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A public exit door that opens only when you beat an opponent in a multiplayer game

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 03, 2021
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A shopping center door with two lanes that opens only for the winning side. You have to play a video game against the other side to release the people on yours.

  • A conversation opener and a quick opportunity for socializing among strangers (beneficial for the community).
  • A fun attraction worthy of telling your friends about (marketing for the shopping center).
  • A magnet for kids.
  • An opportunity for a quick serotonin boost when the winning side champions the "release of their people".

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A typical shopping center has several exits on every floor. The idea is to create a 2-way corridor in front of one of the exits. The corridors should be long enough to make it annoying for people to walk back and switch lanes.

On the door, there are signs pointing at the game console. The only way to open the door or your side of the corridor is to win a round of mortal combat type of game against a random player on the other side. Whichever side wins opens the door on their side of the corridor so that people can go out.

People who are in a hurry can:
a) chose one of the other exists throughout the shopping center
b) quickly walk back to the winning side of the corridor and catch the door before it closes fo the next round

The game console could be something like this:

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Kinetic challenges

Spook Louw
Spook Louw Oct 03, 2021
Perhaps another way to approach such an idea would be to have people complete a challenge to open a door, instead of facing each other.

Having people face computers, rather than other people removes some of the competitive edge that might be detrimental to one of the main objectives of the idea, i.e a quick way to get a serotonin boost by winning. If you are on the losing side of the fence you might mock or scold your "champion" for not winning, whereas if he/she is facing a computer everyone is supporting one person.

Adding the VR kinetic games instead of arcade games could lead to a more entertaining show for those not playing, with the added benefit of getting your blood flowing by moving around. Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo all have products that would be able to do this.
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Juran18 days ago
Yes, I agree with Spook Louw. A round of tennis or table tennis would be much more entertaining. I imagine a big screen on every side and a camera that detects motion. The user would take a controller and serve the ball. The first one winning a point would pass.
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Throwing a dart at the bullseye to open the door

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 03, 2021
People could take turns throwing a dart at the bullseye to open the door
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw19 days ago
Putting a golf ball could also be a cool option. Both these ideas also have the benefit of being easy to bypass if you don't feel like playing. You could either drop the ball in the hole or manually stick the dart in the bullseye to open the door. However, both these tasks might also be quite time consuming to get right, which could be frustrating.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic19 days ago
Spook Louw good point. people who don't like games and challenges could be given an option to "cheat" and bypass it
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Povilas S
Povilas S19 days ago
I think taking turns at any form of game is a better option than having two players compete against each other or one person compete against computer because otherwise the responsibility will fall on one person and some people who are hurrying or just not that nice in general might start mocking the player who is not successful and can't get the door open. This should be more of a supporting and collaborative activity rather than one person striving to win.

So perhaps games that can be played by taking short turns are the best in this case. If someone will prove to be obviously good at the task, people might want him/her to continue playing many turns in a row.
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General comments

Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni18 days ago
The console could have several games. You and your opponent select the games you want to play independently. The console will then give you a list of games that both of you have selected. You can then play one of those. Some people might want to play the games they are good at. An option for selecting a game, therefore, seems reasonable. Also, there could be a "surprise" option where the console selects a game that the players have to play in case they are looking for some added adventure.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic18 days ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni People might not want to take the time to browse through selections. If they are going to play, the game has to be ready to go and the goal has to be very clear. They probably won't take the time to figure out how a game is played. It has to be self evident
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