100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience
One of my favorite places to spend time during my 6 month stay in Japan was, believe it or not, the arcade/game center (ゲームセンター). I found myself there multiple times a week spending at least 1,000 Yen each visit. For me, it was the perfect form of entertainment. Surprisingly, playing was only half the amount of fun. I loved watching the local arcade “pros” do their thing on their beloved games. I was always comparing myself to these people, wishing that someday, I could be as good as them. By the time I left, I was happy with what I had achieved. I was still nowhere near the level of the local favorites, but I was satisfied with how much I had learned.
One of my greatest memories came while I was in Akihabara playing Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3DX. An older gentlemen in his 60s (seriously) was watching me play. I just so happened to be on the last stage (#100) and when I crossed the finish line to beat the game, he gave me a round of applause and a high five. Needless to say, it was special moment in time. n_n
I recently came across the development of a documentary (100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience) that is being filmed highlighting Japanese arcade culture. A trailer has been filmed for this project which you will find below. The creators of this project are heading to Japan this Spring to finish filming and plan to have the final cut of the documentary out sometime Fall 2011.
I am very excited to see the end result of this project which has been supported from people all around the world. A blog has been updated for this project over here @ IndieGoGo if you are interested in learning more about the project specifically.
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If you have any arcade experiences and/or favorite arcade games, please, share them below. I would love to hear about the games you enjoy playing.