The use of games to convince diners to hang out longer in restaurants is a tactic that has been used for some time. It isn’t surprising that the mix of games and eating that is so popular in home kitchens is also a big hit in restaurants.
People just naturally like to eat while playing. Not only is this combination good for the diners, but it is also a good mix for restaurant owners. After all, the longer that people stay in the dining room, the more they are likely to order more food and drinks.
The Progression of Restaurant Gaming Over the Years
One hundred years ago, skee-ball games began to appear in restaurants. These were followed by a wide selection of arcade games, popular board games, and entire gaming systems.
Today, there are virtual games that encourage real interaction, such as gesture-controlled dancing games to total game immersion in a 4D game cabinet.
Why Social Gaming and Eating?
Why give so much attention to the combination of gaming and eating? This situation is a win-win-win combination. The restaurant enjoys customers who stay longer and eat more; the gaming industry enjoys more exposure and access to people, and the gamers / diners enjoy the chance to do two things that they love.
Maybe more important than this is the indication of how thoroughly society has begun to use technology in every area of life.
Use the infographic below to learn more about the gaming / eating experience in the past, present, and future.
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