While staying at a hotel, have you ever said to yourself “Man, this 4-star hotel stucks. There’s no video games!” Then you’re not alone. I too hate staying at places without games. The Westin chain of hotels is looking to cure what ails us. They’re currently in talks with Nintendo about setting up some wiis in their hotels so gamers angry customers will quit their bitchin’. But if you can’t wait, there are other hotels currently offering life-sustaining gaming.
The fitness center at Manhattan’s Le Parker Meridien has a customized Nintendo Wii console (games are preloaded and can’t be pirated). Guests and non-guests work out with a trainer on Wii tennis or boxing projected off a racquetball court wall ($120 an hour) or rent the console to play solo or with pals ($50 hourly).
Holy $#@!, with prices like that you can buy the system yourself. **** that!
Some hotels use action electronics to encourage mingling. “Guitar Hero” — instrumental karaoke in which participants cradle fake guitars and play along with a rock soundtrack via color-coded notes that appear on a TV screen — is striking a chord at the Hotel Monaco Seattle. The Friday playoffs during the hotel’s complimentary social hour, using Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game system, are so popular that general manager Sandy Burkett is thinking of hosting “Hero” Saturdays, too.
There we go. PWNing newbs at Guitar Hero is a great way to wind down after a long hard day of doing whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing while you’re away from home.
It is game time as hotels bring Wii, Xbox into play [Honolulu Advertiser]