The Japanese Game Center: CLUB SEGAPublished on February 5th, 2011.
If you’ve never been to Club SEGA or one of the other big game centers in Japan, I’m sure you’re going to have a blast when you finally get to one. Going to a game center in Japan is in my opinion one of the best things you can do. Here’s what you can expect them to be like.
At first sight, a game center might not look like anything special, but the first thing you’ll notice once you approach the entrance is the floor guide. To put it short, game centers in Japan are huge! This one in Shibuya, Tokyo, has a total of six floors of pure fun. You will probably also notice a sign of some sort saying “ladies”. As you can see in the pictures below, at this place, Tueseday is ladies day, but it’s also common for these places to have areas where you’re not supposed to be as a man unless you are there with a female friend.
It’s also a good idea to take a look at the other rules. For example you may not enter if you’re wearing a school uniform (and you have to be 18 years old), you may not take up and use medals you find on the floor and so on.
But once you finally enter, you’re greeted with what some people would consider heaven on earth. Machines, cute plushies and more machines.
Taiko no Tatsujin is one of the most popular arcade games with many incredible players that always get an audience while playing.
And then of course we have the famous metal arm games where you can end up spending a fortune trying to get a plush toy. In Japanese game centers they have many versions of this game and you can win anything from a worthless plush toy to a Wii or Playstation 3.
The Purikura section is a vital section in the Japanese game center and it’s often part of the place where men shouldn’t be hanging around on their own (it’s not always a rule however).
There’s generally also a section dedicated to gambling, with card games, Pachinko machines, and perhaps the most odd ones, virtual football and horse racing machines. You’ll also often find the dart machines here which is my personal favorite!
You’ll probably also notice that one game center has several entrances, so don’t be afraid if you leave and don’t know where you are, you’re just on the other side of the building ;)
And there you have it, the inside of one of the biggest game center chains in Japan!
These pictures were kindly submitted by Shiranwa! If you live or have been to Japan and want to share your pictures, don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll gladly make use of them ;)