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10:37 AM on 09.26.2009

Need Help! Need Ideas from the Community

It's been some time since I have posted here on Dtoid. Reason being, I opened up a bar in Atlanta over a year ago and have been swamped with planning, promoting, drinking, sexing, working, and other various "ings". Feel free to check out my website or if you live in the Atlanta area, stop by for a beer.

Now, with the whole "help" thing. I am trying to plan a Game Night on Tuesday's to increase some business. We have four 52" 1080p screens around the main bar, and a 100inch HD projector in our front room. We currently use the projector for Wii and Xbox360 games, mainly Rock Band/Guitar Hero and Wii Sports. People really enjoy it, but I think we can do more. With my love of the gaming, I want to plan a night full of retro games, new releases, crappy video game movies, high score contests, etc...

Here is a list we have come up with, and this is where I need the communities help. MORE INPUT!

Retro Games:
Set-up one NES or SNES & one Sega console. Have a high score contest running on each console all night. Galaga, Pacman, Tetris, Sonic, Mario Games, Punchout, Contra, games of fairly high popularity that people will remember playing as a kid. We would give away a $10 gift card or bar tab, maybe just give them a beer.

Themed Nights:
Fight Night: Classic fighting games: Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instict, Clay Fighters & the like. Hold tournaments throughout the night, on the classic consoles with prizes. We could also have the new popular title on our Projector, SF4, Tekken, etc.

Football Night:
We have a fairly large football crowd on the weekends, so this is a natural fit. Tecmo Bowl, Mutant League, Retro Madden games, hold tournaments as well.

We will have a dj for the night, playing good "Nerdcore" music. Asking video game trivia, and possibly commentary on the Final Match of tournaments.

Two of our screens would be rather difficult to hook up consoles, so we thought we would play Cult movies. Most video game related but also good cult classics: Lebowski, Boondock Saints, Army of Darkness, Kubrick, etc..

Board Games:
Always fun, and easy to turn into a drinking game. All the classics: Battleship, Jenga, Rock'em Sock'em Robots.

New Releases:
Most of the reason we want to hold this night on Tuesday's. Give us a great opportunity to allow people to try out the new hot games on day one. I would love to have a LAN party on all 5 screens, however, until I can build a large clientele for this night I doubt I can find 4 other copies of game on day one.

Music Games:
Our county allows us to sell alcohol until 3am. We are thinking we bust out the drums and guitars every night around midnight. We can crank it up in the projector room and let people play the rest of the night.

Of course we could always go with the easy bowling night. We were thinking a girls only boxing tournament, seems like it would be fun.

Prize Wheel:
Possibly build a huge prize wheel that you would spin to determine what you win. Smaller slots for bigger prizes like vintage games/systems or gift cards to video game store, then large slots for "bartenders choice" (bad shots) or "High Grav of the Night".


That's all I can think of for now, and I know this was a long boring read. I have basically fried my brain over this, and really want it to work. We are over 21 all the time so not allowing kids should help us out. We are talking with sales reps and thinking of pairing the night up with a high gravity beer. Maybe "High Gravs & High Scores" for our flyers. Something of that nature, and each night we would introduce a new high gravity at a discounted price.

Here are some questions I have:

What would make you come out to a bar to play games?

Would you be more willing to play music games if you could play the ION drum kit and use the "real" modded guitars?

What themed nights would you add/take away?

What prizes would you like? Vintage games & systems? MOAR Beer?

How/where should I advertise? Any good Atlanta video game blogs? (I only read this one!)

Anything else you would like to suggest.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and hopefully I get some good responses. You can always email me if you prefer:
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If you live in Atlanta or are visiting anytime soon, find us on Facebook: Diesel Atlanta, so you can get daily updates on specials and such. Also, mention Dtoid when you come in and ask for me, I'll hook us up with some shots!


