So after we wrote the review for Insert Coins we decided to head back for the grand opening. I mean, common! Where the hell else are we going to go in Las Vegas for this kind of atmosphere? Clay and I grabbed the camera bags and busted out the door around 6pm to get there early. Parking wasn’t that hard to find with a lot right around the corner charging $10 bucks for 4 hours, why the hell not.
Insert Coin’s grand opening was set for 7pm and as you can see, there was already a respectable line of gamers and media. Even the famous “Stuttering Craig” from Screwattack.com paid a little visit to the much anticipated “Video Lounge Game Bar”. We also met up with fellow geek podcaster Barry Robb & Deb from “The Ugly Couch Show“.G4 was scheduled to appear but we didn’t see anyone as they where probably too busy looking for more “Cops” re-runs to play on their network. Yup, it felt like everyone that could have been there for the opening, was.
The doors flew open, it was like going back to Chucky Cheese’s for the awesome Simpson’s 4 player cabinet(Which they had) back when Chuck’s was awesome. We where greeted by the “hawtness” host who we asked about getting a table. Of course, beforehand you had to reserve a table but we quickly realized that our review post for Insert Coins got us a little notoriety with the staff. We where quickly escorted with a bottle of Gin to our own awesome table and choose to play some Marvel Vs Capcom 3. I tell you, there was eye-candy everywhere aside from the games which our lovely (and stylish) waitress hung out with us as we nerded out.
Anywho, Clay and I came to party and party we did. With a full bottle of gin and tonic, we invited anyone who wanted to challenge me (Joe) to a friendly match of MvC3 as Clay paraded around the ridiculously awesome collection of game cabinets. In less than one hour of being there, the change machine ran out of quarters but that didn’t stop people from playing as it was quickly refilled. That just goes to show you that the hardest working employee in the club was the token machine, poor thing.
We honestly had a blast with the crowd after wave and wave of passerby wanted to grab our game pad and play a few rounds with us. Fortunately for me, I went undefeated the entire night. Stuttering Craig also came up to our booth and demanded an interview, which at this moment, hasn’t been posted. It was insanity in the best way possible. At the bar, instead of showing off sports or G4 re-runs of ”Cheaters”, they showed off some awesome classic Kung-Fu movies and handed people game-pads to play their choice of games. It became crowded quickly and you had people lining up to play a classic cabinet from their childhood.
It was truly awesome. Around 11:00pm the party really started to get in full effect. Video DJ was spinning the game remixes from Zelda and everyone freaked out. I thought I would never see more than 2 nerds getting their rump shakin’ on but everyone in the club suddenly migrated to the dance floor as memorable game tunes hit the airwaves. Yes, a magical moment where we didn’t have to hide the fact that we played games as adults and it was truly a moment to remember. It makes me want to go back right now even writing about this.
There’s nothing to describe the feeling of playing video games in a gorgeous nightclub and everyone is just having a blast. It just doesn’t happen like that in nature but thanks to the staff at Insert Coins and Chris LaPorte, we have old memories of our favorite games brought back and new friends and memories made thanks to Insert Coins!
Thank you Insert Coins for the great memories and more to come!
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