Tempe, Arizona(July 25, 2013)- Following our first year of support for Make-A-Wish, which culminated in more than $15,000 donated in 2012, GameTruck Licensing, LLC, a leader in video game entertainment, pledges their continued support to Make-A-Wish and its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. GameTruck, the original and only patented mobile video game theater, will align with Make-A-Wish through May 2014, supporting the Make-A-Wish vision of granting every eligible child’s wish. GameTruck franchise owners have pledged to participate in Make-A-Wish chapter events throughout the year. Because of its initial success as a campaign last year, GameTruck will again host a “Month of Giving”, this year launching on August 1st and continuing throughout the month. During the "Month of Giving” campaign, Game Truck will donate $20 for each party booked during the month, up to a cap of $380 per trailer.
“We are extremely proud of the work we did with Make-A-Wish last year,” said Scott Novis, founder and CEO of GameTruck. “Not only did we make a considerable financial contribution, but our GameTruck parties helped bring smiles to these children’s faces and helped them escape in our video game world for a few hours, which was priceless.”
GameTruck offers a premier party experience for both children and adults in an interactive, multiplayer environment accommodating at least 16 players. GameTruck trailers are equipped with more than three dozen of the latest multiplayer video games and all the major video game consoles (XBOX360®, Nintendo Wii™ and PlayStation®). A GameCoach manages each event, promoting fair, interactive play. A standard GameTruck party consists of two hours of play for ages 6 and up; 16-20 players can compete in the trucks interior. Just like at home, GameTruck parents can look through the library and take out what they deem unacceptable for their kids.
“For Make-A-Wish, companies like GameTruck are essential to fulfilling our wish-granting mission,” said David Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. “GameTruck goes above and beyond to create wish experiences that make life more enjoyable for wish kids and their families.”
Since it was founded in 2006, GameTruck has grown to 60 franchisees operating 80 GameTruck rigs in 150 territories across 23 states and Lagos, Nigeria. Expansion is underway in Canada and Trinidad and GameTruck expects to add 30 new franchisees and 60 new territories in 2013 alone, with long-range projections for 200 to 250 units covering the U.S. and Canada. GameTruck is the owner of U.S. Pat. No. 8,029,368 issued October 4, 2011. www.GameTruckParty.com
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
TOMY’S INNOVATIVE BATTROBORG PARTNERS WITH GAMETRUCK
FOR A KNOCK-OUT PARTY NEAR YOU!
Be the First to Battle as Battroborg Comes to Life in GameTrucks Nationwide
OAK BROOK, IL—(July 3, 2013)—TOMY International and GameTruck™ Licensing Corporation are proud to announce that Battroborg, the innovative motion-controlled battling robot brand from TOMY, will be exclusively available on all GameTrucks beginning in July. As part of the US unveiling for Battroborg, the GameTruck partnership lets users experience the breakthrough product prior to it becoming available at retailers nationwide in August.
TOMY’s Battroborg motion-controlled battling robots are built for combat and fueled by your own fists. As the first battling micro-robot of its kind, Battroborg takes players center ring, with two-handed, motion-controlled nunchucks, letting opponents control every jab! Operating at distances of up to 50 feet, Battroborg automatically records damage level via an LED light on each robot, changing color every time a punch is received. Whether you’re a brawler, a glass jaw or a southpaw, Battroborg promises pure excitement, ultimate battling action and knockout fun!
“We’re honored to partner with such a well-known, successful company as TOMY. We love offering exclusive opportunities to our customers and we’re extremely excited to be able to offer Battroborg as an added-value experience at all our GameTruck Parties,” said Scott Novis, CEO and Founder of GameTruck. “Battroborg is like a video game sprung to life, and now kids can get their hands on what I’m sure will be the hot toy for the holidays on our GameTrucks this summer.” Supported by the Battroborg trailer premiere in-truck and a mutually-beneficial social media campaign, this partnership will seed the market for Battroborg prior to the all-important 2013 holiday season.
Battroborg is perfect for one-on-one competitions or large Battle Royals of up to 20 robots in the 3-in-1 Battle Arena. The MSRPfor the deluxe set, which includes two Battroborgs and the 3-in-1 Battle Arena is $79.99and the line is geared for ages 8 and up.For information,including photos, product descriptions and more,visitwww.battroborg.com and join the conversation on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/Battroborg.
Do you like the video games? Of course you do! How do you feel about winning a video game party for your kid(s)?
Seriously, that is going to happen, and it could happen to you. One lucky GeekDad reader is going to win a party from GameTruck Party, and their world will be rocked accordingly. The kids will be ecstatic.
Join GameTruck at Tempe Marketplace on Friday, April 26th and try out the new Star Trek game for free! Our own Patrick Milloy and Good Morning Arizona bring you more information, watch the video below or click here to see the story!
Star Trek: The Video Game is available now at your favorite retailer on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and also available online for PC. Come test out the game in person at the STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME truck!
