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12:23 CST :: 3/31/2010

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yeah dude an arcade alone won't cut it...

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12:35 CST :: 3/31/2010

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So you're talking about maybe a Bar & Grill? I'm hoping the main focus could be arcade games but a restaurant could be used as a primary source.

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12:42 CST :: 3/31/2010

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Definitely look into offering something more than just an arcade service. That way your clientele is not limited...

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13:39 CST :: 3/31/2010

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I'm trying to make it simple. There are tons of food places in malls so I wanted to avoid something that may involve that. However something abstract and not in the mall sounds good.

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15:23 CST :: 3/31/2010

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I understand your dream, because I share it. I have looked into the costs of opening my own arcade with my dad, who has had similar success to yours. We had a lot picked out but were hesitant because of the arcade scene falling apart. It's still on the table and I feel it would be successful because there are no arcades anywhere within an hour radius, but my dad and I came to the conclusion also that there would have to be more of a draw than just machines to play on.

The big thing, I think, is tournaments. Arcades are dying because the social gaming scene is dying. You can play online at home with Team Speak or Steam without having to pump quarters in a machine. However, I've personally gone hours out of my way before to show up at a tournament, and usually when you go to a tournament you don't go alone.

So having unique tournaments, events (D&Bs are packed on Wednesdays because of their half-price off Wednesdays), and something that can draw them in besides just machines will go a long way, I believe.

Good luck and keep your dream but try to be really realistic about it. :)

15:36 CST :: 3/31/2010

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Thanks Zozoken, I wanted to also hold a console room that will have monthly bimonthly tournaments such as Melee, Brawl, MW2, Halo, etc. There are a few Cyber Cafes around here that do that and are extremely successful. I am also looking into a small Corner for computer games / internet browsing. I think all of this is a good idea but it would be so hard to keep it going.

I have years ahead to think it through when I finish my BS, and if the economy picks up again I look forward to doing that.


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03:34 CST :: 4/01/2010

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I actually think that combining a LAN party/cyber cafe setup with the traditional arcades might work well.  A LAN party is great fun.  I've heard from a few friends that, in Korea, a lot of cyber cafes even provide drinks and snacks to keep you there due to how competitive cyber cafes are.  I do think a pure arcade will struggle, so you need something alongside the arcade, cyber cafe or other means such as food, alcohol, etc.

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10:52 CST :: 4/01/2010

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Opening up an arcade in general is a god awful idea. Entire gaming companies that have been around for 70+ years have folded because arcades are NOT profitable anymore. Console games can, for the most part, recreate the same experience that arcade machines can, for a tiny fraction of the price. Unless you're opening a Bar/Grill or PC cafe FIRST and having a few arcade games on the side, instead of the other way around, this is a HORRIBLE idea and will not turn a profit.

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22:02 CST :: 4/01/2010

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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.


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22:30 CST :: 4/01/2010

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Quote (cpubasic13 @ 11:38 CST :: 3/31/2010)
btw Gameworks shut down like half of their locations the other day

Actually, they weren't shut down. At least some of them were bought by a different company, like the one in Indianapolis.

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