The title itself doesn’t tell much, but i have connections to the general manager of Lucky Strike and we can really push some influence and create something really big here if we try.
Basically, there’s a fairly popular bar and small bowling alley in the semi-new Lincoln Square down in Bellevue (right across from Bellevue Square). I dunno how many of you guys have been there but it is a pretty nice place. Now I’ve been told that the manager has already decided on opening a big area in the back of the bar area and turning it into a bit of an arcade.
Now, if we (through me, I guess) get involved with this, we can really make something great happen. Of course he’s gonna put in DDR and like police 911 since seeing people do that while drunk is probably funny as hell, but with an sf4 cab, or possibly two, it’s entirely possible that we can see exciting events similar to that of Street Fighter Barfights, or even with two setups and their xbox 360 + big tv they already have, entire tournaments at this place. I’m imagining the big great group we have at preppopolis every other week, and placing this big group in a great bar with lights, a sick DJ, bowling lanes, and most importantly, a REAL crowd and audience of regular people who can learn how exciting competitive video gaming really can be. How cool would it be to tell some chicks your friend just introduced you to that they should come by lucky strike on x day to watch a street fighter tournament that you’ll be kickin’ ass in?
This is something that doesn’t benefit me (firstly because i’ve got a few years to go before 21, and secondly because i’m gonna leave to toronto for college as september starts) but something that I would really love to see happen. I want to bring the excitement that we go through so often, magnify it with a great atmosphere, and bring it to “the people”.
Now what I propose is that, if we can get details on what would be needed in order for such events to occur, we can bring these to the manager, along with the promise that if he holds these events, we can give them a show. Questions like, “Where do we really get SF4 cabs, how much do they cost, and do they have video out so that we can put this on the TVs or a projector for people to actually watch and see?”, “Do we have to have more than one cabinet, or would it be better to have just one cabinet for the arcade, and run tournaments on console?”, “Can we reliably get good commentators available for these events?”, and “Would Lucky Strike contributing to make bigger pot prizes be a good idea? Can we bring in bigger and bigger audiences for this to be profitable?” are all questions that need to be answered if we want to see this become a reality.
Anyway I just want some feedback on this, if worse comes to worse and no one is particularly excited about the idea I’ll just talk to Vince and tell him what possibilities lie here, and then maybe lead him here to this forum to any questions he needs to ask himself. The worst thing I can see this being is that we get another place just 15 min east of downtown with an SF4 cab that we can gather at that’s right next to two nice malls, cheaper food, and free parking. Also possibly a marvel cab or whatever else he decides by chance to put there that is worth playing.