The idea of restaurant uWink sounds great: Arcade meets bar. Ironic because American arcades started in bars! Even more ironic because the guy who founded uWink, Nolan Bushnell, kick started American video game arcades with Atari's PONG. uWink is outfitted with flatscreen TVs that patrons can use to order food and drinks and to play casual games. Like we said, great in concept. But as game site Multiplayer quickly found out, the ordering system was buggy, drinks didn't show up and the games kept crashing. "The meal started out entertaining enough," Multiplayer writes. Both "[We] were entranced with the touch-screen interface and the ability to peruse our lunch options as though we were playing with a giant iPhone or Nintendo DS. We were both giddy over the high-end concept behind uWink, but it all went downhill after we sent our order away." You know what would be a great idea for a restaurant and bar? Here's the pitch: Imagine an establishment with every retro Atari arcade game, greasy food and booze. Oh, and add some animatronics. Why do people always have to mess with things? Our Disastrous Visit To Atari Founder’s High-Tech Restaurant [Multiplayer]
Uwink sounds like a ton of fun and something that arcade gaming has truly lost over the years: The social experience.
Save for fighting games and playing a shooter with your friends, you don't have the community aspect that the original arcade experience used to be. Granted I missed the pac-man era, but growing up playing TMNT, The Simpsons, Bucky O'Hare, X-Men and the other 4 player arcade cabinets while working together with complete strangers to FINALLY beat that final boss.
Inevitably a small crowd would be drawn because there would be excitement at the idea someone is about to SEE shredder and Krang, and maybe...just maybe defeat them!
From reading the entire review, it also mentions that the games crashed and they were told to contact an attendant, and the reviewer didn't due to them wanting to do everything with the touchscreen. That kind of says a lot right there.
It sounds like they didn't have great waitstaff that day and that combined with a crash of their game added up to a poor experience, which is unfortunate. This, however is pretty comparable to an average dining experience anywhere else. Ever been to Jillians and have the games you want to play be down or eat quarters? Ever go eat somewhere and have them take 40 minutes to get you your first drink? Yeah sounds about average to me.