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((PKG)) FUTURISTIC AMUSEMENT PARK
((Banner: The New Amusement Park))
((Reporter/Camera:
Elizabeth Lee))
((Map:
Los Angeles, California))
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((Brent Bushnell, Co-Founder / CEO, Two Bit Circus))

This is almost the size of a football field, and then like an amusement park, broken up into lots of different zones. So, we have a virtual reality arena, a hundred seat interactive theater, a game show theater, a futuristic arcade, a full restaurant, full bar, robot bartender. You know, it’s really a lot of stuff to do.
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((Kelly Bentall, Visitor, Two Bit Circus))

I think it takes a whole arcade game venue to the next level and there’s a couple of games I played tonight where I was out of breath and actually sweating.
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((Brent Bushnell, Co-Founder / CEO, Two Bit Circus))
I’m the CEO and co-founder of Two Bit Circus. My dad is Nolan Bushnell. He was the founder of Atari, of Chuck e Cheese.
((Eric Gradman, Co-Founder, Two Bit Circus))
My name is Eric Gradman. My background technically is actually as a roboticist. So, for many years I was in the rapid prototyping industry, building self-driving cars, building robots, building crazy stuff. Now a lot of the stuff I was building were prototypes for the military, and I got out of that industry. I wanted to build fun stuff.

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((Brent Bushnell, Co-Founder / CEO, Two Bit Circus))

My co-founder and I are both big nerds. We started collaborating making interactive art. The art turned into games. ((NATS)) I think of this place like it’s a big platform in the way that a movie theater is a platform, this place is a platform and so we’re constantly changing the content, updating it at different times of day.
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((Eric Gradman, Co-Founder, Two Bit Circus))

We have a really incredible team of creative people who are always experimenting with new forms of entertainment and we have the most important ingredient of all: people to test this stuff on.
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((John Duncan, Visitor, Two Bit Circus))

I have not had a robot make my drink before. That was actually pretty cool. He even managed to shake it.
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((Eric Gradman, Co-Founder, Two Bit Circus))

Our story rooms are designed to feel a little bit more like an episode of television.
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((Brent Bushnell, Co-Founder / CEO, Two Bit Circus))

A big filter for us is social and kind of a fusion of digital and physical, analogue and digital.
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((Eric Gradman, Co-Founder, Two Bit Circus))

We expect to see more of them popping up in the U.S. in the next couple of years, but you know what? People all around the world like to play. They love to get together, they like to have fun with their friends, and I would expect to see Two Bit Circus show up all around the world someday.
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