JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - In a bygone era kids used to grab their quarters and go the arcade. Now, three Metro-area businessmen are bringing the video games to kids and kids-at-heart.
While they are inundated with the latest and most popular video games, it's usually all work and no play for the trio behind The Game Trailer.
"My partners and I, we are very busy, so unfortunately we're not able to play video games as-much-as we may like," Thomas Bellinder said.
There was an exception the day before the Mississippi State Fair's opening day. They can chalk up that morning's game of Street Fighter on XBOX One to quality control as they get prepared for the fair.
The Brandon-based Game Trailer is the brainchild of Kerry Collins, who got the idea after seeing a similar mobile video game theater at a family reunion. Collins says the spot at the fair means big time exposure for the 18-month-old company.
"It means a whole lot!" Collins said. "This is something we've been working toward for some time now. We're very happy to find out we've been accepted here."
Bellinder echoed Collins excitement.
With us being a mobile video game theater we're able to bring something new," Bellinder said. "Just about everybody comes to the state fair."
The third member of the team is John Taylor who says they have enjoyed a lot of success and are learning a lot of business lessons.
"You got to spend money to make money," Taylor said. "You got to put in the work. It just don't fall into your hands."
Much of the money spent goes to all the materials that make the mobile video game experience possible. The trailer is out-fitted with thousands-of-dollars in flatscreen TVs and sound systems. Plus, multiple XBOX 360. XBOX One. Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Wii units.
Not to mention purchasing and maintaining a heavy duty truck to tow and the custom trailer.
Much of the work includes being available at all hours, seven days a week and for all sorts of events. Even with the workload increasing Collins is pressing forward going beyond video games.
"This is just the beginning," Collins said. "We have so many more big ideas that we're putting into place now."
One of those ideas is already in play. The three entrepreneurs think laser tag will take The Game Trailer to the next level.
They are available for private events and they also set-up the trailer at M-Braves and Jackson State Football games. They will be at the State Fairgrounds throughout the fair from October 1-12.