Monday, October 1, 2012

We Are Not Amused


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No work and no play makes Jack a null boy.

Sigh.

Source Data:
St. Louis Fed: Custom Chart

4 comments:

Troy said...

Zynga, Rovio, PopCap, even ol' Blizzard.

Sigh.

I went to newegg yesterday and put together this basic system:

http://i.imgur.com/vMJRg.png

This is the partial COTS BOM for a two-station arcade game, each station having its own top of the line nvidia card driving 3 23" displays.

At $5500+, this is rather expensive, but with a 30 month service life that works out to $200/mo capital cost, $10/day

There's actually a RaceRoom near me -- http://www.raceroom.net/news/raceroom-fresno-grand-opening that has a similar idea.

I respect their focus on racing but that's not my thing. When I was in Japan I had the opportunity to work next to the operators of the Japanese Red Planet LBE simulators.

That pretty much sucked, along with the rest of the VR 1990s thing, but I'd like to think today's hardware could do amazing VR if we built it!

But as it stands now, it takes $5 of gas for me to even get to Race Room and back.

One location that might work well for LBE is Tesla's stupid recharging centers. If rich people are going to be stuck in a place for an hour, they'll easily blow $10-20 on a good game, especially since they don't have to pay for the fill-up ,LOL.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Troy,

Virtual reality for the win!

Or not. I guess it just depends how you look at it.

One can't exactly make money running a real restaurant located near a virtual roller coaster.

Sigh.

Troy said...

http://www.geek.com/articles/games/prison-architect-paid-alpha-makes-100000-in-three-days-2012101/

Stagflationary Mark said...

Prison Architect?

If that isn't a sign of the apocalypse then I don't know what is, lol. Sigh.