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Poll Results: Would you gaming at a modern arcade?

Poll expired: May 27, 2011  
  • 37% (28)
    Absolutely!
  • 62% (47)
    Nope have my own rig.
75 Total Votes  
post #1 of 54
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Life story you can skill to the next paragraph My obsession with my computer over the years has given me some great ideas. I have always wanted to own a pc repair store or an arcade. Well today decided after about 7 years of drafting i need a new career. I think need to pursue my dream and make money for myself and stop making someone else rich. I know this wont make me a millionaire( really don't plan to be one) but i think it is something that i can do and be proud of.
What I want is a modern day arcade/ pc repair shop . 15-20 computer,3-5 ps3, and 3-5 xbox360 and maybe a few arcade machines( just an estimate). A long time friend of mine just got his master in business and we will sit down this weekend and draw out a business plan to see if this would work. I still have plenty ideas for this place but here is what i need to know. As the idea stands if this were available in your area would go for the right price?
Edited by Boi 1da - 4/26/11 at 7:47pm
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post #2 of 54
I so would, I've always wanted too, sadly we have none in my area.
    
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post #3 of 54
short version: i DEFINITELY would!

long version: had the same plan, roughly a year or two back.. didn't pan out for me, so maybe you could feed off some ideas.

ideally, i wanted just a computer shop (selling/repairs).
then thought, internet cafe in there as well; people play the games -> see how awesome they run -> they want to buy a similar computer.
then thought, consoles wouldn't be bad; book out a room -> play wii or something with your mates.
then thought, "basement area"...D&D, warhammer, magic etc.; have a couple of tables set up, etc. etc. geek central!
throw in an awesome little canteen area/cafe with "food for gamers" as well as regular food.

maybe i wanted too much from the one place... sadly, my vision never came to fruition and i can only hang out there in my dreams.

good luck with it though hopefully you'll have more luck.
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I don't see any reason why it can't work..just going to take hard work..they all do ^.-

Good luck and work harder than everyone else..
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I hope it works out for you. most arcades I know of have gone under due to lack of business, but Houston might be a large enough city to sustain such a business.
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post #6 of 54
I definitely would, although it is dependent on how good the pc's are
   
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post #7 of 54
To give you some motivation... I have a buddy whose older brother set up a business like the one you invision. The only slight difference is that he built a cafe portion. He's got the computers and then xboxs/PS3s on projection screens. And he was able to rent out a location within walking distance of the local college in my home town. As of right now it has been hugely successful for him given the fact that internet cafe-style businesses seemed to die off as more and more online networks were developed.

I think the keys to his success is the fact that A.) He catered his hours to his target customers (i.e. I think he's open from mid afternoon to about 2am then all day/night on weekends). B) He does allow people to bring in there own computers. C) He developed specific game nights to better organize when people would come in and play. This way it'd draw in bigger crowds to play a single game instead of having 2-3 people at any given time.

Also, he didn't mind people coming in for a little gaming after hitting up the bars

Hope it works out for you man. You don't see many people doing what they dream rather than what will be the safest route.
post #8 of 54
you should definitely open it near a school, maybe inner city, where the people can't afford high-end gaming rigs.

and you might need a shotgun
   
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post #9 of 54
I think it's a great idea. I actually worked for a guy, part-time voluntary basis, that had this same thing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, he didn't know how to run a business and let ALOT of people take advantage of him.

One thing for sure, if Houston has a decent gaming community, LAN's and radio promotions are going to be a "Must-Have"

We would get all sorts of LAN sponsors and have "Over-Night" LAN parties that were absolutely phenominal.

Be sure to get a gaming squad going and you should do well
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It won't work people just like to sit at home on the internet no one likes going out to play some games, what's the point when they can just play some ps3 at home.
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