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Claudius 08-15-2008 10:09 AM

XBox on big screens
Cineplex is going to allow people to play the xbox360s on their big screens. The cost is turning me off, but damn, that be pretty wild. I wonder if PS3s will be next?


Cineplex big screens available to Xbox gamers

Gamers will be able to experience visually stunning titles such as Gears of Wars on giant screens. (Associated Press)Cineplex Entertainment is renting out downtime at its theatres to video gamers looking to play their Xbox 360 titles on a giant screen.

Beginning on Friday, gamers will be able to book two-hour sessions at 29 Cineplex theatres across the country for $179 plus taxes. Up to 12 people will be allowed into the session to play their own games, or those from a supplied library, on the theatre's giant screen with surround sound. The Xbox 360, however, can only accommodate four players at a time.

"It takes it to a whole new level when you see the game on a screen that's more than 50 feet wide," said Pat Marshall, Cineplex's vice-president of communications.

Theatres will generally have about 12 to 24 hours of available downtime a week, mostly in the morning, she said. Many theatres are in "full grind" right now showing summer movies, but they should slow down and have more available time once school begins in September.

Theatres may also stay open late into the evening to accommodate groups, at the discretion of each manager.

"If they wanted to book a four-hour window, we could certainly go later in the evening," Marshall said. "If the theatre manager has the staffing, they could go till two in the morning."

The move to offer video games is the result of years of testing by Cineplex. The theatre chain has been holding one-off gaming sessions and special events in partnership with Microsoft for more than three years, Marshall said. The move also couldn't have happened without new digital projectors that are capable of displaying games in high resolution.

Cineplex also rents theatre downtime to businesses looking for large venues to show video or PowerPoint presentations.

Dr. J. Naismith 08-15-2008 10:38 AM

I'd be throwing up everywhere because of the motion sickness. I've played a couple "shoot'em up" games on by buddy's 60 inch TV and almost vomitted a couple times. Playing on a movie screen would certainly make me sick. :(

Claudius 08-15-2008 10:42 AM

The only aspect of this that I find remotely awesome is the surround sound effect you would get. But I agree, playing a First Person Shooter on that big of a screen, would be brutal.

Gurk 08-15-2008 08:15 PM

Just imagining playing on that screen is making me so anxious

Kirby 08-15-2008 08:50 PM

I'd play NBA 2k8 on that screen all day lol. Show people how good I am.;)

Gurk 08-15-2008 10:10 PM

If it was PS3 it would've been way better than XBOX 360

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