I'm pretty excited about this! I might try to make it up the week after pax to play a bunch. The hardware in it makes it great for future upgrades! Lets hope Pop'n 19 is compatible with old cabinets though.
I went by today and there's been a bit of a machine shuffle. The small shmup games are now in the centre, the Pop'n machine is right next to the coin machine now, there's a large-format Marvel vs Capcom 2 now, as well as a large-format Capcom vs SNK 2 that's only partially assembled as of today. Also, it could have been like this for a while, but the Guitar Freaks machine is $0.75 instead of $1.00 now. Some of the other machines have been changed out as well, but I don't remember the details.
Anyway, I love this arcade! So far I've gone every weekend since I moved here and it's a habit I plan on keeping.
Are there any more success measures that you can provide? I know you're not there anywhere near constantly and PG obviously has multiple employees, so it can be hard to gather some of the following, but: - Does everybody play a few games then leave, or are there some people who stick around for a long time? - Returning players (not from the forum)? - Dead during the day and busy at night, or is it an all-day flow of players? - Are most games getting good amounts of play, or is concentrated on two or three games?
Sure, I'll try my best, though I'm not there all day so it's hard for me to answer some of these questions. I would say that play on the DDR seems pretty evenly split between people whose names I know from the forum and just random people who stumble upon it. There are some really good (by my standards) players in the "randoms" group, too! People do seem to come specifically for that game and park themselves on it for a while.
It definitely seems to pick up at night, but honestly our experiments at staying open late have flopped a bit. It seems like it's worth it up untiol 9 or 10, but the couple of nights that we planned on staying open until midnight we ended up just closing early because it was so dead. It kinda sucks, I was hoping we could get a bit of a late-night scene going on. Maybe this will change as people continue to discover the place. We are staying open LATE tonight because there's a Penny Arcade signing event happening at the UW bookstore across the street, and we're hoping to leech some people off of it.
As for actual numbers, I won't get too specific but I'll say that DDR is earning the most by about 2x the next closest game's numbers. Pop'n Music is second, and third is amazingly not Marvel vs Capcom, not Crazy Taxi, not TMNT, but.. Armed Police Batrider?! Exciting stuff for me, since a big goal of mine is to get a nice little shmup players scene hanging out at the arcade. Hopefully I'll have more games for them soon. Also, new addition Star Wars seems to be kicking ass so far, but we won't really know the concrete numbers until Friday when we collect.
Other news for those who don't know -- I added my lovingly restored Medieval Madness pinball machine to the arcade! I don't know if any of you are into pinball, but if you are it's about as good as they get. Also, we have a Twitter set up and supposedly Facebook is coming soon (it's out of my hands). You can follow the Twitter here: http://twitter.com/PGArcade
Yup! And after they close each night there are usually groups of people hanging around outside wanting to come in, which is a pretty good sign too!
STAR WARS and Robotron: 2084 are in, Asteroids and Ms Pac are out. Replacement versions of Asteroids and Ms Pac are both coming soon, so if you're into those games don't fret! We just had to make a clean break from the old op. All games in the store are mine now.
Pinball coming very soon (probably this weekend) -- just one game to start but it's a really, really good one.
I've heard one of the Pop'n buttons is sticking sometimes, so I'll be checking that out ASAP. It's a hard issue to combat permanently, but I'll give it my best.
We're staying open until at least 11 tonight, possibly midnight, as a trial run of new hours. If you're into later-night gaming, come out tonight and show the bosses that it's a worthwhile change for them to make!
Seems pretty sweet so far. It'd be cool if someone had a IIDX cabinet eventually to put into this place, but I'm sure it would be better to invest that kind of money into upgrades to say the Pop'n cabinet down the line.
If you do put your Extreme cab in, I'd like to second having 4th Plus or 5th Mix. I'm pretty tired of EXTREME, its good and all, but most of the stuff in it... sans the licenses is playable in SN2. If Suko could get his ITG2 cab in there too, that would be really cool.
I'm happy about Mr. Driller G, always loved Mr. Driller. If you have Puzzle Fighter, that would always be fun to have in there too, especially if someone were to throw a Puzzle Fighter tournament or something.
I have high hopes for this place because the guy who sold me my Pop'n machine is involved, and he knows his shit. He has also said that he is going to keep in touch with management about the possibility of letting me run a tournament. 8D
For those who think that this thread is worthless without pics... I will be there taking them in an hour. <3