Its only been about 80 years since the last time I posted on SRK but but I needed to check something in the philly players thread.
ANYWAY, There is a fairly easy even if it seems counterproductive way to solve the scrub problem, the difficult learning curve problem the lack of new players problem in the troubled arcade scene.
BUY MORE GAMES, Not different games, the same.
With some new games just coming out and right around the corner I thought I would throw this out there again.
There are 4 MVC2 cabinets at University Pinball (The only reason there aren’t 5 anymore is because the 5th one was acting stupid.) If you think this is insane so did everyone the day the two new MVC2s showed up ,bringing the total to 5.
Anyway with this many machines (at least 3) everyone wins
Scrubs: mash buttons happily and pay the bill for the arcade
Mid level players: have both a place to play without the worry not having any chance to win and a place to watch better people play and ask them for help. They even jump in everyonce in a while to test out what they’ve learned.
High level players: get to do what they always do without costing the arcade a huge source of income (scrubs) while they play
Having multiple cabinets allows more than one community to exist within the same game at the same arcade. There are ALOT of mid level players who come to the arcade on a near daily basis that would never play if there was only one machine here. Sometimes someone will playsomeone they Clearly know they can beat but then the person who loses always has the option to move to another machine. No one (here at least) is enough of an ass to follow someone from machine to machine beating them.
Why do you need at least 3 machines because every once and a while a machine is going to break, a button, a joystick or whatever when this to learn and if your mid level players have their hours of competitive play broken up constantly because a button on the other machinhappens the high level players need somewhere else to play without kicking the mid level players off their machine. You need to provide a fun stable place for peoplee is out they will eventually get tired off it and stop playing.
It isn’t uncommon to come in when there are only about 20 people in the arcade and find all 4 MVC2 machines in use and I know some of it is due to the fact that it is MVC2 but its mostly due to the fact that people can enjoy their level of play competitively.
Cabinet 1: MSP vs team scrub - Unfly, infinites, guard breaks
Cabinet 2: all top teir character but now really intense combos maybe a second or even a third AHVB ever once in a while
Cabinet 3: High level player playing low teir - because everyonce in a while you get so sick of seeing Cable you want to punch someone.
Cabinet 4: who knows what the heel is going on over here one guy has Amingo, all of his characters have the worst assist type. and the other person is just smacking buttons but they are having fun
And here is the best part for an arcade owner EACH OF THE FOUR MACHINES MAKES MORE MONEY THAN ALMOST ANY PLACE WITH ONLY ONE MVC2 MACHINE.
There are alot of good games coming out and I would hate to see them die early because of a lack of new players.