Then we spotted an electronic version of the bag-tossing game popping up at local bars. Created by Incredible Technologies, the same folks who brought you those ubiquitous â€œGolden Teeâ€ video game consoles, the â€œBagsâ€ machines are being bought up by Ohio bar owners faster than anywhere else, says company spokesman Gary Colabuono. After feeding a few dollars into one, we understand why.
Hereâ€™s how it works: You get one point for landing on the wood plank, three points for getting the beanbag in the hole and five points for a perfect swoosh. A buck will get you six rounds with four bags each round, and you can face off against 15 of your friends in a single game (as long as they each throw in a buck too).
We first found the game at the Gateway neighborhood Paniniâ€™s and topped out with a meager score of 21 â€” nowhere near the â€œcentury club,â€ which includes just seven members. Much like â€œGolden Tee,â€ youâ€™re locked in battle with a nation of players for top score.
The game has become popular among both customers and staff, says Dan Oâ€™Donnell, Paniniâ€™s assistant manager/server/cook/all-around guru. â€œOne guy who plays cornhole all the time threatened to call off work when we got it just to keep playing,â€ he says. " style="background: #00B305" />Unlike real cornhole, though, the more alcohol we drank, the worse we got. Besides that cruel fact of hand-eye coordination (and the â€œGolden Teeâ€-style ball controller), itâ€™s a heck of a lot like the real game.ItThe game " style="background: #00B305" /> even offers virtual buddies, who get just as annoyed as your real-life friends when you mess up. But, unlike playing in the parking lot, you canâ€™t peg them with a hefty toss. (Yes, we tried.)
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February 25, 2008