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22:33 CST :: 4/01/2010

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Quote (Noodles @ 14:39 CST :: 3/31/2010)
However something abstract and not in the mall sounds good.

OBT, right next to where all the hookers are. That way, you get peoples attention when they attempt to pick up a hooker. "Miss, how much do you charge?" "$500 an hour" "Too much, sorry. Ooohh, a cyber cafe... And they have Pump... WOO!"

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22:46 CST :: 4/01/2010

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Quote (Pumper Zero @ 23:02 CST :: 4/01/2010)
Well, me and my friend will be opening an Arcade this month...

This was my dream for years and now I'm finally able to fulfill it.


If you have a dream and think you're able to make it happen, then go for it.

After visiting Rio a few times, I can tell those arcades are highly profitable. They are always jammed packed.

And I love the token system (weird-ass cut on the tokens, ha ha)


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09:55 CST :: 4/02/2010

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Brazil is a completely different market. It appeals to people because they A) have a greater sense of community and B) generally can't afford the insane home console setups that people in America have.

10:08 CST :: 4/02/2010

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Quote (Turkeyslam @ 10:55 CST :: 4/02/2010)
Brazil is a completely different market. It appeals to people because they A) have a greater sense of community and B) generally can't afford the insane home console setups that people in America have.

i.e. - PS3 costs R$1,000, roughly $600 :s

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11:33 CST :: 4/02/2010

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To be honest, the "arcade fever" here in Brazil started to fade in the late 90's, with the introduction of better home consoles and lan houses.

Arcades turned out to be something that pleasures only a niche market here in Brazil too, but this doesn't mean that an Arcade house can't be sucessfull; You just need to know how to explore this market.

You can't put a bunch of crappy machines with old games in a dirty place, charge R$ 1,00 for one credit and expect people to play, like I saw many times.



* Just to clarify, I'm speaking about the Brazilian market. :P


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12:27 CST :: 4/02/2010

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Brazil is a completely different market. It appeals to people because they A) have a greater sense of community and B) generally can't afford the insane home console setups that people in America have.

i.e. - PS3 costs R$1,000, roughly $600 :s

1000? It's way more than that. I remember at one point it was R$3000+.

14:29 CST :: 4/02/2010

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Quote (Pumper Zero @ 13:33 CST :: 4/02/2010)
To be honest, the "arcade fever" here in Brazil started to fade in the late 90's, with the introduction of better home consoles and lan houses.

Arcades turned out to be something that pleasures only a niche market here in Brazil too, but this doesn't mean that an Arcade house can't be sucessfull; You just need to know how to explore this market.

You can't put a bunch of crappy machines with old games in a dirty place, charge R$ 1,00 for one credit and expect people to play, like I saw many times.



* Just to clarify, I'm speaking about the Brazilian market. :P

That's the thing, though. If you know how to explore your market, then you already know what you're doing. But no matter the quality of the machines, no matter the niche market, no matter how many people say "I'll come every day!", any standalone arcade opening in the US recently or soon WILL fail.

As far as music/rhythm games go, places like Arcade Infinity in Cali only work because it's an established place where the market for music games was and is ENORMOUS. They jumped on the wagon when music gaming took off and that's the only reason they're still in business. It's THE spot to go for music games in the states. They know how to cater to the regulars by getting new versions when they come out, when old mixes get old. How many people do you see making trips to Orlando solely to play arcade music games? Your place won't change that.

It has to be a side attraction instead of the main event. Make the bulk of your money from something else and have arcade machines as a bonus.


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14:58 CST :: 4/02/2010

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Quote (Turkeyslam @ 09:27 CST :: 4/02/2010)
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Quote (Turkeyslam @ 10:55 CST :: 4/02/2010)
Brazil is a completely different market. It appeals to people because they A) have a greater sense of community and B) generally can't afford the insane home console setups that people in America have.

i.e. - PS3 costs R$1,000, roughly $600 :s

1000? It's way more than that. I remember at one point it was R$3000+.

The official price for a PS3 Slim (250GB HDD) is R$ 1.799,00, but it can be found for something around R$ 1.000,00 when it is not legally imported.


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22:37 CST :: 4/02/2010

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Since your going to UCF, why not try to put your Machine in the Student Union Center? They have an arcade that is right next to a place call Wacko's, which is a bar and grill that also has pool tables. A lot of students like to hang out in the Student Union areas and the machine is going to get exposure and its in a good location.

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19:03 CST :: 5/18/2010

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Quote (Noodles @ 11:04 CST :: 3/31/2010)
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Dude, arcades are dead. The industry's dead. It's financial suicide even backed up by your dad.

That's all I wanted to know, whether it's a good idea or not.


The Florida Mall is in the heart of Orlando is literally packed everyday. It is a major tourist spot as well as local spot. Most businesses there stay in business. There were only a few places that I know of left (Such as FYE, a CD/DVD store.). There are no arcades in the mall, but there are a couple on the side of town that still stay open.


I wanted to get an idea of how are arcades around in everyone's area.

No it's not.

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