If you’re a gamer in south Orlando, heading to the Florida Mall – amongst the throngs of shoppers and tourists – to compete against your fellow gamers may seem like an odd proposition. But the folks at Orlando’s Microsoft Store warmly invite all types of gamers to their store to play in one of their Gaming Leagues.
Opening last month, the shop looks to showcase Microsoft-based products on the same scale Apple does in their retail locations (a matter of fact, you don’t have to look too closely to find similarities between the Microsoft Store and Apple Store… And if you care to, the two stores are nearly next-door to each other in Florida Mall). In one way that Microsoft has an advantage over their fruit-based competitor is in the field of gaming. With the PC, Xbox, and Kinect – as well as Xbox for Windows Phone – provide gamers a variety of platforms to play with.
It is this that the Microsoft Store is trying to highlight with their Gaming Leagues. With a choice of games, highlighting the individual gaming platforms. From Sunday-Wednesday, gamers can choose to compete in the store. Dance Central 2 allows gamers to work on their moves using the Kinect. StarCraft II is the PC gamers opportunity to get in on the action with the real-time strategy opus. Then, it’s Master Chief’s turn as gamers have the opportunity to compete against each other in Halo: Reach and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Finally, a throwback to arcade gaming with the classic Street Fighter as gamers have the opportunity to challenge each other in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- Sundays: Dance Central 2
- Mondays: StarCraft II
- Tuesdays: Halo
- Wednesdays: Street Fighter
The Microsoft Store is located in Florida Mall, near the M&M Store on the Macy’s side.