Kiosk Etiquette

Posted: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 18:19:36 PDT

Video Game Kiosk etiquette

A visit to the local EB store this weekend resulted in my purchase of Puzzle Quest and a reminder of Kiosk

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

The EB employee who sold me my copy found it necessary to
point out (after I already purchased it) that it wasn’t a good puzzle game. Who tells you this after the fact? Well, EB employees of course. He thought Puzzle Quest’s puzzles weren’t good and recommended the newly released Puzzle League instead. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Puzzle Quest and at $29.99 Cdn I thought it was worth a try; Puzzle League can wait(for now).

Kiosk etiquette

Just before buying the game, I had about 30 minutes to spare so I decided to try the Playstation 3 Kiosk that was running Virtua Tennis 3.

The graphics are so realistic!

Now, I’m a huge tennis fan, I love playing and watching tennis and am especially fond of the Virtua Tennis series; both Virtua Tennis & Virtua Tennis 2(Tennis 2K2) were games I’d easily spend hours with. Actually, it was my love of watching tennis on tv and playing Virtua Tennis that convinced me to try playing tennis on a real court. I’m really glad I did because it’s a great sport.

A bunch of rowdy people had just finished playing the Kiosk so I rushed to pick up the controller. As with most Kiosks the second controller wasn’t I settled for 1P against the CPU.

Everyone in the store seemed busy shopping before I picked up the controller but I guess people enjoy entertainment and they began to watch me play. I had a couple of long returns between the CPU and didn’t skip the animated
expressions of the players between some of the points so by
the time I finished playing 10 minutes had passed.
Whoops.. Which brings me to the topic of Kiosk Etiquette.

I’d say a good length of time to try out a game is 3-5 minutes, and 10 minutes is pushing it. Maybe I’m just used to a convention setting where they let us stay until we finish playing at least one level. For instance, you don’t just play half the song in Guitar Hero II, you play through the whole song if you can.

Other than the time limit on the kiosks, there should be a rule that if you’re sick, you’re not even allowed to pick up the controller. The controllers are filthy enough we don’t need more germs.

hmm, any other kiosk etiquette tips you can think of?

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