I have been thinking for a long time now about putting some money back and buying arcade machines to open my own place. A post on the front page got me thinking that I can ask a ton of people what they think about them nowadays right here.
First a bit of background info.
I live in a town that is basically part of Indianapolis, Indiana (south of it but basically part of it). And this idea came about when me and some of my friends were driving around town with money in our pockets and nothing fun to do. There really are no places for people of middle school to high school age to hang out.
The only place that has an arcade is a place called Great Times. They at one point in time had all of the old sweet ass games like KI2 and Area 51 but since the whole violent video game thing sprang up have since moved towards making the place more "family friendly", I.E. it sucks ass.
So I did some looking around and found that alot of older arcade machines sell for fairly cheap since most arcades no longer want to carry games that may be of questionable nature. Examples of this are MK2 for $150 KI2 for $250, etc.
And at this point in time major road construction has drove the property value on Main Street, an area where just about every kid in town could make it to, to the lowest they have been in a long time. But as soon as they are done making all the stupid towers and shit the value is gona jump.
Also, I talked to some of the managers at Great Times and they said that they still have their arcade boards somewhere. I might be able to pick them up cheap.
This sounds like a good idea, but I am afraid that if I gamble and dive into this I may screw myself. If I do try, I have to go in %110 to break even. If it fails I could end up in debt.
I'm just scared that I open up and see nothing but an empty arcade. I don't think I could take that.
So what do you guys think? What kind of games would you want, what would you do, how would you do it?
I figure who better to ask then a buncha gamers.