Game On: Atari Is Opening Themed Hotels in Eight U.S. Cities

Atari
Atari

Before Nintendo and Sega conquered the home video game market, Atari was king. The company, which was started by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in 1972, brought the arcade experience to living rooms with systems like the Atari 2600 and games like Breakout and Centipede. A video game market crash in 1983 led to the company being splintered off, sold and resold over the years.

All of this has led to the unlikeliest of places—a new Atari-themed hotel.

According to The Verge, the company has licensed its name to real estate developer True North Studio and GSD Group to construct eight hotels in Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; and Seattle, Washington.

What would an Atari hotel feature? Probably not Pong in every room. The plan is to offer virtual reality and augmented reality playing hubs as well as space in select hotels for e-sports gaming competitions. Guest rooms will have themes based on specific games. Typical hotel amenities like a restaurant, bar, and gym are expected, as well as movie theaters.

In exchange for licensing their brand, Atari will receive 5 percent of revenue. The Verge reports the company also received a $600,000 advance for the deal.

Whether the name and familiar logo will resonate with travelers in the 21st century remains to be seen, but we’ll find out soon enough. Construction on the Phoenix location is scheduled to begin in the middle of the year.

[h/t The Verge]

Japan’s Osaka Airport Debuts Toilet Area for Dogs, Complete With a Self-Flushing Pee Pole

martince2, iStock via Getty Images
martince2, iStock via Getty Images

Between new therapy animal programs and relaxed pet guidelines, dogs are becoming a more common sight at the airport. But not every airport has been able to keep up with the needs of its canine guests. As CNN reports, Osaka International Airport in Japan has solved one of the biggest problems facing this group: inadequate places to pee.

The airport debuted its new state-of-the-art dog rest area on Thursday, February 13. It features everything a dog needs to get comfortable before a long trip, including a shower, a water fountain, and a self-cleaning "pee pole." After dogs relieve themselves, the canine toilet automatically flushes away any waste and makes itself ready for the next visitor.

The bathroom area is located outside by the pick-up and drop-off area, so travelers can easily stop there before or after their flight. And to make the space equally comfortable for the dogs' owners, a roof and bench are provided.

Dogs using bathroom at Osaka International Airport.
Kansai Airports

The doggy rest area is intended for dogs accompanying their humans as regular pets. There are separate spots inside the airport where service animals can do their business.

Starting February 13, the amenity will be open every day from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Osaka International Airport is now officially in the running for the title of most pet-friendly airport on Earth. If you're traveling domestically, here are some more airports that will take extra steps to accommodate your furry companion.

[h/t CNN]

A Friends-Themed Brunch Is Coming to Los Angeles

The friends brunching in Las Vegas after Ross and Rachel impulsively tied the knot.
The friends brunching in Las Vegas after Ross and Rachel impulsively tied the knot.
NBC

Whether they were sampling Monica’s latest culinary creation, ordering yet another pizza, or eating cheesecake off the hallway floor, the legendary friends of Friends definitely spent a lot of time appreciating food—and coffee, of course.

To give fans a chance to celebrate those central motifs, The Brunch Club is hosting a Friends-themed brunch in Los Angeles this spring. Attendees will get to enjoy mimosas and appetizers during a screening of quintessential Friends episodes. The event also promises an array of activities including trivia, charades, and a costume contest. (So if your closet happens to be harboring an armadillo getup or a pink, frilly bridesmaid dress inspired by Little Bo-Peep, now’s the time to dig it out.)

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There won't be beef in the trifle at this Friends-themed brunch.
The Brunch Club

Though the exact location hasn’t been announced yet, we know the brunch will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, and you can register on Eventbrite to receive an email update when tickets go on sale. The price isn’t listed, but there’s a similar Friends brunch happening in Denver this March, and those tickets cost around $50.

The Brunch Club specializes in raising a glass to pop culture phenomenons all over the country—according to the website, the organization has hosted brunches inspired by the Spice Girls, Drake, roller discos, and more. Considering that the entire Friends series left Netflix at the end of 2019, the news of a fun way to watch a few episodes is probably coming at a good time for devastated super fans in Los Angeles.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about the potential Friends reunion.

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