That is my bartender JenBot. She has over 30 robot tattoo's. Kinda bitchin'! Sorry guys, she wouldn't let me post pics?!!? WTF!!!   read

11:58 PM on 11.20.2007

Karaoke=Good, Rock Band=Bad!

So i picked up Rock Band this morning before I had to be at work. I got in 2 solid hours with the drum kit, and I was very pleased. Except for the fact that I am going to have to purchase some rubber stoppers since the entire kit would slide on my floor every time i used the kick drum (pedal). I digress...

So I get home after a long night of working (drinking) and decide I am going to try out the vocals. Wow, was I in for a surprise. So i think back to all of those nights filled with Jager and Tequila (liquid courage) and getting in front of a bar full of strangers and belting out classics from Bon Jovi, KISS, random country artists singing about beer, and my all time favorite; Denis Leary's "I'm an A-S-S-H-O-L-E!". Now after getting off stage at said bar, the crowd would humor me with applause. I never thought I was great, just not as bad as the fat lady who tried to sing Prince before I went on stage.

*no that is not me, nor anyone i know

Oh Rock Band, you have proved me wrong! I can't even make it through 50% of most songs on my first try before I am booed off stage. I started on Hard and have since moved to Medium which has warranted (Warrant, that might have been another good Karaoke band) similar results.

Rock Band, I love thee, why must you taunt me so? Now if I could just get my girlfriend to play so she would stop singing in the shower.   read

11:02 PM on 11.16.2007

Funny Mr. Destructoid Pic, Like the Mario 64 face


Messing around on Mini-Clip at work and thought this would be fun for everyone.


I showed mine, show me yours.   read

4:06 PM on 11.14.2007

Assassins Creed, first impressions and Live Action Vid

So i woke up this morning at 10 am to get to my local Gamestop to pick up Assassins Creed the moment they opened. I had to be at work at noon so I wanted maximum gaming time.

After playing for two hours this is what I have:

1: Voice acting is excellent, EXCEPT for Altair the main character which makes no sense.

2: The story (so far) is very intriguing and all i can think about is going home to get more in depth.

3: The missions have already become repetitive, however, if you think outside the box to complete your objectives much fun can be had. Always take the road less traveled.

Overall, the game is worth the purchase (i bought 360) Unless you are strapped for cash and can only purchase one of the following:

Mass Effect, CoD4, U R Mr Gay, Assassin's

If this is the case, I would put this at the bottom of the list.

That's my two "peach is a cock-tease" coins...

As promised, here is the live action Assassin's Creed video.


[embed]54165:4761[/embed]   read

3:06 PM on 11.14.2007

Halo 3 Rap (NSFW)


It takes a minute for the funnies, but it is worth the watch. It has a nice "old-skool" rap feel.


PS: Thanks UglyPhil for the sizing help!   read

2:06 PM on 11.11.2007

Have a girlfriend? She have any free time?

Check out this site. Sprite Stitch is a site dedicating to video game cross stitch. Now I remember doing this years ago in school and it was quite time consuming. The patterns however look very good, don't know what you would put them on, but they still look good. I especially like the "CODE".

I thought this was a cool site, so check it out if you get a chance. Then bribe your girlfriend with sexual favors, and tell her to get working.

Enjoi!   read

1:15 PM on 11.11.2007

Get your Plushie Companion Cube

The world has been swept up in the game Portal, as have I. Now Valve has decided to cash in on their cube of joy. I personally think some of the fan made stuff is much better. But, if you are interested in giving Valve some more money, or want fuzzy "companion" dice for the car, you will have your chance.

Enjoi!   read

4:48 PM on 11.08.2007

Halo 3 Marriage Proposal?! WTF Mate!

Well I guess this was bound to happen. It's been done in WoW and I am sure other games. But here is the Halo version of marriage. I have copied to full article below.

On November 3, 2007 Moviesign made a Forge map in HaloŽ 3, and set up what his girlfriend of over two years (furtive penguin) thought was going to be a two-on-two match with his friends. They started the game and Moviesign led furtive penguin to a spot where he claimed he'd put an energy sword.

