You could even extend the idea a little to include the waiting room where your waiting for your game to come up. You allow patrons to play pinball or other arcade type games where the high score is a pool that pays out in BTC (they leave their card in the game while playing). Of course, the pool is only a fraction of the BTC the game actually brings in.
Lol. This is turning into a $300k endeavor and on its way to being a Bitcoin theme park.
My idea begins at laser-tag and ends at Chuck E' Cheese.
I already imagined the Six Flags idea, but I admit I have little interest in a Bitcoin rollercoaster.
No offense, but now we're on our way to reinventing the wheel with this.
That said, Coinopexpress.com would probably sell you all the devices and parts you need to do any arcade center and for good discounts. I have worked with them for a while on DoogiDoogi drum and Pump it Up machines.
I really don't think people are going to pay money to go to a place just to pay more money to play games though, especially not just for the novelty of using an internet currency. Gotta be something more than that going on. Championship games maybe? Maybe like the movie "The Wizard"? Giant NES pads on giant projector screens, 10 minutes of Mario to see who gets the highest score and give them 100 BTC or something?
I actually participated in the Suwon Olympiad Game Competition in Korea and placed in the drumming competition. I would have loved that to be a Bitcoin prize instead of the $2,500 cardboard check.
None taken. I like the simplicity of the laser-tag idea more than a Chuck 'E Cheese, especially with the modifications necessary to turn all those games into BTC-accepting machines.
And I was thinking that Bitcoin wouldn't be the promoting factor, it would simply be used as a token like any other token. There is this place nearby called Enchanted Castle where I used to have all my birthday parties as a kid. You needed tokens to play the games, and never once did I question "what's this token all about?" I just accepted it as part of the routine, and so did everyone else -- no tokens, no games.
But with laser-tag, the tokens/Bitcoins would just be used at the arena to play laser tag, buy food/drinks, and purchase shit with your winnings.
My 5-second model:
1) Customer walks in, hands $15 to employee at the door.
2) In exchange for the $15, they get a $15 pre-loaded Bitcoin card.
3) Bitcoin card can be used to play laser tag ($5 per game), buy food/drinks, or be used to purchase BTC products (like gold as I mentioned above) at an online kiosk.
4) When a customer wants to play a laser tag game, $5 is deducted from each card and goes into a game-winnings pool.
5) There are BTC payouts for ranking players (e.g. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). At the end of the game, BTC-winnings are distributed to each ranking player. The pay-per-shot idea could also work with a house-fee taken out before the game starts.
6) At the end of the game, ranking players spend their new BTC on more laser-tag games, buying food/drinks, or buying BTC products at the online kiosk.