Published on April 20th, 2011 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Local Game Shop Redefines Mobile Gaming
It’s tough living in the Central Valley. Of course it is not but a highway trip away from big cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, or even San Fransisco. It may be a great climate to provide the world with it’s agriculturally rich products, but what does it have in store for the pale-fragile-species known simply as the gamer? One local gaming store offered a tour of their version of a multiplayer experience.
Ask yourself, what on this earth has four 37’’ LCD HDTV’s, stadium seating and can host multiplayer matches? Possibly a theater, or maybe even a well-furnished living room might be the answer. Now, what has all of these and can travel right up to your doorstep and bring all of this right to you, the gamer? One local gaming rig in Fresno, California has taken the phrase “mobile gaming” to a more personal and new level.
Brad Roltgen, owner of BRE Software of Fresno California, has been in the game for quite some time. Not only does the physical location host a premium spot for feeding the need of retro and modern gamers, but it has also extended the square footage of its store to support the gamer on a more personal level. Their newly introduced gaming rig sports four 37” Vizio LCD HDTV’s, 13 feet of stadium seating and enough leg room to host your next epic tournament move or casual get together.
Climbing the set of stairs up to the actual room allowed for a closer look at the setup. Under the cushioned seats gave way to the wiring and storage area that hides away all of the not so aesthetically pleasing necessities. This was also a great area to hide away other consoles that could be hooked up in a matter of minutes. Also, depending on the game, the matches can be locally linked for some truly close quarter shoot-outs.
While the space of the truck is limited by its capacity, there is plenty of room to enjoy your parties company. As I entered and had a seat on the far end, there was already a group of adults joining in on the Call of Duty: Blacks Ops multiplayer. There were four players, the attendant and myself. There we were, six grown adults comfortably sitting without any feelings of claustrophobia or congestion.
When news first arose of this monstrosity of multiplayer mayhem, it was only left to the imagination as to what this thing would physically look like. The promises of fitting a party of players in the back of a gaming rig sounds great on paper, but how was it going to follow through-come build time? Better yet, what would drive someone to create this thing in the first place? This was Brad’s answer:
“We have out grown the store….” “We also wanted to give gamers a different way to experience games. [I mean] you go to a store and stand in from of the screen and just play.”
Not only does this offer gamers locally an extension of the store, but it also gives them something else to look for on release night. Imagine Call of Duty 17 releases next year. You and your buddies from your Xbox LIVE clan get tpgetjer and want to pick up some copies on release day. You could wait in line at another boring old store playing CoD 16 on a 19’’ screen, or hop into the rig and shoot it out until the clock strikes midnight.
While this BRE Game Theater resides in Fresno,California, there is no doubt that it might be venturing to a location nearest you. BRE Software has been supporting gamers and has been locally owned and operated since 1986. If you are a collector, or simply have other gaming needs, you are in luck. BRE Software also offers a website dedicated to finding instruction manuals and cases for those orphan games.
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