In normal times we are always cleaning. When we opened almost 14 years ago SARS wasn't that distant of a memory so we were serious from the start. With E3 now canceling on the heals of SXSW we are happy to have taken action early. We have several cleaning methods which already included bleach. In mid February we ordered a device that produces a biocide that has proven effective on coronaviruses as an extra precaution for daily sanitation through the air. This was in addition to the hand sanitizer we already have on the front counter which we started doing last year before flu season. Well hand sanitizer has run out so we have made our own from aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol. We now clean gaming stations including the keyboards, mice, controllers, and headsets as customers finish up playing.
The 4th thing that is helpful is we have 4 separate gaming rooms which splits up people into smaller groups. Want to game only with your group of friends. We can do that. No only are the rooms separated, but each room has a dedicated ductless AC unit. That means no ducts for air to flow through from room to room, or to spread dust, mold or anything else. We hope that soon we can forget about one of the worst flu seasons in a decade soon, and that coronavirus does not hit the Austin area. In the meantime we will remain diligent in our approach to cleaning as warmer weather approaches.
Also as a reminder you are welcome to bring your own controllers, headsets, mice, and keyboards for play! We have always supported that, and it is a good way to have some extra protection.
So last month at E3 we got our first look at the Ryzen 3000 series as well as AMD's new 5700 series GPUs. We have been testing the Ryzen 3600 all of the past week, and we love it. We will soon begin to upgrade all Uber PCs to 3000 series CPUs. In PUBG alone we are seeing 20 to 30 frames per second increases for a CPU that will be a drop in upgrade once we update our BIOS!
Our 13 year anniversary celebration starts today! It begins with special 6 hour regular passes for $13, and Uber 3 hour passes for $13! This lasts until this Saturday the 20th. Come Sunday it is over. Also join us for brisket we are making specially for Saturday! You must buy at least a 3 hour pass to get some! Lastly have you gotten your custom Game Republik jersey? Grab one here in men's or women's sizes! See you this week!
Upgrades have come just in time for the holidays! In Orange room we are fully PlayerUnknown's Battleground ready! Uber computers 9 and 10 are upgraded with new Radeon 580s. PC 3 and 4 were the last video card holdouts with new Radeon 570s installed. We are almost fully Ryzen 5 upgraded in Orange as well. Lastly a 5th Uber PC is coming soon with a 2K 144hz Freesync monitor!
We are adding some accent lighting in all of the rooms to spiff things up a bit as we do some other cosmetic improvements as we also roll our hardware upgrades out.
We are working upgrading all of our computers to AMD Ryzens! First up we have already done Uber PCs 9 and 10! Performance is great especially for our growing Playerunknown's Battlegrounds matches!
We have added a second VR station with a HTC Vive in the console room. It gives us a full room experience with even more space to play in! We have added so many games most recently with Batman Arkham VR, Serious Sam, and Rick and Morty all in virtual reality goodness. The new dedicated box includes a M2 SSD for really fast load times. We are at almost 100 VR games! Check out the full list on our website.
Happy Holidays to everyone! We will be open every day but Christmas for repairs, and for gaming! Christmas Eve we will be here until at least 10PM, but if busy enough we may stay later. Check out our Facebook page for updates on that or give us a call! Merry Christmas!
We are a Pokémon Go PokéStop! There are about 10 total in walking distance, and 2 Gyms! We are popping lures all the time, and full time all 10 year anniversary weekend! So we have VR and now AR!
Virtual Reality is here with the HTC Vive! $10 a hour on Uber PC 1 which has been newly upgraded to an 8 core Xeon! $25 for a 3 hour package or 6 hour pass! For the latest on our VR hardware and games check out this page. We have the following games/apps:
Adr1ft (not yet Vive supported)
Pool Nation VR
Radial G Racing Revolved
Also remember if you are looking to upgrade your PC for VR, or build a new PC no one in Austin builds a box like we do. We have been PC gaming since the 80s!
We are just 2 and a half months from our 10 year anniversary! Few gaming centers get this far and we thank you for your support over the years. We will have $10 10 hour passes! We will have food and other activities. We are also working on prizes! We will update this post with more details as they come, and we will also update our Facebook event page. See you at the 10 year!
Bawls Guarana is back this time in cans! We get at least an order a month with regular, cherry, root beer, and now orange! We can also likely special order a case for you if you want to stock up your fridge! We might be the only place with cans in Austin so come grab one!
In one week we celebrate our 9 year anniversary! We will be celebrating with $9 9 hour passes, and we will have some free food as well! We have an event page set up here with more information. Thanks to those of you who have supported us for over the years. Yes we still have customers for 9 years ago!