In Business: Accidentally Cool Games Encourages Social Interactive Gaming

In Business: Accidentally Cool Games Encourages Social Interactive Gaming


COUNTY CENTRAL WON 39-37.
>>>WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU
AND YOUR FRIENDS SAT DOWN TO
PLAY A BOARD GAME OR A CARD
GAME?
FOR THIS WEEK’S IN BUSINESS, I
SPOKE WITH A CO-OWNER OF
ACCIDENTALLY COOL GAMES IN
BEMIDJI WHO TELLS ME HOW HIS
SHOP TRIES TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL
GAMING.
>>ACCIDENTALLY COOL GAMES
OPENED IN BEMIDJI IN 2011.
OVER 500 BOARD GAMES, CARD
GAMES, AND OTHER GAMES CAN BE
FOUND INSIDE THE STORE.
ALTHOUGH THE STORE AIMS TO HAVE
NEW GAMES, YOU CAN STILL FIND
CLASSICS LIKE MONOPOLY SORRY AND
RISK BUT NOT WITHOUT A TWIST.
>>WE WANTED TO FOCUS ON GAMES
THAT WERE GOING TO BE NEW.
SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE COME IN,
IF THERE’S NOTHING HERE THEY
DON’T RECOGNIZE, IT CAN BE A
LITTLE MUCH.
WE HAVE SOME CLASSIC GAMES LIKE
MONOPOLY AND RISK BUT WE PICKED
SOME VERSIONS THAT MAYBE A BIT
DIFFERENT.
>>ONE OF THE CO-OWNERS ANDREW
HOUGARD SAYS THEY WANTED TO
CREATE A SOCIAL INTERACTIVE
EXPERIENCE FOR PEOPLE TO COME
TOGETHER AND PLAY.
A LOT OF THE BOARD GAMES OFFERED
COMES FROM EUROPE CALLED EURO
GAMES.
THEY INVOLVE STRATEGY, ABSTRACT
PHYSICAL COMPONENTS AND PLAYER
INTERACTION.
>>IT’S REALLY LIKE A TYPE OF
GAME OR A GAME-BUILDING
PHILOSOPHY IS WHAT A EURO GAME
IS.
MANY OF THE GAMES HERE ARE SORT
OF EMBEDDED IN THAT PHILOSOPHY,
WHERE EVERYBODY’S TRYING TO WIN
IN A DIFFERENT WAY AND JUST SEE
WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE END.
>>WHAT GAMERS WON’T FIND WHEN
THEY WALK INTO THE STORE ARE
ELECTRONIC GAMES OR CONSOLES
SUCH AS AN X-BOX OR PLAYSTATION.
>>THE GAMES WE FOCUS ON HAVE A
REAL STRONG SOCIAL ELEMENT
BECAUSE HALF OF WHAT WE DO IS
THAT SORT OF EVENT CALENDAR
WHERE PEOPLE ARE COMING IN AND
PLAYING.
WE HAVE PICKED GAMES THAT
ENCOURAGE PEOPLE, BRING THEM TO
THE TABLE, RATHER THAN BRINGING
THEM IN FRONT OF A SCREEN.
>>GAMING EVENTS ARE HELD
WEEKLY.
A REGULAR GAMER AT ACCIDENTALLY
COOL GAMES SAYS IT IS A PLACE TO
GO TO MEET PEOPLE AND TO
SOCIALIZE.
>>IT’S FUN, LIKE YOU JUST GET
TO COME IN AND MEET NEW PEOPLE,
WHICH IS AWESOME, LIKE IF YOU
ARE NEW TO THE TOWN, IF YOU ARE
A COLLEGE STUDENT, JUST BEING
ABLE TO COME AND VISIT WITH
PEOPLE AROUND YOUR AGE AND BE
ABLE TO LIKE SOCIALIZE AND MAKE
NEW FRIENDS AND STUFF LIKE THAT,
WHICH IS JUST AWESOME.
IT IS AMAZING.
>>SOME OF THE EVENTS WE HAVE
BEEN HOSTING NOW FOR TWO, THREE,
FIVE YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE REALLY
MET OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE
PLAYING THOSE GAMES AND CREATED
REAL FRIENDSHIPS, AND THAT IS
KIND OF AT THE CORE OF WHAT WE
REALLY GET OUT OF THIS, IS WHAT
WE REALLY LIKE SEEING IS THAT

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