HMV to launch in-store Xbox 360 multi-player centre
Gaming Zone to open in Edinburgh
If your missus nags you about spending too long on your Xbox 360, then HMV’s establishing a safe haven for you. On Friday, it’s opening its first in-store gaming room, allowing gamers to try before they buy or just giving them a place to relax while their other-half hits the High Street.
Called the HMV Gaming Zone, it will contain 27 Xbox 360 consoles connected to Samsung HD TVs. Users pay either £3 (€4/$6) or £5 (€6/$10) for a one- or three-hour slot, respectively. Gamers can either play alone, with up to 16 others in the Zone, or over Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.
HMV said it plans to host tournaments, with one scheduled soon for Halo 3. It claimed players will have access to "all the latest games".
Little 'uns won’t be able to use the Gaming Zone as a way of playing age-restricted games, though, because HMV will be asking for ID or parental consent before allowing players in.
The Gaming Zone opens in HMV’s Princes Street, Edinburgh store on 19 October. A spokesman for the retailer told Register Hardware that the firm may expand the Zone into other stores - and to additional consoles - if it proves popular.
Son of a bitch..
...had that idea months ago :(
Time to arm the HMV staff...
They're going to need to be toting plenty of air freshner and deodorant to prevent "normal" customers from being turned away from the store by the stench of gaming geeks.
Anyone who's been into any Gamestation store recently will know what I mean and they only have two consoles setup to play on.
Finally someone willing to start a console gaming cafe! now I can call people that they are twats to their face after I slay them with my GoW Chainsaw and shout out loud what im going to do to their mothers!... well thats what the americans do on live.
We've come a long way...
10 print "Dixons is crap" (or whichever store you were hanging around in)
20 goto 10
and running the program as well as running out of the shop!