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(Short List)   "Hey could I get some Mortal Kombat with my burger?"   ( divider line
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4204 clicks; posted to Geek » on 07 Jan 2013 at 9:40 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-07 08:20:01 AM  
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It's like the author is 20 years old and doesn't realize Chuck E. Cheese was around 30+ years ago.

When I was a kid, the only reason you went to Chuck E. Cheese was because they had just about every video game made. You damn sure didn't go for the crappy cardboard pizza or the moronic animatronics. You went to cram fistfuls of tokens into Berzerk, Defender/Stargate, Vanguard, Red Baron, Tempest, PacMan, Space Fury, Space invaders and hundreds of other games.

And before Chuck Up Cheese, you went to Crystal's Palace. They had the best arcade games the '70s had to offer.
2013-01-07 10:42:37 AM  
1 vote:
We have an arcade/beer house in Lexington--The Arcadium. It should totally be the location for a fark party sometime. It only holds about 30 people but they have fancy brews that are overpriced but damn strong. I had 3 beers in there and needed a cab.
2013-01-07 10:22:05 AM  
1 vote:

dletter: But, actually, if it is really "old school" games... I would think they would just let you play for free at the table while you are sitting down.   I would imagine they'll install a bunch of touchscreen restaurant tables where you'd be able to read the menu from, order your food, and then play games while you wait, and even probably pay.   Honestly, they would probably not even have "Waiters/Waitresses" in the traditional sense... you'd have someone who would seat you, and someone would bring the food from the kitchen, but, other than that, you could do everything from the touch table.

That's a much better idea than the one presented in the article. And 3 years ago, I would have said it would be ridiculously expensive, but that's not even the case anymore. Aside from copyright, blah blah blah... you could build the tables with emulators and a little polish and get the whole thing running for a price that would pay itself off
2013-01-07 10:09:41 AM  
1 vote:
There was something like this that was tried in Peoria, IL about 10 years ago. It was called InPlay. It was a pizza place and bar with several floors of arcade machines, skiball-type games, and a big climbing wall. The entire system worked on in-store credit. You bought a "gift card" at the door and used that instead of a pocket full of quarters.

I don't think it's still in business. Gamers still prefer consoles in the privacy of their own homes. Drinkers don't want to be around noisy arcade machines and kids. Parents didn't want to take there kids downtown.
2013-01-07 09:46:50 AM  
1 vote:
Maybe they should also bring back roller rinks, those had sweet arcades as well
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