At OMG DEFCON1, guests leave behind the impersonal, anonymous world of Internet servers to play games with friends face-to-face over LAN and WiFi. Guests sip smoothies and soft drinks in the dining room and then head into the game room to battle at the Xbox 360 station, replete with a 32-inch screen, headsets, and 3-D glasses, or challenge each other to Steam games with a room full of high-octane Alienware PCs.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.58 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.25 value).
In the early 1900s, entrepreneurs were rapidly taking over the Atlantic shore in a race to please throngs of seafaring tourists. Despite this, Charles Jenkinson managed to acquire most of a quiet boardwalk on Point Pleasant Beach. But it didn't stay quiet for long?that sleepy beach soon boomed to life with a soda fountain, candy shop, dance hall, and mini-golf course. Even the Great Depression couldn't dampen Jenkinson's rapid expansion. By 1934, his empire had grown to include a bathhouse, a pavilion, and the entire beach. Jenkinson's Boardwalk continues to grow in both size and popularity with each passing year, drawing in tourists with its thrilling rides, sandy beaches, and sweet treats.
Since 1962, Ocean Ice Palace has given youngsters the opportunity to lace up their skates and participate in the healthy, active outlets of ice skating and hockey. The center is the vision of Dr. Leon J. Dwulet, who oversaw the building of the facility and whose daughter runs the show today. In keeping with its founding mission, the rink takes hockey seriously. Not only do instructors coach beginners through skating and hockey clinics, but the rink hosts several traveling teams and even furnishes hockey campers with dormitories in which to sleep. The rink also invites more casual skaters to visit for public skating sessions on weekends and holidays.
Gamin' Ride's signature mobile theater brings XBox 360, PS3, and Wii games straight to fans and has enough space to hold up to 24 kids at one time. This isn't typical video-game play, though?the trailer immerses kids in the games with realistic touches, such as vibrating seats that replicates the intensity of a car chase, and a smell-a-vision system that releases game-appropriate scents (Madden players, for example, will smell freshly-cut grass.) The trailer's library features a variety of the most popular multi-player games, including the latest sports releases, singing and dancing games, shooting games, and an extensive Mario collection.