Without video games, most children would never know the joy of space travel, the thrill of an F1 race, or who would win in a fight between a ghost and a dracula. Host a digital showdown with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a 90-minute mobile video-game party from Mobile Gaming Revolution, valid within a 15-mile radius of its Tampa office (a $359 value). Customers outside the service area incur a $1.49 fuel surcharge per additional mile.
Mobile Gaming Revolution totes trailers packed with the most popular video-game systems to birthday parties and special events. For 90 minutes, up to 18 gamers can play simultaneously in and around the gaming caravan, which sports seven LCD televisions, 12 networked Xbox 360s, PlayStation 3s, and Wiis, and a door that leads to a hyperrealistic outside-world simulator. Point snatchers browse an extensive library of current multiplayer games while lounging in one of 10 premium gaming chairs, complete with integrated sound systems. Mobile Gaming Revolution's 30-foot trailer immerses partiers in a self-powered and fully climate-controlled oasis, ensuring that thumbs remain limber during the winter and unhindered by tiny sweatbands during the summer. Staffers stay for the entire event, helping to set up games and answer any questions, though they are honor bound to not reveal the secret of Stage 10.