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There are quite a few where I live. At least 3 in a 5 minute radius of where I live, and a ridiculous number just a 20 minute drive away in Koreatown. I've seen a few shut down over the last couple years, but several new ones have popped up as well. I wouldn't say it never completely caught on, just it's a niche thing.
post #22 of 39
I'd rather be at home or with friends at a house then in some public place playing games. I don't want to have to make a trip to play games, pointless imop... this is why I bought a computer, so I can be home, and play whenever I like. Plus I like having a powerful computer too, I doubt some internet cafe could provide that. Just my thoughts.
Edited by whitingnick - 4/28/11 at 9:42pm
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I'd rather be at home then in some public place playing games, or with friends at a house. I like having a powerful computer too, I doubt some internet cafe could provide that.
The one I went to in Stockholm had PC's that ran BC2 and Crysis at Maxed settings with 1080p monitors. There were 300 seats too. I have no idea what GPU the systems had but I could tell they were Nvidia and they were in SLI since I once saw a repair guy fixing one of them. This was like a year ago.
post #24 of 39
I agree with the transportation system. Like cities with major transportation methods such as the transit/subway/rail you get off, do spend a lot of your day just walking around the city getting up with friends. Most places everyone has a car, everyone is on their own schedule. Drop me off at the Shibuya district in Tokyo prefecture and I'll wander for days
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I can see this being much more popular with 12-15 yr old kids... but not for older gamers. For young kids, this could give them a place they can go without getting nagged by dad or mom about playing games too much. An escape I guess, but not practical at all for people for the older crowd who can afford their own stuff.

I remember when I was 15-ish, I use to go game at a store in town, partly so I wouldn't get nagged my parents, but I'd never dream of making a trip like that now. I got anything and everything I want at our place now.... no need to leave.
Edited by whitingnick - 4/28/11 at 9:53pm
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I think it does have a lot to do with convenience, and the fact that you don't have to drive somewhere to play games. Another big thing is that most people who do play computer games, already have a PC at home, and don't see a need to go somewhere else to play something they can play at home. Last thing is most likely the fact that the upkeep costs are way more than what they are taking in
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I think it does have a lot to do with convenience, and the fact that you don't have to drive somewhere to play games. Another big thing is that most people who do play computer games, already have a PC at home, and don't see a need to go somewhere else to play something they can play at home. Last thing is most likely the fact that the upkeep costs are way more than what they are taking in
Almost every kid over the age of 13 in Sweden has a pretty good gaming PC. The only reason they go to the internet cafe is so that they can play their games and physically be with their friends at the same location instead of just using Vent or TS
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Its kinda of the same reason people dont go to Arcades to play video games...There is just much better gaming to be done at home. Multi-Player gaming has improved tremendously as LAN isnt the only option like it was back in the Soldier of Fortune 1 days....Those were nice At least you get to see the people you kill
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Almost every kid over the age of 13 in Sweden has a pretty good gaming PC. The only reason they go to the internet cafe is so that they can play their games and physically be with their friends at the same location instead of just using Vent or TS
Yea I can see that. I'm too old for that crowd now, but I could see myself back when I was that age enjoying this type of atmosphere. I'd rather game and be home with my wife now.... I've grown out of that mentality I guess you could say. I don't go hang out and have 'play time' with my friends anymore, lol..... only if it involves playing basketball.
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Yea I can see that. I'm too old for that crowd, I could see myself back when I was that age enjoying this type of atmosphere, but not anymore. I'd rather game and be home with my wife.... I've grown out of that mentality I guess you could say.
Oh, married? I understand your viewpoint I guess. I could NEVER see my dad hanging out with his friends at a public location like that.

I'm 17 though, and I still love going to those places . Hell, I have seen people up to about age 20 game there. There are special internet cafe's with age limits though, like 18+. In Sweden it is legal to set and age limit for a bar or any type of store as long as it is not in a public mall (there are some other restrictions too). There are some restaurants that was aged 25+ and they are extremely expensive (I am talking 30+ USD for an appetizer!) but that's just how it is.
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