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How come Internet Cafe's (for gaming) aren't so big in USA?

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In Sweden they were so popular. I took the metro from my school to the Internet Cafe a couple times a week to play some MW2 or other games with my friends. Funny thing is, out of the 300 seats at the Internet cafe, around half of them were kids under the age of 13 playing WoW.

I really miss the Internet Cafe system. Hell, it is pretty popular all over the world but I barely see any at all in the USA. What's with that?
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There's very few here as well.

I don't know, just never really took off.
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1) computer hardware is cheaper
2) greater buying power
3) Internet access for longer
4) Larger geographical area


Some other possible reasons:
5) Parential overprotection
6) Poor mass transit
Edited by DuckieHo - 4/28/11 at 9:29am
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There's very few here as well.

I don't know, just never really took off.
There's just something about gaming in a group with all your friends... . It makes it a lot more fun. There were about 5 of my friends with me when we went and we constantly did 3v3 in MW2 with Auto-Select teams.

Every Saturday there was a tournament for certain games, but MW2 was always on the list. You pay a 20kr fee for the tournament and compete with around 100 players and the winner gets 500kr, with the runner ups getting 250 each (3 people). Ofc they were FFA games. Usually around 100 people played, but it was just for fun.

Oh right forgot to mention 1USD = 6kr
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
1) computer hardware is cheaper
2) greater buying power
3) Internet access for longer
4) Larger geographical area


Some other possible reasons:
5) Parential overprotection
6) Poor mass transit
Yeah, Duckie's got them well covered.

The likely reason is because those that would be inclined to visit one probably have a capable machine at home. There's little reason to go squat in a game cafe if your machine at home is more powerful.
    
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same with the philippines. interenet cafe's are so popular its like the best hangout spot! but when I moved here to the U.S. there was no more internet cafe's and computer gaming is all at home :/
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I would rather be in my own house in my underwear
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Wish there were more or any in the DC metro area. Besides gaming uses, it was a good social hotspot for gamers/techie to gossip or usually... try to "one up" on others on benchies or skills.
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population density plays a pretty big roll I bet
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Because I can sit at home and do the same thing?
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