Here’s where you can find the truck:
4/24/13 - Houston 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm U Park N' Lock by Minute Maid Park 211 Hamilton Street, Houston, TX 77002
4/26/13 - New York, New York 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Union Square West side between 15th and 16th street NY, NY 10003
4/26/13 - Los Angeles, CA 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Hollywood & Highland Center 6801 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028
4/26/13 - Tempe, AZ Tempe Marketplace 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm By Dave & Buster's 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
4/27/13 - Dallas, TX Lone Star Comics - Arlington 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm 1215 S. Cooper St. Arlington, TX 76010
4/29/13 - Washington, D.C American University 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Letts-Anderson Quad 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016
5/1/13 - Philadelphia - PA Temple University 11:00 am - 3:30 pm Liacorous Center 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
5/3/13 - San Francisco, CA UC Berekely 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Kroeber Plaza 103 Kroeber Hall Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
A GameTruck is a mobile trailer that houses several flat screen televisions that can be connected to Wii, Xbox and Playstation systems where children and adults of all ages can play a variety of games at one time. The fee also includes a Game Coach who is a designated person who assists the players with changing games and any technical assistance for the duration of the party. I had the opportunity to host a GameTruck party for friends. It was a fantastic experience for both the children and the adults who were present.
Booking a GameTruck Party
A GameTruck Party is a mobile trailer that can be booked for various events, and arrives on-location to the site of the party. Included with the party is a Game Coach who helps facilitate game play and manage the participants during the party. Players will have access to various Wii, Playstation 3, and XBox games to use during the course of the party.
GameTruck is a franchised company, so you will need to first check out the GameTruck website to identify if there is a truck that is available in your location. Though we were in Massachusetts, it was possible for the GameTruck company from Connecticut to facilitate our party, but additional fees may be required for out of area locations.
Booking the GameTruck Party is simple, call the number online, or book the party through their website. Through their website I was able to gain access to party planning materials, that I didn't actually use, but that could include printed invitations, or themed invitations where contacts could be added into the system and emailed directly with the party details. Within the online website, there are also step-by-step videos that will walk you through the party process.
Throughout the process, I communicated with the company mainly via email. I did receive a confirmation phone call a few days prior to the event. We even changed the physical location of our event about a week prior, and I was able to view the change of venue through the online tools.
Since I live in a busy location and have a small home, we opted to have the GameTruck park in the parking lot of a restaurant with their permission. The GameTruck needed about 50 feet of linear of space to park and we were able to block off the space ahead of time. I received a phone call from the GameCoach, Alex, about 30 minutes prior to the party, stating that he was scheduled to arrive at the venue on time. After parking, since it was in February, Alex needed a few minutes to turn on the generators and the heat, but was available to start the party within 15 minutes.
Inside the GameTruck there was a long, leather sofa that ran the length of the trailer. There was a television on the right, immediately upon entering the truck. Across from the couch, there were 4 additional televisions. The truck was spotlessly clean. Before any of the children entered the truck, Alex and I previewed the available games. We removed the more mature games and limited the selection to games that were appropriate for all ages. Due to the weather, our party happened entirely inside the truck, but I have seen other trucks that have windows that are able to open up featuring more playing space and additional televisions.
We had over 20 different children that were available to attend the GameTruck party. The truck easily holds 16 children, and Alex our GameCoach had a very calm and easy going personality. He got the children playing various games of their choice, and was able to respond to the needs of all of the children, changing the games when necessary. Just Dance 4 (compare prices ) was very popular, and there was enough space in the front of the trailer for 2-3 kids to play at the same time.
It was helpful to have a large indoor location nearby for families to be able to filter in and out of the truck to take a break from the gaming. At the height of the party, most of the kids were specifically focused on the television in front of them. I know some parents were concerned prior with the noise that could be generated during the party. I would say more then the noise, it could be quite dark inside, so this is something to keep in mind with younger children.
I know that XBox Kinect, RockBand and Skylanders toys are quite popular with this age group, and I didn't specifically ask, but I don't think they were available during our party. If your child has a specific interest like these particular games in mind, I would suggest confirming with the franchise about the availability of certain games and experiences prior. I have seen additional photos of other people's parties who have had these items present, so I'm sure that this could be arranged prior to the event.
I didn't hear any complaints from other parents or children that they didn't get enough playing time. We utilized the truck for about 2 1/2 hours, and that was a perfect amount of time for the event. Certainly there were times during the party where it was busier than others, but it was a great way to include children of various ages happily playing at the same time. It was a popular discussion among the parents present that this would be such a fun experience for adults as well, as a tailgate party prior to a football game, to celebrate a monumental birthday, or for just a fun weekend event.
If you've ever tried to organize a video game night for kids or adults, you know finding enough controls and couch space, along with games that everyone can agree on, is a bit of a challenge.
Thankfully, GameTruck offers a solution for those who want the whole experience to arrive at the front door. Gametruck provides a trailer full of modern games, televisions and enough couch space to accommodate everyone.
GameTruck was started in 2005 as a children's birthday party solution. Since then, it's expanded to more than 80 franchises around the country that provide services for kids' and adults' parties, as well office retreats.
New York City's GameTruck operator Ben Filippi says the truck is stocked with games to serve all ages. He says younger kids tend to gravitate toward Nintendo games and sports franchises, while the adults hop on M-rated shooters. Two of the televisions raise out of the sides of the truck so that people standing outside can play motion games like Just Dance 4.
"We try to keep our selection really modern," Filippi says. The truck that visited Mashable had a Wii U on one of its six televisions.
Filippi also serves as a "game coach," making sure everyone knows how to play before he passes out the controls.
All that the GameTruck needs from you is a place to park, and Filippi says that even though it might be a challenge in New York, he's done plenty of events in the city.
The GameTruck costs around $300 for two hours of rental.
The Mashable staff spent time playing inside the New York City-area GameTruck. Check out the video above to see the interior.