A New VUE: The Arcade 2.0

A New VUE: The Arcade 2.0

Playing games on vacation isn't always easy, unless you're booked at a resort with a VUE.

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That's...interesting. Especially the short time it's open for is just right to keep kids occupied. However, charging for it on top of the high price anyway is pretty steep, even if it is for upkeep. And why are there Macs in the promo shots?

BTW - Typo

the onus of choosing a vacation spot isn't on the parents at all

On the one hand, I'm not sure how I'd feel about letting kids veg in front of a video game when they should be appreciating the vacation. On the other, though, vacations can be pretty stressful for kids, since it pulls them out of a normal routine, and giving them something "normal" to do can make things go a whole lot more smoothly, especially on a long vacation. (We've found that, even though we don't take trips often, we have to limit the length of our stays when we do, because the change in routine is really hard to handle.)

Chrono212:
BTW - Typo

the onus of choosing a vacation spot isn't on the parents at all

Unless it's been fixed already, that's not a typo. Define: onus

I dislike it. Yeah, when I was small I wanted to game in holidays, occasionally dragging my Playstation along, but if I didn't it always turned out for the better.

I don't get it. While I can understand that a lot of people have that 'itch', especially ones that are subscribed to an MMO and have their communities there, I can't understand why you would indulge in something like that. Holidays are supposed to break daily routine and show you some interesting locales, meet new people and relax you. The space looks very friendly and well designed and while it certainly get that 'relax' aspect right, I hope this doesn't spread.

It's pretty genius marketing and I'm sure a lot of kids will be happy to stay there, I can't help feeling like this will be more of a trend.

Actually...if this leads to less people spending time in the normally crowded hotel pools, all the better for me haha.

Greg Tito:

It's only open from 3pm to 9pm, which doesn't seem like a lot of time to get your gaming fix

If you go to a Ritz Carlton that's situated on the beach and spend 6 hours a day playing games you have a problem. I'm serious.

Chrono212:
However, charging for it on top of the high price anyway is pretty steep, even if it is for upkeep.

I'm with you on this one, hotel rooms are pretty steep as-is without this on top. I mean, at least make it complimentary if you're staying in the top-level suites!

On the main topic though, I like the concept, except the Macs. But then again checking your email and updating Facebook is all they're good for in a gaming space anyway.[1]

Oh, and Greg, great description of the room... uh, space... thing:

Greg Tito:
A Microsoft E3 presentation smashed into an Ikea store

Couldn't've described it better myself!

[1] Oh snap!

Liek the Idea, like the pitch, shame thry couldnt have kept a dark corner for the old token arcade games too though that would've made it awesome.

saying that I can't see me using something like thi son holiday unless it was for an evenings wii sports tournament with friends or during one of floridas thunderstorms as an excuse to stay out of the rain (although if i'm away with my girlfried there are much more fun options than MW2 ;) )

It's an interesting idea and marketing pitch, but--as was said--if you spend six hours gaming at a place like that, you've got a problem.

Elec0:
It's an interesting idea and marketing pitch, but--as was said--if you spend six hours gaming at a place like that, you've got a problem.

Yeah, Thats almost like doing a full days work.

Although a novel idea, not the best one I think

I think it's a great idea. Sure one would hope that if you're on a vacation you would limit your game/surfing time, but that's not always the case with kids or, especially, teenagers. As the article said, the parents might want a few hours to themselves.. I know I would if my wife and I had kids and were on a family vacation, and this is a good way to keep the kids occupied. And teenagers, well, there's a good chance at least at first that they might not even want to be there at all, so it lets the family have a good vacation without having to deal with an unhappy teenager for quite as many hours of the day.

Oh, and just because they are open for 6 hours a day doesn't mean that most users are going to sit there for 6 hours. My local grocery store opens from 8am to 11pm, but that doesn't mean when I go shopping I spend 15 hours there.

I wonder how long it'll be till some game company complains about it.

Brotherofwill:
I dislike it. Yeah, when I was small I wanted to game in holidays, occasionally dragging my Playstation along, but if I didn't it always turned out for the better.

I don't get it. While I can understand that a lot of people have that 'itch', especially ones that are subscribed to an MMO and have their communities there, I can't understand why you would indulge in something like that. Holidays are supposed to break daily routine and show you some interesting locales, meet new people and relax you. The space looks very friendly and well designed and while it certainly get that 'relax' aspect right, I hope this doesn't spread.

It's pretty genius marketing and I'm sure a lot of kids will be happy to stay there, I can't help feeling like this will be more of a trend.

Actually...if this leads to less people spending time in the normally crowded hotel pools, all the better for me haha.

Greg Tito:

It's only open from 3pm to 9pm, which doesn't seem like a lot of time to get your gaming fix

If you go to a Ritz Carlton that's situated on the beach and spend 6 hours a day playing games you have a problem. I'm serious.

You are right, vacation is supposed to break daily routine. But the problem that kids often encounter when going on vacation is that it doesn't break daily routine for them. It merely replaces one routine with another....and often a worse one.

