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Old April 11th, 2007, 12:32 PM
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Default Video Arcade Moves Into the Atrium

NCL is in the process of outfitting all their ships with Nintendo's new Wii video game system. Ok, I admit, I don't have a clue what Nintendo's new video game system is, as my experience with video games first began, and pretty much ended, with PacMan. I recognize, and honor the "each to their own" idea of what passengers wish to do while cruising-but, bringing video gaming contests to the atrium with large video screens seems to be quite a leap "out of the box" for a cruise line.

I know, I know, don't knock it till you've tried it! And this is one more thing for me to try while cruising, something that I might have never have attempted. Rock climbing, surfing, and ceramics all fall into that category as well!
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Old April 11th, 2007, 01:05 PM
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Interesting. I think it will draw the younger crowd (20s - 30s) but certainly not me!
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Wii is a whole body interactive game system for which a big video screen, like the type in the atrium of NCL Pearl, is perfect.

While I am too shy to play the game in public like that, I'll bet you it attracts an audience to the atrium when someone is playing it like moths to light.

I think it is going to work. Not the same elegance of the Milano Cove Cafe, but that isn't the mood on these new NCL ships anyway. They're "edgy"
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Old April 11th, 2007, 08:24 PM
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When the first lawsuit is filed, by a person, just walking by, who gets hit in the head with this game, they may realize this is not the best space for this game.

Many tvs have been ruined, as well as people getting clunked in the head when the enthusiastic player, sends the game flying off their wrist!

Atriums, should be a place for everyone to enjoy, not want to stay away from.
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Old April 12th, 2007, 03:00 AM
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[quote="Trip"]When the first lawsuit is filed, by a person, just walking by, who gets hit in the head with this game, they may realize this is not the best space for this game. [quote]

Thanks Lindas, I did not realize video games were such a hazard in the home

I have been hit with video cassette recorders, and toasters, but never a video game. I didn't know they could attack people like those appliances can!

No, I'm kidding. Wii is a virtual reality game where the person plays it by moving his body. They are no real weapons involved, except maybe hands, But mostly it is things like tennis, baseball, etc, where there are no real rackets or bats. Just the posture of the player.
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When I first heard this idea, I, too, thought the atrium wasn't the place for it. I thought is should be kept in the kid's area. However, it could be entertaining to watch people "playing" this type of video game. I, personally, have a hard enough time just walking on a cruise ship.....I will not be taking part in the video games! .
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This game hangs from the wrist and enthusiastic gamers have hit all kinds of things as the game flies off the wrist! DUCK!

I believe the company has changed the design of the strap, to actually
stay ON the players wrist

Even, given that, the atrium is not the place for this...jmho
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Will it interfere with the frsibee games in the Atrium?
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I'm not interested in video games at all.
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I believe it is a great addition to the video game options and with it being a more "active" game, more people will probably participate. I do believe that placing it in the atrium may have as much to do with advertising and marketing as it does with function and in time it may well find a new home on board the ship.

In regard to people being injured: I was hit by a flying ping pong paddle while I was on board the Millennium. BTW: It wasn't thrown by my wife.

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Trust me, I have seen the big video screen on the Pearl, it is an entire wall, and you don't it that would work when you hear about it, but when you see it, and all the people standing around watching it, you see that it does. So watching people interact with it through Wii, much like Tom Cruise did with the computer in Minority Report, I am sure it will be a fun attraction, as much fun to watch as to do.
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NCL is in the process of outfitting all their ships with Nintendo's new Wii video game system. Ok, I admit, I don't have a clue what Nintendo's new video game system is, as my experience with video games first began, and pretty much ended, with PacMan.
I used to spend a mint playing PacMan! I loved it.

I think this move is a blatent attempt to increase onboard revenue by luring people to the game consoles in that high traffic area. Frankly, while I have no problem with Nintendo games on the ship, and do agree that they could be a nice money maker, putting them in such a high traffic area as the atrium is pushing it. It goes beyond bordering on tacky ... it IS tacky.

The atrium should represent the glamor side of the ship ... with a sweeping, dramatic design that lets as much light in as possible. People should be able to sit there in peace, admiring the scenary, people watching, or whatever. They shouldn't have to listen to the sound effects of a video game or watch its progress on large screen tv's.

I say NCL should set aside a nice area onboard the ship ... perhaps on the sports deck or one of the large lounges, and locate their Nintendo gaming systems there. It would be a far more appropriate venue.

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