27SO_Revival of Card Battlers and the New Age of Location-Based Entertainment

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"Sound Off" with Kevin Williams
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Unlock the secrets behind the explosive resurgence of card battler games in arcades that’s captivating players globally. We’ve seen a dramatic shift in engagement and gameplay, and in our latest episode, we peel back the layers of this intriguing phenomenon. From IC chips to magnetic strips, we’ll guide you through the high-tech world that’s reigniting the passion for collectible cards, and reveal how a community of traders and collectors are reshaping the social fabric of gaming culture.

The entertainment landscape is a constantly shifting battleground, and our conversation takes you right to the front lines. We recount the highs and lows of a new Manchester venue’s debut, complete with falling air conditioning units and the internet’s unforgiving mockery, only to rise from the ashes. Witness the strategic chess moves by titans like Lotto Group and Bandai Namco, navigating the Chinese market’s ebbs and flows, and launching innovative entertainment experiences that redefine what it means to play.

To cap off this episode, we journey to the seaside, where a historic pier’s bold new revenue strategy is just the tip of the iceberg in the evolution of location-based entertainment. We’ll speculate on the potential windfall of the burgeoning location-based virtual reality market, forecasted to be worth billions. With tech giants and Hollywood powerhouses vying for a slice of the pie, we cast our gaze forward to an industry primed for a renaissance, where every visit to an entertainment venue could transport you to another world. Join us for this riveting discussion that will leave you eager for the next play.

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The brainchild of two location-based experience enthusiasts, Christine Buhr and Brandon Willey, the LBX Collective aims to inform and educate, create opportunities to connect with industry peers, and to spur collaboration, discourse, and cross-pollination of ideas.

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