I hated going on vacation when I was younger. Actually, no, I didn't hate going on vacation....I hated going on vacation with my parents. Every time we did, it turned into a boring daily routine of waking up, breakfast, beach, snack, beach, showering, dinner, walk, sleep. And this went on and on, every single day. Sure, being on the beach and going on a walk can be fun and it is certainly the whole point of a vacation on the seaside. But you don't want to do it all the time, especially since it can be exhausting to be doing so along with hundreds of others. When it comes to the point that you are having more fun staying at home or staying in your hotel room watching television, you know there is a problem...

So quite frankly, I can sympathise with these kids. Sure, I agree that they shouldn't be spending all their time in an arcade. But if it helps break up the monotony of a vacation routine, I see no harm in going there ocassionally.

As for your satisfying the "itch" comment...well, maybe some people precisely use vacation as a chance to satisfy it. I mean, a lot of people generally have very little free time during their daily lives. So it is not really suprising if they do end up playing a lot during vacation when they do have more free time to spare for such an activity. That said, if they are going to spend their vacation gaming, they might as well spend it at home.

Also, if this becomes a trend, this could very well be the final coup de grāce to arcade gaming in the Western world. Vacation resorts were one of the few remaining places where arcades were still doing well. If these so-called "Arcades 2.0" become a popular trend, the traditional-style arcades will disappear for good.

I thought vacations were supposed to be a way to get away from it all. Sure, I love videogames just as much as everyone else but this is silly. Kids need to pushed into trying new and different things, go out and see what the city has to offer instead of sitting on your ass for the whole trip. Your life is going to be empty and pathetic if you spend all your time on games. I wouldn't have dreamed of going near any games during my 2 weeks in Hawaii.

It would be a good idea if it wasn't for those stupid hours.
Teens really don't have anything to do at night: most things are designed to babysit young children or entertain adults. So when the VUE closes what will they end up doing? Finding a bottle of rum and learning about alcohol poisoning.

Teens stay up past 9 and they don't all play games and zone out on facebook. So I think they need to expand it (kind of make it a dance club too) and the hours.

I think it's great that they are catering to teens for once but they really have to pull their heads out of their asses and try to remember what teenagers are really like.

So maybe instead of griping about how this is a bad idea and how vacations should be spent on other things than video games, parents should do the exact same thing as we constantly tell them to do (ie when a parent gripes about little Johnny playing "Blood Drinking Death Hell Guys"): do some parenting. If we think that the obligation is on the parents to keep their kids from playing M-rated games, then maybe the obligation should be on the parents to make sure their kids aren't spending their whole vacation in the games room.

I think this is a fantastic idea. Rather than being the death-knell of the arcade, this is its new form. For years people have been talking about how console gaming killed the classic arcade, and this is the answer. I don't imagine it will become as common as arcades once were, but I could see something like this taking off in a heavy touristry regions.

Alright count me in, especially if they decide to intergrate Natal as well into their 2.0 Gameroom.

Sounds like an amazing time for me, after 1.5 weeks at some six-star hotel, I am bound to get bored. Unless well, I find a girl to hang out with. But that depends on sheer stupidity and luck and a lil' bit of charm.

This is a cool idea. I do miss the classic arcade though. Glad we have Gameworks in Seattle.

Great idea. I don't usually go on vacation, but when I do, I'm usually stuck in some bungalow park. My younger brother loves swimming so he and my father go to the pool , and my older brother will always somehow find a soccer field but I'm just hanging around the rented bungalow usually - or walking, but that gets stale after a while.. but gaming with other teenagers should be fun.

In the pictures are they trying to game on Macs? Poor, stupid bastards...

Really though, I don't think this is something that fancy hotels need to attract business. This is something that my grandparents' house needed when I was little to prevent me from going crazy of boredom. This is something that trashy hotels in the middle of Kansas need to prevent people from killing each other of boredom. Just silly...

Good idea for any kids who tends around and doesn't have anything better to do. Or probably taken that method from Hong Kong Airport having PS3 up for playing.

I do miss the old arcades though.

Isn't this the sort of thing portables such as the DS or PSP were created for? A bit surprised they aren't mentioned. If you really need to game like this you're highly addicted in my eyes; it's fine wanting to play a bit - and that's what those portable consoles are designed for - quick, accessible games - but what's the point going on vacation if you're going to spend it in front of a TV screen?

However old you are; and it really shouldn't matter, you're not there to play games; games are simply there to stave you from getting bored. If you're bored on vacation you're either a boring person, or too young to explore / appreciate the area and thus your parents aren't the best at planning a vacation in the first place.

Umm...is this yeah or nay?

eh, sounds fun, but I may pass on it all, maybe too retro for my likeing

I dunno.

If you're going on vacation, you should experience new or different things. If you're just going to do what you do at home... why don't you have a "stay-cation" or whatever they call those?

If it is parents bringing their kids, they need to find stuff the kids can do, or leave the kids home.

I guess my point is, if you can do it at home, why spend the money to go somewhere else and do it if it is just the same?

