I would like to first extend my gratitude by saying thank you for taking the time to read this and showing interest in my new business which I hope to expand into a franchise in the future. My name is Tralonie Perkins; first name pronounced Truh-Law-Nee, however, I normally go by Tray for short. I am new to this site and am 23 years old currently serving active duty in the Navy stationed in Fargo, ND. I have an Associate's Degree in Accounting and am roughly 20 or so credits shy from getting my Bachelor's. After I obtain my Master's in Accounting, I intend to become a certified internal auditor (CIA) in addition to running my company as CEO. Now that you know a little about me, let's get into the fun stuff :) .
To begin with, ever since I was young I have always been fascinated by video games and the technology associated with them. The first system I owned was the Super Nintendo back in the 90's and from there I have owned multiple GameBoys, a Sega DreamCast, and every Sony Playstation system created; with the exception of the recently released PS4 as I am not through enjoying my PS3 yet. Video games have always had an important part in my life. When I am upset, stressed, or just bored with the routines of everyday life, they are always there to brighten my day and make it more interesting. With the technological advancements of the internet in today's world and its relationship with video games such as online features being incorporated with nearly every game and console released, has only contributed greatly to enhancing the overall gaming experience for players making it more enjoyable and easy to connect with others alike.
Games like Call of Duty are the reason why I am normally indoors on the weekends and spend countless hours playing and socializing with others online. Not only does it save me money from seeking other forms of entertainment, but it also allows me to focus on my business and connect/play with distant relatives and is where a large amount of my inspiration derives from.
***You can send me an invite if you like on PS3. My gamertag is tralonie09.
I thought of this business back in late 2010. I had just graduated boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. Call of Duty: MW2 had just been released a few months prior and dominated the video game industry which is a billion dollar industry. Looking outside the window of the Delta plane I was aboard gazing down on the world below me as I was traveling to my Technical School in Meridian, MS for training on my job in the military (19 years old at the time), I began reflecting back on my life and the direction I was headed.
I knew that I was not going make the military a career as I wanted my freedom in life, and I knew I wanted to open my own business. But most importantly, I knew that I did not want to look back on life with regret like most people do when I hear them say, "Oh I wish I would have done this or that 10 years ago or when I was younger". When I arrived at Tech School, it amazed me how many other gamers there were like me. We would even host tournaments on the weekends and weekdays if we had time that were huge and had a number of people competing. Tech School was also where I was introduced to the computer gamers, not just the Playstation and Xbox gamers I was used to. Although I never really got into computer gaming, it expanded my targeted customers and services I would provide at my business All-In-One Gaming.
***The name of my business is still under construction.
When I lived at home with my father, I could not completely enjoy the gaming experience of Modern Warfare 2 because: 1.) My father did not like me utilizing his office room used for running his small business as a "game room" and 2.) I was using a 23 inch television that was NOT a flat screen and was NOT HDMI compatible. So I was not getting the full quality of the graphics InfinityWard provided in that game. It was then where I developed the four (4) main criteria of what a gamer needs to maximize their overall gaming experience and is also the platform of my business.
#1 (The Screen)
Every gamer will agree that the screen you are playing on will determine whether or not your experience will be a good one or a bad one. Quality and size are extremely important with video games. Video game graphics are appearing more and more realistic as technology continues to advance. Therefore, you want to ensure you have a television that enables you to experience them. The size of your screen makes you even more excited to play the game because it amplifies your view and you are able to notice every little detail in the game. Answer this question on which one would you enjoy more. When playing a racing game, would you rather have your car on your screen less than the size of your fist? Or would you have more fun controlling the vehicle displayed on a 70 inch 1080P HDTV screen nearly the same size as you? I think we both know the answer to that....
#2 (Location/Social Environment)
When I say location, I am not referring to the city, state or country you reside in; although that may severely affect your internet connectivity and online gaming experience. No. I am referring to the location inside of your home or wherever you are playing your video games. Location is important because you do not want to be distracted while playing your game. You appreciate your game and paid a lot of money for it, so you don't want people (i.e. Mom and Dad) frequently walking past your screen causing you to pause every few seconds, or your dog rubbing against your leg urging you to take him for a walk. Playing video games is an intense activity and requires a large amount of concentration; especially for those that compete online protecting their throne or reputation. This is why the majority of gamers isolate themselves and either play in their room with the door shut for privacy, play in the basement or 'man cave', or choose to go over their friends house. Your location determines your number of distractions.
Being in an environment where everyone can relate to each other only makes gaming more fun which is why the social environment is equally important. For instance, let's look at sports. Take a guy watching the Superbowl with his girlfriend at home and his team just scored a touchdown. Now try to imagine his reaction to it? Okay, now take that same guy with his girlfriend but this time surround him with his buddies all watching and voting for the same team that just scored a touchdown. Now, imagine how different the reaction would be? They would be ecstatic. Exactly. This same rule applies to gamers.
Now at first glance, you may think seating is not important and that you can just grab any old chair and play. That is absolutely NOT the case with gamers. Now if you intend to surf the web, eat lunch, or read a magazine, then yes, by all means you can just 'grab a chair' because those activities are not something you will be doing for more than an hour. But gamers? We will play for hours so we need to ensure that we are comfortable while playing which means having a nice chair, preferably a gaming chair, while going at it. Some seating that I have in mind for my business can be found on this website http://4seating.com/.
Last but not least,
#4 (Food & Beverages)
The saying "Time flies when you're having fun" is very true with gamers. When you make the decision to play video games, you are also subconsciously agreeing to the possibility of missing out on lunch or supper. But don't worry, this is very common and mainly due to the result of being intensely focused and having so much fun, that you may uknowingly ignore your aching belly that has been growling for food the past 3 hours. Having some type of quick drink, meal or snack readily available can help greatly as 'hunger' or 'thirst' in a gamer's world, is viewed as just another distraction. At All-In-One Gaming, we will provide a variety of healthy items to choose from in addition to sugary sweets, and we will also provide food to order for those looking for more than just a snack. As you can see, by creating an environment that possesses all of the criteria and characteristics mentioned above will not only generate a massive profit, but will also be Heaven on Earth for gamers of all ages.
I left out a number of other important specific details for my business as I don't want to give everything away on here but with the information I provided you can develop an idea in your mind of what it is I am trying to start. Will Smith once said in an interview that "Once you think of an idea, you just brought that idea into existence". To support his belief, he used the idea of metal flying through the air and how we now have planes, space shuttles, and all types of aircraft and I could not agree more. As an accountant/auditor/entreprenuer, I stand behind the belief that integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior are the core components of conducting business and overall increase the strength and bonds of business relationships.
I am extremely passionate about my business and will continue to work hard in fulfilling my dreams of being a CEO. Additionally, with all of the resources available in this country, I wholeheartedly believe this will be a major success in America especially once it expands into a franchise. But like with any business, startup capital is required. Any donation will help and be greatly appreciated in bringing this gaming paradise into reality. I also enjoy and am addicted to creating spreadsheets, charts, and graphs with Excel. So I will keep track of every individual that donates and exactly where their money was spent on or towards while also providing supporting documentation. Just a hobby derived from studying accounting.