Instead there was a nice top-down view where he had spelled out a proposal in weapons. He then asked her to be his teammate for life.

She said yes.

Furtive penguin and Moviesign recently moved from Indianapolis to Chicago where she (penguin) is a copyeditor and he (Movie) is a graphic designer. They haven't set a wedding date yet. As furtive penguin said, "We're waiting to see what the release date is for the next Halo game. We don't want any conflicts."

Congratulations to furtive penguin and Moviesign from the entire Xbox community!

Let the collective "AWWWWW!" begin...   read

4:11 PM on 11.08.2007

Jack Thompson Music Video Parody!!! L@@K


What a great vid! I swear, those guys at Sarcastic Gamer are f'in awesome!

Another tasty treat bought to by the dude.

Enjoi!   read

7:03 PM on 11.07.2007

Rock Band...Band VH1 Mockumentary!!!!


This is just great, and quite hilarious. Found it on the Official Rock Band Site. Check out the site as well.

"I don't need a trust fund, I have a trust fund" classic!

Enjoi!   read

3:24 PM on 11.06.2007

Turok Demo and Schwag. You decide...

When i dropped by Game Stop to pick of COD4 yesterday the manager gave me this handy little box that included the Turok Demo and a free tee. So today after playing of COD4 online i decide to pop the disc in and check it out.

Well..... voice acting was horrible. It puts you into these 3rd person views while climbing, which is(was) pretty common in gaming but for some reason it just pissed me off. And while walking and jumping i felt like my character weighed 1,500 lbs.

Now after all that griping there were some things that i liked. It has a nice flashback scene were Turok was being trained and was slashed by his superior. This is how they introduce you to the knife and the 3rd person stealth kills. But, that just wasn't enough to get me excited about the game. I never played the Turok for xbox but i played the N64 version and it wasn't bad. Maybe they can polish this thing up before release date. Demo or not, it just wasn't interesting. Unless of course, you cream everytime you watch Jurassic Park.

also, cocks

thoughts? anyone like Turok and can persuade me? anyone care?   read

10:02 AM on 11.06.2007

COD4 Beaten! Reviewed *SPOILERS*

I was planning on writing up something last night, but it was way too late and I was way too tired. This entire post will be lots of rambling but i will try and warn of spoilers.

So I picked up the game yesterday afternoon and basically played it straight though. I played on "Hardened" which took me about 8-9 hours. It was a solid difficulty setting and I suggest it for anyone with FPS experience. Now for the review.

BUY THIS GAME!!!...GO NOW, then come back and read the review

OK, now that is out of the way.

The game looks amazing, plays amazing, is amazing! *** It starts out beautifully on a boat,*** kind of like MGS 2 or 3 (can't remember which one). The first level completely sucks you in, and as you can see I couldn't put down the controller until the story was over.

The graphics look outstanding, the physics are amazing, and the AI is absolutely insane. If you aren't quick to rush into battle, you might not receive a kill for the first couple of levels. You team mates are excellent. These are definitely not Haloz marines. However, the enemy can be quite frustrating, as they too like to flank and sneak behind you for the easy kill.

***My favorite level in the game and possibly in any FPS ever was "All Ghillied Up" where they flashback to your captain 15 years earlier in a mission at Chernobyl.*** This is possibly the best stealth mission ever and if Splinter Cell was this intense i might have played more of them. ***It has everything you could want, from stealth and sneaking, to sniping and an all out battle nearing the end.*** Its f'in great.

Another great thing from the game, ***Once you complete the missions and finish the credits there is an extra mission. Seems like a "thank you" to our Marines and is probably dedicated to someone in specific. But the level is very fun.***

Also after beating the game you unlock Arcade Mode (basically Haloz Meta game) as well as some nice cheats.

Well that is about it for my review, I would go into more detail but now that i am awake it is time to start the multi-player and unlock the create a class.   read

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