Welcome to -- RETRO GAME DAISUKI ! -- a blog about the wonderful world of Japanese retro video games (ARCADE / PC-88 / X68K / MEGA DRIVE / SATURN / PlayStation / PC-ENGINE). Re-live the strangest games from the 80's and 90's. Retro games were our youth!
Author : HERZOG
-- Playing video games since the 80's ! --
Still trying to translate all the posts from my old blog. Please see this post for more info.
Also, please excuse any grammar and any other related errors you may find on this blog, as English is not my first language.
These are some very cool pictures I found around the internet of a small game center made up entirely of game prize items (basically the stuff you can win at the real-life game centers).
Don't ask me about who are all those characters though. I really can only recognize are REI from EVANGELION and the hero from DRAGON QUEST V.
The left cabinet row is comprised of new and standard SEGA 「ASTRO CITY」 cabinets. The featured games are (from left to right) : VIRTUA FIGHTER 2, FIGHTING VIPERS, SANDO-R, and GAIN GROUND.
As for the front row, there we can see VIRTUA COP and BEATMAINA 4TH MIX.
On this side we have (again from left to right) : DDR 2ND MIX, SPACE HARRIER, a really old non-video racing game called SPEED DRIVING. And finally a prize-less UFO CATCHER.
Unquestionably the main reason why game centers declined in the west was due to ther prohibitively expensive and just plain impractical bussiness model that was followed there.
Still, I can't help but think that yet another factor responsible for the downfall of arcades was that they just never aimed for the core video game fans.
In Japan everything from the ambience to the prizes you can win are mainly geared towards the average video game and anime geek. And that's why to this day the game centers in Japan continue to be popular and have a strong community support.
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