I'm also a little concerned about the way the article started, though I'm hoping it was more tongue-in-cheek than anything else. "Need a gaming fix" sure doesn't help the idea of game not being addictive. Especially when you call it a "hobby"; how many model train enthusiasts go to Paris and have urges and needs to piece some track together? Sure, people play golf and other sports on vacation, because they are new and different places and ways to play. Games are the same no matter where you are.

Also doesn't help the "adults are gamers" concept...

Tom Phoenix:

Brotherofwill:
I dislike it. Yeah, when I was small I wanted to game in holidays, occasionally dragging my Playstation along, but if I didn't it always turned out for the better.

I don't get it. While I can understand that a lot of people have that 'itch', especially ones that are subscribed to an MMO and have their communities there, I can't understand why you would indulge in something like that. Holidays are supposed to break daily routine and show you some interesting locales, meet new people and relax you. The space looks very friendly and well designed and while it certainly get that 'relax' aspect right, I hope this doesn't spread.

It's pretty genius marketing and I'm sure a lot of kids will be happy to stay there, I can't help feeling like this will be more of a trend.

Actually...if this leads to less people spending time in the normally crowded hotel pools, all the better for me haha.

Greg Tito:

It's only open from 3pm to 9pm, which doesn't seem like a lot of time to get your gaming fix

If you go to a Ritz Carlton that's situated on the beach and spend 6 hours a day playing games you have a problem. I'm serious.

You are right, vacation is supposed to break daily routine. But the problem that kids often encounter when going on vacation is that it doesn't break daily routine for them. It merely replaces one routine with another....and often a worse one.

I hated going on vacation when I was younger. Actually, no, I didn't hate going on vacation....I hated going on vacation with my parents. Every time we did, it turned into a boring daily routine of waking up, breakfast, beach, snack, beach, showering, dinner, walk, sleep. And this went on and on, every single day. Sure, being on the beach and going on a walk can be fun and it is certainly the whole point of a vacation on the seaside. But you don't want to do it all the time, especially since it can be exhausting to be doing so along with hundreds of others. When it comes to the point that you are having more fun staying at home or staying in your hotel room watching television, you know there is a problem...

So quite frankly, I can sympathise with these kids. Sure, I agree that they shouldn't be spending all their time in an arcade. But if it helps break up the monotony of a vacation routine, I see no harm in going there ocassionally.

As for your satisfying the "itch" comment...well, maybe some people precisely use vacation as a chance to satisfy it. I mean, a lot of people generally have very little free time during their daily lives. So it is not really suprising if they do end up playing a lot during vacation when they do have more free time to spare for such an activity. That said, if they are going to spend their vacation gaming, they might as well spend it at home.

Also, if this becomes a trend, this could very well be the final coup de grāce to arcade gaming in the Western world. Vacation resorts were one of the few remaining places where arcades were still doing well. If these so-called "Arcades 2.0" become a popular trend, the traditional-style arcades will disappear for good.

Yeah this is what I was thinking. I mean when I was a kid camping trips with the parents was basically an excercise in chores and babysitting without any of the comforts of your own home. Yes it seems extremely silly that kids will be taken on vacation and just want to sit around and play video games, but we have to remember that it's us the adults that need the break and want to get away from the day to day grind and relax. For kids/teens, especially gamers with how effective the entertainment with games have become, not only do they not need the same sort of break they may actually enjoy their usually day to day routine, and may not want the interuption.

Actually even as an adult whenever there's going to be a 'family gathering' somewhere I still bring at least one book and usually end up shutting myself in and reading most of the time.

This sounds suspiciously like a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAN_gaming_center

Chrono212:
That's...interesting. Especially the short time it's open for is just right to keep kids occupied. However, charging for it on top of the high price anyway is pretty steep, even if it is for upkeep. And why are there Macs in the promo shots?

BTW - Typo

the onus of choosing a vacation spot isn't on the parents at all

The iMacs are referenced in the article. It's clear they are going for a type of classy atmosphere and don't want any windows Frankstien-esqe towers bring the place down!

I kid I kid!

I know when I'm on vacation I'd occasionally like "a room with a VUE"

Bad puns aside, even though I'm plenty old enough to take in local culture, chit-chat with other vacationers, or whatever else, sometimes I need that time to relax with a game. Then I don't come home thinking about how "I need a vacation from my vacation." (Admit it, you've all heard someone say that.)

This looks like exactly what my dormitory building has in its basement: pretty much the single greatest reason to live in the dorms here, ALL free with school ID card.

http://www.hfs.washington.edu/dining/location.aspx?id=348
Oh, and all the widescreen monitors are hooked up to steam accounts with all the latest games installed.

I would actually like to go to a place like that if only once and if for no other reason than just to see how long it takes before I see a twelve year screaming profanity at some one over their mic.

I wish we had that when my family went to Turkey.
All I had to do was walk around being annoyed by the heat or swim in the pool, which was kinda redundant, seeing as I was already freediving back home at that point.
Going 70 billion miles and end up doing what I do almost every day anyway, without the option to play games, yay.

 

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