They've got game
Original post made on Dec 15, 2008
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on Dec 15, 2008 at 10:05 pm
Angela Hey is a registered user.
I liked ordering a refill for my iced tea from the table top screen. It was quick and efficient. Food ordering worked well, but I wish the screens could have been embedded in the table.
Over 30 years ago Nolan Bushnell created Pong - a simple tennis-like game where the screen was horizontal and embedded in the table. For ordering and for most games a horizontal screen would have been much better. If the screens could fold away or go flat that would be an improvement on the rather clumsy hardware currently on the table.
The WII and smartphones have raised users' expectations for games. I like the idea of playing games in a restaurant. It's a good idea to have a range of games. The first I played at UWink was a spot the difference in two pictures - fine for people who speak any language. It didn't demand high performance computing, allowed me to compete against other diners and was easy to learn. Doing a quiz well is much harder - it needs to be calibrated to the user - I found the Who Wants to Be A Millionaire style game too easy to begin with and then culturally biased for later questions. I like word games, but maybe UWink should get a license to a real game like Scrabble to make their games more exciting.
on Jan 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm
A more appropriate place for this type of entertainment should be at the mall or near movie theatres. Not Castro Street.
on Jan 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm
Neighbor, based on the sparse crowds at uWink, I think that the market agrees with you (as do I)-- kiddie oriented and fast food places rarely thrive in downtowns