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owling isn’t the same as it used to be. Many people view bowling as old-fashioned or boring, or not a sport at all. But, bowling is making a comeback, as it adapts to the information age. Many bowling alleys have installed electronics onto their lanes to give it a futuristic look. These electronics comprise of fog machines, black lights, LED and neon lights, and state of the art stereo equipment. On top of the electronics, they have enhanced some of the bowling equipment . Some of the enhanced equipment includes glow in the dark pins and bowling balls, and even glow in

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the dark shoes. Many bowling centers have glow bowling. Glow bowling is also called “cosmic bowling” or “midnight bowling” in other alleys. Alley owners try to make the bowling alley feel like a dance club. With the black lights aglow and the music pumping you are sure to have yourself a good time. Even, now bowling alleys have made it to where they have glow bowling at all times of the day and not just at nighttime. These bowling centers are under the name of Lucky Strike Lanes. These unique bowling allies have over 18 locations in the United States and have glow bowling from

open to close. These still aren’t your average bowling alleys. Lucky Strike has given the sport of bowling a makeover of sorts making it look like an A-list event. Bowlers can only wear neat, casual fitted clothing inside the bowling alley and the dress code is strictly enforced during certain times of the day. The old retro look you may see in movies and old TV shows on TV Land does still exist, but most centers are trying to adapt to the 21st century. With glow bowling, these bowling allies seem to be doing a great job and are recieving “striking” results.


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1.) The lanes light up and lights turn as Fern Valley Strike and Spare of Louisville, Kentucky gears up for glow bowling. 2.) Even the settee area glows, so as you wait your turn you are enthralled by the use of blacklights. 3.) The sign of Fern Valley Strike and Spare as you enter the bowling alley is lit up with neon and black lights. 4.) An overexposed shot of a bowling lane at AMF Derby Lanes. 5.) A rack of bowling balls glows on the ball rack.

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ot only has bowling adapted inside of the bowling alley, but also in the video gaming world. The Nintendo Wii offers a variety of sports games in the game Wii Sports, and bowling is included in that mix. Players use their remotes as their bowling ball and swing the remote toward their TV screens hoping to knock down all ten pins and strive for that perfect score of a 300 in their own household. Wii sports has sold 79.16 million games world wide as of December 2011 and also came out with a sequel game, Wii Sports Resort, whiere bowling was the only sport to reprise its spot.

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box just recently came out with the Kinect for Xbox 360. The Kinect uses motion sensing technology and allows the game player to not use a controller but to become the controller their self. The Kinect has a game similar to the Wii called Kinect Sports, in where players participate in a variety of sporting events. Bowling happens to be one of them. The Kinect sells fake bowling balls you can strap onto your hand to feel as if you are actually swinging a ball down the lane, giving it a more realistic feel. The game also includes a bit of glow bowling, unlike the Wii, and impressive graphics to make you feel as if a household has indeed become a bowling alley. Photo courtesy of gamingzap.com

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Bowling Meets Technology