Hooters opens Joystixx video-game lounge

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The Hooters resort-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Hooters Casino Hotel recently opened a video-game bar, following the success of downtown’s Insert Coin(s).

Joystixx is a 21-and-over lounge just off the Strip that features console video gaming, classic arcade games and VIP booths with built-in flat screen TVs. Players can choose from new game titles such as Battlefield 3, Madden NFL 2012 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 or classics such as Golden Tee, Pac-Man, Galaga, NASCAR Driver and Guitar Hero while “gamer girls” bring them drinks. The bar’s tag line is the “hottest new place to score in Vegas.”

Joystixx comes online less than a year after Insert Coin(s), a gamers’ lounge on Fremont Street with a nearly identical business model. The “barcade,” as owner Chris LaPorte calls it, has been a smash success, attracting 2,700 people for its April opening and boasting lines around the block every weekend night.

It isn’t surprising that the concept of a gaming bar has taken off. Video games are a $50 billion-a-year industry which experts project will nearly double in value over the next five years. An estimated 70 percent of Americans play.

Joystixx, which debuted Nov. 11, is open 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A call to Hooters for more information about the lounge was not immediately returned.

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  1. Odd they'd open this up among all things instead of improving the property or paying down all that debt.

  2. Lol "gamer girls"? I'm sure most of these attractive gamer girls don't know diddly about gaming, let alone know how to play. Get some real nerds up in there!