Archive for May 2, 2008

Starting your own arcade (Part 2)

May 2, 2008

(Click here for Part 1)

I haven’t had a lot of time to get to the second part of the Starting your own arcade discussion but I sat down this morning and put my thoughts down in the AH forum. It is a really long post and I won’t repeat it here but hopefully it is helpful and can generate further discussion that prospective operators will find helpful. I did repeat a little of what I talked about last time but I’ve gone into a lot more detail and basically condensed my whole experience into that post (yes there is even more than that but I had to get to a point where I was done for today 😛 ). I talk about what got me interested in arcades int he first place, about collecting games, about designing a business plan with some details on how I created the financial projections for it, a little bit about investing and capital, registering the business, dealing with the city, getting an SBA Loan and finding a location. Hopefully it’s a good read and if that’s not enough it also links to a thread on another forum that is about 25 pages long and covers my experiences over the past two years in getting this put together.

[Starting an arcade thread in the Arcade Heroes Forum]

More details on video game violence from Greater Good Magazine

May 2, 2008

Today I’ve heard a lot about GTAIV and people bringing up the subject again of violence in games and is it healthy or not and if games should be banned. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing about it for a little while longer where it will die down until the next violent event or game comes along it will flare up again. Well if you find yourself in an argument about it and you’re looking to defend games or just understand the subject better, then the folks at Greater Good Magazine have released some articles written by accredited psychologists that take a well-balanced look at games and their psychological effects on people and the results shed a more positive light on violent games than people (especially those in the media) generally hold in their hearts.

First is an essay about playing – not games necessarily, just the need for people and especially kids to just go out and play. It starts by saying that “Play is rapidly disappearing from our homes, our schools and our neighborhoods” and goes onto advocate why we need to play. I have been hearing more and more lately about schools removing recess from their curriculum thinking that they are doing kids a favor by “protecting them” which is probably the most absurd thing I have heard – this article helps point out why this trend is foolish. And for as much as I love games and played them as a kid, I also loved going outside to play, either by myself or with friends. Check out Can We Play?

Next is Playing the Blame Game. This is all about video games, in particular violent games and dispelling common myths surrounding their effects on players. I enjoyed this one as it is balanced, pointing out where some concerns are legitimate but also pointing out where critics are simply wrong or overstate the facts. This one also mentions a time when a certain US state tried to ban violent games in arcades and how it failed.

[via Greater Good Magazine] [Discuss on the Forum]

Continuing on my quest to open an arcade – tomorrow could be it

May 2, 2008

If you read this site regularly then you know that I am trying to open my own arcade. You know that I have been trying to get into a strip mall owned by Sears and that they have been dragging their feet since I submitted a letter of intent way back in November. And you know that they have been stringing me along, making promises that never were kept. Well I’ve moved on from Sears as I have found a different location and one that I most likely will be entering into tomorrow, assuming everything goes well. Of course so far working with the landlords/management of the new location has been a million times faster than Sears so that is a plus.

The new location is at a local mall which has begun a redevelopment project to modernize the building and add even more businesses to the area. A Costco already opened up directly to the south of the mall and the two share a parking lot; businesses like the Olive Garden, T.G.I.Fridays and Jamba Juice will be moving with the new development and the location is has an outside entrance and is right next to a Red Robin restaurant. The outside entrance is a big plus – because of it I get more flexibility in hours than other businesses at the mall. I can stay open later than the 9PM closing time for the rest of the building. It’s also only $2450/month which isn’t too bad for a space that’s 1856 sq. ft. which also includes a bathroom and even a tiny kitchen (which will make a decent break room I suppose). It also has three closets right next to each other – which I don’t need so I’ll see about removing two of them so I can use that space for games. The spot is location B162 in the graphic there, which of course doesn’t reveal much at the moment.

If I get the keys tomorrow I will go along with my camera and get some pics or video for the site where I will then begin documenting the process so you can see it transform from the empty space that it is into an arcade. It should be fun – the only problem will then be getting a business license and then attracting people to come and play. Stay tuned…

[Discuss on the Forum]