Buster's - the New "Place to Be"
Article by: James
Date Submitted: 10.23.01
|WHAT SHALL WE DO
It was Saturday night for our thirty-something
crowd, and our entertainment options were growing old: dancing, bowling,
going to a bar, watching a movie - been there, done that.
Recently, we even went to Chuck E Cheese to break our monotonous
routine. Maybe we should go
there again? NO WAY... You
see, there's a new Big Cheese in town, by the name of Dave and Buster's
- the Chuck E. Cheese for adults.
THE FUN AT?
At Dave and Buster's, an adult can
be a kid again (hmm, sounds familiar but modified?).
Located at the Ward Entertainment Center, D&B has a bar and
restaurant, billiards and shuffleboard, and features a "Million
Dollar Midway." I
skipped the food, grabbed a beer and headed straight for the Midway. I
put down $1 for a "power card" (used instead of money and
tokens on most games) and added $20 worth of credits (To my surprise, the $20
lasted me the entire night, but we'll get to that part).
|THE FUN BEGINS...
I was overwhelmed by games of all sorts - big screen video games,
pop-a-shot, simulator ride, a shooting gallery, games of skill, and the
ever popular skee-ball. The
price of a game ranged from 2-6 credits.
The Alpine Skiing, and Wave Rider simulator games were awesome,
the graphics and the motion, really put me in the game.
I watched others Grand Prix race against each other, test their
strength, and even Battle Darth Vader and the Dark side of the force.
The video games alone were good, but I soon found myself hooked on games
of chance and skill to get tickets redeemable for prizes.
I was hooked on timing the lights just right to hit the jackpot
of 250 plus tickets. I was
determined to get 450 in skee-ball and get the 1000 ticket bonus.
I drained long range baskets and took aim in the shooting
gallery, all for those tickets.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE BOTTOM LINE...
In all, I amassed over six
hundred tickets with my $20, and unlike Chuck E Cheese, these prizes
were good. Instead of
little plastic airplanes and yo-yos, I could get quality dolls, sports
memorabilia, shot glass, boxer shorts, and T-shirts.
If you saved enough
tickets, you could go home with a life sized Bug Bunny Doll, an iron,
and even a Fax machine.
It wasn't all fun and games though.
I would have liked it to be a smoke-free environment, so I didn't
go home smelling like a cigarette.
I was a bit crowded, but I guess that's to be expected for the
opening month. If you want
to shoot pool, you better stand in line, because there are only three
pool tables there. Still, I
would not hesitate to go there again.
So if you're looking to a great alternative to your ho-hum weekend
routine, check out Dave and Buster's at the Ward Entertainment Center.
Oh, yeah, what did I redeem my tickets for?
Nothing yet, I'm saving my tickets for the Fax machine.