By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid Game Shack LLC is the first mobile video game theater in northwest Oklahoma and is ready for birthday parties or church and community events.
Owner Nick John came up with the idea about six months ago when searching the web for something for his kids to do.
“I was thinking of things for my kids to do in Enid for birthday parties and got online, and these gaming trailers kept coming up,” he said. “I started researching it, put pencil to paper and came up with Enid Game Shack.”
Enid Game Shack is the first self-powered, climate controlled mobile game theater in this area of the state. It features three 42-inch flat screen LCD TVs and Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii gaming consoles.
The trailer can be taken to any place or event where there is a flat space to park and can be powered with a generator or 110-volt power line.
The 18-foot enclosed trailer is 6.5 feet tall and 8.5 feet wide inside, with two levels of seating. Up to 12 children can play games at a time.
“The layout inside is a rustic-type layout. It’s got barn wood shelving and a galvanized tin background the TVs hang on,” John said. “The seating area is carpeted with padding.”
He said it took about three months for him to put the trailer together and ready for rental. Since he began a few weeks ago, John already has taken Enid Game Shack to five parties.
“Right now, I’ve been buying games,” he said. “If there is a certain game a kid really wants, we can talk about it with the rental agreement.”
John said he also can rent games of the renter’s request, or renters can bring their own games to play in one of the three gaming systems.
So far, John said the reception of Enid Game Shack has been good.
“Every Saturday in April is booked so far,” he said. “I’m starting the scheduling of May and I can schedule for any day of the week. Depending on the length of parties, I can do a couple of parties on a Saturday or a Friday night.”
Before beginning the business, John sought out input from those he knew to see what they thought.
“Before I started, I went around asking people if this is something they would be interested in, and they said it was something they’d be interested in,” he said. “It was something they’ve never heard of.”
Last weekend, John towed the Game Shack to a community event and the results were almost immediate.
“My wife called me and said people were already calling, wanting to make reservations,” he said. “I’d only been out there a few hours.”
John said he takes the Game Shack nearly anywhere and uses it for events ranging from birthday parties to church events, school carnivals, bachelor parties or even tailgating.
“I want to start putting together sports tournaments with Madden and NCAA games,” he said. “They’re great for sporting team parties: baseball, football and soccer.”
The cost for a two-hour party is $189, with each additional hour $89. John will travel anywhere within 45 miles of Enid, but travel costs will be charged for parties outside of that area.
Game Shack also offers a birthday package, which includes a two-hour party, 12 Game Shack invitations and a Game Shack cake for $225.
The gaming systems all have wireless controllers and John said he will update gaming systems, such as the upcoming PlayStation 4, when they are released. He also carries a selection of the most popular games including “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Killzone 3,” Mario Kart,” “Madden NFL 13” and “Big Game Hunter,” as well as the Xbox Kinnect.
The Game Shack also will be on display at the Enid Home Show April 26-28.
“We’ll have the trailer inside, set up for everyone to see,” John said. “We’ll have a drawing for a free two-hour party.”
To make a reservation, call (580) 541-0970 or message The Game Shack on Facebook.