Adelaide’s first mobile video game arcade

Posted on April 6, 2014

People who know me might be aware that I’ve been working on something very exciting for a few months, but now Game Truck Australia is really coming to life. I’ve had a varied career in University administration and academia, and I’m now embarking on a business venture. It is literally a dream come true: about six months ago I was quite sick with shingles in a tooth (!) and I woke up from a dream of the most awesome kids’ gaming birthday party my imagination could come up with.

The concept is Game Truck Australia, a mobile gaming arcade that comes to the homes of families celebrating kids’ birthday parties. I’m currently building a 21-foot van that will be pulled by a ute; the van will contain four widescreen TVs and gaming consoles for kids to play multiplayer games with each other (offline, like and old school LAN) to their hearts’ content. The aim is to be able to fit 16 kids inside, but it will probably depend a bit on their age and size, and the games will be absolutely age-appropriate.

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Child version of Chad is very excited about Game Truck Australia

 

I’ve been passionate about gaming since I was about four years old, and now I want share that passion with others. The core of my business philosophy is positive gameplay, and facilitating exciting, engaging, and inspirational gaming experiences whilst avoiding some of the less desirable things that can, admittedly, come with gaming. This blog will explore those ideas in a lot more detail as it develops, and I hope you’ll join me in that conversation.

 

 

Of course, the sky is the limit with event offerings: adults’ parties, Buck’s and Hen’s nights, and large corporate events are all possibilities, but I want to try and make it work with the core offering (kids’ parties) first. What do you think? Comment below with ideas, comments, questions. Even better, if you think you know a family who would love this kind of experience, please share this link with them, or share it via social media: encourage others to sign up for the email list or ‘like’ the Facebook page. Thanks for your support!

Chad Habel


12 Replies to "Adelaide's first mobile video game arcade"

  • John Taylor
    April 7, 2014 (11:32 am)
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    Congratulations Chad, it is great to see you are realising your dream. Game Truck Australia is an awesome idea and is going to make for a very exciting and novel gaming experience.

    • Chad Habel
      April 14, 2014 (12:36 pm)
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      Thanks John! I was hoping that others might see the kind of idea it is, and I just can;t wait to get through all the planning and van building to actually get some parties going!

  • Lisa
    April 7, 2014 (11:36 am)
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    How exciting to see you vision becoming a reality.
    Mitch & Harry can’t wait to play in the Game Truck.

    • Chad Habel
      April 14, 2014 (12:37 pm)
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      Thanks Lisa, I can;t wait to get them to play in the game truck too!

  • Lifu Sipi
    December 10, 2014 (4:20 am)
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    Congratulations awesome idea your dream is one of my thoughts as well to purchase the mobile Gaming truck and bring it to the Remote Eastern Torres Starits Island Called Darnley Island far North Queensland kids up here will just go crazy.

    • Chad Habel
      December 29, 2014 (12:49 am)
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      Thanks for the comment! Yes that would be an amazing idea! I have two big aircon units which you would certainly need up there. The kids really love it but so do parents, and schools and community groups have shown some interest too. Let me know if you need any ideas on how to get it going :)

  • amanda
    March 22, 2015 (11:02 am)
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    I am very interested first For my sons 12th birthday in may in adelaide but I am very interested in asking about your shingles in your tooth. I had shingles in my scalp and face last year and then major root canal and tooth trouble so your comments raised my interest

    • Chad Habel
      March 23, 2015 (7:37 am)
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      Oh wow I haven’t even thought about that for a while. Yes well apparently it’s rare but there was very severe pain that came instantly into my tooth. Associated rash on face and scalp but it was definitely the tooth, and very hard to diagnose. I was off work for a couple of weeks and it really knocked me around. Sounds like it was even worse for you!

      Onto better things: Great! I’d love to do a party for your son. Just call me on 0433 318 001 or email chad@gametruckaustralia.com.au for further details. Look forward to catching up soon!

  • Jonaje Kirori
    April 29, 2015 (9:09 am)
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    This is a great idea Chad. I was actually searching to see if I could get any material regarding the same subject because, having established a static arcade last year, I have been planning to start the same idea here in Nairobi so as to beat the competition associated with static arcades near colleges

    • Chad Habel
      April 29, 2015 (11:11 am)
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      Hey, thanks for your feedback! It’s not easy to build a game truck but it’s very rewarding and works out as a pretty good model. It’s great being able to take the truck anywhere and just set up and get some gaming going. Good luck with it!

  • Lisa
    January 2, 2016 (11:59 pm)
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    Would u come out to mallala..5502

    • Chad Habel
      January 3, 2016 (12:28 am)
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      Yes I would consider it! I’ve been to Hewett a few times and I’ve gone as far south as Maslin Beach and even Willunga and Victor Harbour so I could definitely think about Malalla. I would probably only do a two-hour (or more) party and I’d need to factor in plenty of travel time and plan ahead, but I’d love to see if something could work. Give me a call 0433 318 001 or email chad@gametruckaustralia.com.au. Look forward to hearing from you!


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