Updated: 10/26/2012 1:52 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Shootings, fights, arrests – police responded to all of them at Karma Nightclub in downtown Minneapolis. The city dubbed Karma a public nuisance, and it closed about this time last year.
Now, something new and very different is taking its place – a video game nightclub. We took a sneak peek inside the brand new gamer club called Insert Coins.
The only other one like it is in Las Vegas, and the owner decided Minneapolis would be the ideal spot for the second venue.
Forty-five classic arcade cabinets are set up throughout the club along with 38 HDTV video game consoles. You can play old-school games spanning back to the 80s and 90s and modern-day games with Atari, Super Nintendo, and Xbox 360.
Insert Coins will offer video DJs and a raised center stage so live musicians can take the stage. The venue has a motion-sensored 3D gaming area, and Bluetooth connects with video monitors around the bars, so you can play games while refreshing your drink.
Video gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to the Entertainment Software Association, 49 percent of households own a game console. It’s not just kids playing either – the average game player is 30 years old. Also, 62 percent of gamers play with others, either in person or online.