UPDATE: Check http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7787794&postcount=269 for the latest developments.
Hello there. I have lurked these forums for a long time, and now I want to ask for your help. I am planning to open a new arcade in the San Francisco bay area. I have a majority of the financing lined up and I have a few locations in mind. But in order to really pull the trigger on this, I need data. A lot of it.
First, a little on the goals of the place I envision. I want to make this a player’s arcade. That means no ticket games, no cheap trinkets, none of those thinly veiled versions of slot machines for children. I want to offer entertainment that will stick with people. Just like a good movie stays with you and makes you think about it throughout the week, I want to offer games that will “stay” in much the same fashion. That means the games have to be substantive and offer a unique experience for the people who come and play it. The list of games is as follows:
*Street Fighter 4 (4 linked hi res cabs)
*Blaz Blue (2 linked hi res cabs)
*Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion (2 linked hi res cabs)
*Gundam vs. Gundam (4 linked cabs)
*Marvel vs. Capcom 2
*Capcom vs. SNK 2
*Street Fighter 3 : 3rd Strike
*Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo
*Neo Geo multi (King of Fighters 98, Garou Mark of the Wolves, The *Last Blade 2, Metal Slug 3, all of these of course variable)
*Possibly 1 or 2 large dedicated cabinets like Dance Dance Revolution or Initial D or the like.
As I mentioned before, I want this to be a player’s arcade. So this list will change with the wishes of the players. As well, for the players there will be weekly tournaments and prizes for things like single credit clearing the various scrolling shooters, posting videos online of tournaments, ect ect.
So in order to get an idea of what is important to you, I am asking for no more than 2 mintues of your time in filling out 6 questions in this survey:
NOTE: SURVEY UPDATED
But perhaps just as important as catering to the already established players, this place will only thrive if it can bring in NEW gamers, and show them that the arcade can offer unique things that the home experience cannot. Any ideas concerning that would be very helpful. Some ideas I have are:
Hold “clinics” for various games where a number of people could pay a set amount, the particular game would be turned to free play, and the people who signed up could play on it for a block of time (both winner and loser would have to get off, increasing rotaton and playtime for everyone).
Keep games updated and rotating, so that the same crowd doesn’t just rule over the same set of games. Everyone will have to learn something new once in a while.
I am also considering secondary sources of income such as:
- Snacks and drinks, really a given.
- Offering a small showcase/shelf space for people who make custom sticks and the like
- Offering arcade parts.
Please keep any ideas you might have coming along. And please circulate the survey to as many people as you know who might be interested. The more data I have, the better I can know if this can (or cannot) work.
P.S. Check out post(s) #77 and #161 for additional discussion of points.