38-foot Gamin' Ride gives new meaning to 'gaming on the go'

  • Article by: RANDY A. SALAS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 20, 2010 - 9:28 PM

Dave Soliday's truck has enough gaming consoles for up to 24 players.

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waterdogzDec. 20, 10 4:30 PM

Games2U (spelling?) does a similar thing with a smaller truck and a trailer full of stuff.

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economics4uDec. 21, 10 7:12 AM

waterdogz- your point is? I guess if you want a small truck with a trailer full of stuff vs a cool looking rig that by the looks of it would create much excitement for anyone than I get it. I like these small business stories that show the many aspects of good business; marketing and promotion. As a business educator I hope Dave manages the finacial side of things as this is many times the element that kills a small business (cash flow and taxes). Good luck!

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stupidregDec. 21, 10 9:11 AM

Perhaps the point was price, small truck vs big truck at $300 an hour. As a business educator, your grammar and punctuation are lacking.

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mongoose32Dec. 21, 1010:39 AM

As someone who was heavily into mobile electronics, I think this is pretty cool. It kind of reminds me of the big money show trucks of the 90's. Plus, as an added benefit it probably coaxes a few basement dwellers outside for some much needed fresh air & sunshine.

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davehougDec. 21, 1012:27 PM

Wonder if parking outside Best-Buy and selling 15-min turns would bump up the sales of the latest & greatest????? Sounds like a win-win ca-ching.

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waterdogzDec. 21, 1012:47 PM

My point was, if you are interested in this sort of thing, here is an alternative for comparison. No point other than that. I have seen the Game2U truck (or one of the trucks?) driving around. It looks pretty neat. Obviously not as much room inside.

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mplsfanDec. 21, 10 4:16 PM

$100,000 truck at $300/hour means he'll have to book 334 gigs to break even and that doesn't factor in expenses, mileage, staffing, maintenance. My guess is this will take him 3 - 4 years to be make his money back and during that time he'll also have to upgrade most of the gear. The smaller trailer (cheaper) may be a more viable business decision.

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jdsalmDec. 21, 10 5:44 PM

mpls, your estimate assumes roughly an hour. It is likely that his typical business would be several hours per gig. He probably will make that up in within a year. Going back to the story I think the webcam feed is an excellent hook nowadays to the hands-off parenting mentality.

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directorliveDec. 21, 10 9:32 PM

Dave congratulations on your new business. We actually run a franchisee in the northeast and do very well. The investment is a bit more then 100k but our ROI is over 41% in our second year. Birthday parties are huge part of our business. But video games are small part of the business. The trailer is also used for 4D Experiences, like now for the "Hot Chocolate Experience," making the movie Polar Express come alive or for educational Game Shows and corporate trainings during the day. We also helped schools raise over 1 million dollar with the Earn N Burn program this year. Dave are you bringing that to MN? Earn N Burn helps schools raise money and kids burn calories through the fitness video game Dance Dance Revolution where over 150 students can play at the same time. It's a fun business. Whether it's the video game theater, laser tag, water tag, or Bumper Balls the clients in MN will have so much fun with a party at their house not in their house. If you think this is cool Sydney wait to you see the Glamour Ride coming in April! Merry Christmas everyone and Experience Gamin' Ride.

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marcsmomDec. 21, 10 9:51 PM

wow! We had a games to you party for my son a couple of weeks ago. I wish I would of known about this. Games2u was fun but only 10 kids could fit inside and the rest of the kids were in my house because of the weather. This truck looks huge nice!

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