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Anyone plan on donating to Otaku?

By gottguy

1 year ago

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    #25 1 year ago

    I live near this guy. He's obviously a clown, although the $10/hr admission is in line with other semi-local arcades here. No way in hell would I donate money to fund a private venture like this. Most do a $10/hr~$25/day model and do okay. His problem is that he is located on a road where there is no such thing as foot traffic. Anyone that goes there is going to have to drive there. I'd be shocked if this thing ever gets off the ground if he doesn't even have 6k to invest and get his building up to code. Here is a local newspaper article on the matter. He also posted to Reddit. Gotta love how the location is "top secret due to security reasons".


    #26 1 year ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    The games are mostly garbage. Kid has never paid more than $100 for a game so you can be sure he ain't exactly getting the prides of the fleet.

    Does he even have any non-EM pins?

    #91 1 year ago

    I would at least change the name of the place to something that does not sound so "confusing" when spoken aloud. Lancaster county outside the city proper is really_ conservative.

    #106 1 year ago
    Quoted from Otaku:

    Also, I'm aware replying here is almost a waste of time, so I won't be reading or replying to this thread after this.


    #184 1 year ago
    Quoted from Humph:

    Agreed on the $10/hr figure - I would never pay this either.
    In the Pacific Northwest, the only time I've paid on a per hour basis was $5/hr at a barcade in Bend, OR that served beer and had 10 or so SS & DMD pins as well as many arcade games. The recent Tacoma, WA pin show charged $25 (11.5 hrs) & $30 (13.5 hrs) of 400+ pin/arcade play for the first two days (that's about $2.25/hr).
    Examples of no admission/pay per game with lots of pinball choices are the PHOF in Vegas with 400+ pin/arcade games (0.50-$1 per play, I believe), Blair Alley in Eugene, OR, some 30 pins of all eras & also arcade games (0.25-$1 per play), and Level Up (also in Eugene) with some 25 DMDs all at 0.50/play plus arcade games.
    A little more math --
    Many newer DMD titles I've seen are $1/play or $2/3 plays -- at these rates, for $10 you can buy 10-15 plays.
    Can you squeeze in 10-15 plays in an hour ? (that's one game every 4-6 minutes).
    Unless you drain every ball quickly and don't learn from any mistakes, I find this hard to do and thus not worth anywhere near a $10/hour fee.
    EM & SS titles are generally 0.25-0.50/per play, so you'd have to squeeze in 20-40 games in 1 hour to equal a $10/hr admission fee - impossible (well, for most).
    Hell, I wouldn't even have time to drink a beer and most barcades do serve beer.
    Granted, some large pinball museums charge admission fees so one can experience an expectedly huge variety of games, but a small private arcade w/ only EMs (& probably no beer served) at $10/hr -- no way, much better choices out there.

    Timeline Arcade York/Hanover: $10/hr, $25/day

    Pinball Gallery in Malvern $8/hr, $20/day

    Morristown Game Vault: $10/hr $25/5 hours.

    This is his competition...the model works here on the east coast. But I doubt he will have many returning pinball customers if all he has are beat EM's.

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