A solution for the no-console blues
Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in Features
For those among you that are suffering from the no-console blues, there is a solution. Located on Highway 280, the Vulcan Gamebox has a solution. Imagine an arcade, except instead of being filled with retro cabinets, the arcade has every next-generation console and plenty of games.
This is a concept that has been taking off across the United States as consoles have become very expensive to buy, expecially for people who are not habitual gamers. For those of us that don’t constantly need to satisfy our fix for gaming, the Gamebox is the perfect place for you. With low hourly rates of 3 dollars per hour, the Gamebox is pretty affordable with a wide selection of games. However, they seem to carry a lot more multiplayer games than single-player games. The idea seems to be that the majority of people will be coming to the store in order to have a first-person shooter party.
The calander and opening hours are synced with UAB’s caladar. Unfortunately, this means that if UAB’s doors are closed in the event of inclement weather, the Gamebox will also close it’s doors, so there is no chance of running there in order to seek refuge from the elements with the likes of Halo 4 and Call of Duty.
The Gamebox clearly spent big bucks on setting up their gaming atmosphere. Although I wasn’t able to get a hold of the owner, the employees there were very proud of the Gamebox’s tech. Instead of sharing screens at the gamebox, every console has its own and is connected via a LAN network. Also, each console is enabled for online multiplayer for the gamers with a more competitive spirit that can only be satisfied by dominating other players online. With such an extensive network, the Gamebox is the perfect place for a multiplayer gaming party. In fact, they have offers for those who want to book the place over night and blast each other endlessly in multiplayer games. If the overnight thing isn’t for you, there are also daily party rates. Furthermore, the Gamebox has a selection of PC games although to my eye, the emphasis definitely seemed to be on the big box games.
The Gamebox touts the superior value that their service provides when compared to buying a new title for $60. With the majority of videogames being played for an average of 20 hours, the Gamebox offers much more game time for the same amount of time. And unlike buying games at a store, your $60 will go to a much wider selection of games instead of locking you into one title for the next few weeks.
The Gamebox also makes strides to be productive members of the community. They host tournaments for various fundraisers, and also host lock-ins for youths and adults in the community on Friday nights.
The Gamebox is a brilliant concept, but there is one problem with it. It is nowhere near the Vulcan. In fact, it is actually pretty far for broke college students to go. When I drove to the site, it took me about an eighth of a tank of gas. If the gamebox were a bit closer, it would definitely be the perfect package.