17 08:31:10 AM
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2014-01-17 08:46:12 AM

Firethorn: FrancoFile: Hate to break it to you, but it's illegal to "sell" alcohol that way in most states. Never checked the law in Nevada and Louisiana, so it might be illegal in all 50.

If you age check them before letting them redeem their 'tickets' for booze, and offer non-booze prizes(such as the wings), and possibly even have 'You must be 21 to play' rules, what law/regulation does it violate?


It's not really about age.
It's about giving away alcohol for free.  There are minimum-markup and minimum-price laws in a lot of states.  If you buy $5 worth of tokens, and are really good at skee-ball, and come away with $90 worth of beer tickets, that's a problem.

It's also about circumventing accountability in general.  You don't think the mob would love this kind of system?
 
2014-01-17 09:17:38 AM

FrancoFile: If you buy $5 worth of tokens, and are really good at skee-ball, and come away with $90 worth of beer tickets, that's a problem.


If there is a way for you to get $90 worth of [anything] when only buying $5 worth of tokens, then I'll need to fire the person in charge of skee-ball calibration.
 
2014-01-17 10:14:07 AM
Gecko Gingrich: If there is a way for you to get $90 worth of [anything] when only buying $5 worth of tokens, then I'll need to fire the person in charge of skee-ball calibration.

*snerk*.  Yep, I've perused such places, and generally speaking even if you're *perfect* at the game with the closest margins you're still going to be paying several times over retail. 
Minimum price would only come in if you got incredibly, unbelievably lucky at one of the more random games.
 
2014-01-17 02:39:46 PM

FrancoFile: Firethorn: FrancoFile: Hate to break it to you, but it's illegal to "sell" alcohol that way in most states. Never checked the law in Nevada and Louisiana, so it might be illegal in all 50.

If you age check them before letting them redeem their 'tickets' for booze, and offer non-booze prizes(such as the wings), and possibly even have 'You must be 21 to play' rules, what law/regulation does it violate?

It's not really about age.
It's about giving away alcohol for free.  There are minimum-markup and minimum-price laws in a lot of states.  If you buy $5 worth of tokens, and are really good at skee-ball, and come away with $90 worth of beer tickets, that's a problem.

It's also about circumventing accountability in general.  You don't think the mob would love this kind of system?


Really, it's more about the puratinism common in the US. Free drinks is the equivalent of encouraging alcohol consumption, which is always bad. Heck, in Portland, you don't have to wear pants, but you aren't supposed to advertise that your bar has happy hour.
 
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