Sunday, April 3, 2005 1:11 AM
Mom and Dad had left for Orlando and I was
bored on the Saturday that they were gone. I still had my 2 sisters to play with. One's 15 and one is 20. They agreed to take me to Main Event, an arcade similar to GameWorks that you will only find in Texas. This arcade is a whole different ball game from GW. ME is all about bowling. Seriously, there bowling alley dominates the front of the 80000-square foot building. However, there is a constantly expanding arcade, a bar, and a small laser tag arena as well. I mainly went to ME in the past for the laser tag, which is the best in my opinion. The arcade was boring until very recently. Today would be my first visit in 2 years.
In the past, the only good games in the arcade were Skeeball, air hockey, and VR Boxing. There was a MaxFlight Cybercoaster simulator which was a great and intense ride. Laser tag and the Cybercoaster simulator were what lured me to ME before. However, my sisters led me into the arcade after we had purchased a game card (ME is like GW in that regard except that they don't have the time cards), and they began to tell me what was available. I was in awe. The arcade had expanded! It went from being very small two years ago to totally massive today. We would be playing no laser tag today because we were pressed for time. I was mad about that but the arcade looked promising.
The Cybercoaster simulator was still there. There was also a simulator for those who weren't brave enough to ride MaxFlight but still wanted to ride a coaster called Thrill Rider. More about that later. I headed to MaxFlight first. This simulator is newer than the GameWorks ride I rode on Wednesday. It gives a more comfortable and much smoother ride, however. The track that my sister Courtney and I got was a great one, with more corkscrews than anything else. Seriously, there were no vertical loops! After the ride, I headed to play air hockey with my older sister Stephanie. In air hockey, I'm notorious for accidentally hitting the disc into the opponent's goal because I'm on that side. I don't know why. It always seems to bounce off the side and get into the goal that I don't want it to go in.
Anyway, that happened in this game, as it always does. It resulted in Steph winning6-5. ME's air hockey tables are huge championship tables with electronic scoring. The pucks fly really fast and you have to be very precise. Luckily, I only hit the ball into Steph's goal once but when I did it, she won. Next, I decided that I wanted to try Thrill Rider, the other coaster simulator in the place. Someone else was doing it, so we headed to one of the new additions since 2003: The Wave Rider Motion Theater. It was occupied too, so I decided to put my sisters in the electric chair.
Tucked into the back of the arcade in a far corner, there is a wooden chair with handlebars. You pay off your card and choose between low, medium, or high. Then, you grab the handlebars. They send voltages of electricity through your hands, and the goal is to see how high you can go before you let go. You weren't going to get me in it, so I used my sisters as guinea pigs. Courtney got to 660 volts, while Stephanie got to 3000. Well done, you two. Thank you for your service.
Next, I went to a weird game that allowed you to mix and make your own records, or so I thought. Let's just say it was a bad experience and I had no idea how to work the mixing board. ME doesn't have DDR, so don't go there if you're into DDR. That's good for me, though. Blind people, especially me, would be bad at DDR. Next, we went to the motion theater and found it open.
This is the most bizarre simulator I have ever been in. Basically, you and one other person get in and sit down. Or rather, you recline on this plastic thing and more or less lay down. I'd never heard of this concept. It was almost like lying flat with your feet propped up. Steph rode with me, and I wanted to see the car racing movie they had. However, she accidentally chose Astro Canyon, the ride on the roller coaster through space. The simulator was pretty primitive, with mostly shaking as the actual movement. It wasn't too bad, but I expected better, especially from a place like Main Event.
After taking a picture in the photo booth, Courtney and I headed to Thrill Rider. This isn't the Cedar Point game. On this one, you can choose between Phoenix, Twister, Thunderbolt (KW), and Phantom's Revenge. I chose Phantom's Revenge, but that did not work. So I chose Phoenix and Courtney and I got ready to take our ride. I can see why all of you Knoebels fans like Phoenix. The simulator doesn't do it justice, but it felt like it had some great drops and air. Got to get to Knoebels someday.
After that, we headed to play Skeeball. Steph beat all of us. ME has tradditional Skeeball instead of modern. I mean that don't have the smaller lanes and more restricted balls that some of GW's lanes had. This is the old-fashioned way. I did ok; I didn't knock any balls off this time. After another game of air hockey with Steph (she won again!), she and I headed to MaxFlight for one more ride. This one had a lot of in-line rolls. In-line rolls are my favorite element on that thing.
After that, we went back to Skeeball where I finally won before heading out. Overall, mME is greatly improved, with a lot of new additions. Now, I have a reason to go back more often. The common element in both GW and ME was the sense of fun. You were there to have fun, and they made sure you had fun. This was a great spring break and I hope I get to go back to either place.
Sunday, April 3, 2005 3:07 PM
"In air hockey, I'm notorious for accidentally hitting the disc into the opponent's goal because I'm on that side. I don't know why. It always seems to bounce off the side and get into the goal that I don't want it to go in.
Anyway, that happened in this game, as it always does. It resulted in Steph winning6-5. ME's air hockey tables are huge championship tables with electronic scoring. The pucks fly really fast and you have to be very precise. Luckily, I only hit the ball into Steph's goal once but when I did it, she won
What? That really confused me. You are playing to where you have to hit it into the opposite goal right?
Monday, April 4, 2005 5:00 PM
I mean, I don't know where I'm hitting it, so when I do, the dang think always seems to bounce back.