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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 #41 of 54
Just some very smart advice I picked up from OCN. If you want to do arcade cabinets, make them. A guy on OCN made one out of plywood I think?, a decent computer for its time, and an old CRT TV, and it came out roughly 1/5 of the cost of the ones I've seen in catalogs. You could cut thousands off of the initial cost of opening, and get all your machines for you price of one.

You mentioned something about an arcade license. These would technically just be computers with custom cases, so perhaps you could have more than 4 if they were popular enough.
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post #42 of 54
Maybe if you had some pcs with 3d vision O.O
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post #43 of 54
I'd love to but investment is a big part of this kind of business. But if you're good at fixing computers, especially laptops (you know, the advanced kind like soldering or replacing short circuit and stuff like that) you might make a big profit
    
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post #44 of 54
go for it dude, just remeber if your going for multiple types of console's your gona need a big place to do it
keep the consoles away from the computers, perhaps a 2 story complex would be best
and if you use projectors yur best bet is a enclosed dark room. gl
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post #45 of 54
I always go to LAN shops when I meetup with old friends.

I never play consoles but the arcades at malls here are always full.
They usually have like 20 pc, 4 xbox and 4 ps3
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post #46 of 54
If you want to make the business successful make it community spun. Organise LAN events and days for specific games, let people bring their own computers, gain a reputation for your business in general to help with viral marketing, join social networks and update people about the latest events. It's very important in something so competition based that you make it community spun to help with the business in general.

Best of luck with the project!
Edited by GoTMaXPoWeR - 4/26/11 at 10:57pm
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post #47 of 54
Depends on location i guess. I dont think a pc repair shop necessarily fits in with an arcade. It's random. It's too bad we cant get paid for everything we love to do huh?
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post #48 of 54
Align yourself with a type of community outreach and it can be done well. Talk to some social planning agencies like FYI , there are some great tax incentives for things like this, especially if you come from a community perspective that is aligned with giving back and philanthropy, possibly talk to fraternities that might be interested in helping promote this , especially since Greek life is very established with philanthropy already.
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post #49 of 54
pro tip... put all WoW gamers in a secluded room of your complex and lock the door charge by the hour and leave a bowl of water and some pellets... they wont come out so long as u keep the power on.
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post #50 of 54
we had several around our area a few years ago, about the same time CoD MW1 came out.

Exactly what you were talking about, minus the repair shop. We called them gaming centers, we used to go there all the time. This guy named Paul ran the place, used to always say that the place was barely making enough money to pay the rent. He had 25 PCs, and 10 PS3s. He is out of business now, and so are all of them but one.

he charged $3 and hour, had a good selection of games, even had the appropriate gaming center software that prevented people from making any changes to the system.

We used to play alot of BF2 there, but in the end people stopped wasting money there and it shut down.

not a great idea unless you can open one up where there are alot of bored kids with alot of money from their parents who want to play WoW together while sitting in the same room. Cuz thats what Paul had at the end of his days, 4-7 WoW heads sitting around playing WoW all day.


Oh forgot to mention he was supporting his business on the backend cause he had a full time job as Voice Mail Engineer. Like I said, he failed, along with like 4 other game centers.
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