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Akihabara Arcade Challenge!!

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Published on 04.28.2016 So arcades have been a thing of the past in the western world for a while but in Japan, arcades are still just as popular as they were when the super famicom came to be. Arcades in Japan, which by the way have a much cool name of Game center, have everything for everyone. Do you like Rhythm games like DDR well there is an arcade floor for that. What about those who would like to do a virtual horse race with their friends or maybe play some darts and billiards? Well Japanese arcades have those as well; among a mass of other things. The most popular of these would have to be the UFO catcher games or prize games that allow people to have the chance to get special one off items that are no long in stores. Of course these all skirt the edges of the Japanese law against gambling by being a game of skill not luck. Even if it doesn't really seem that way.

For the most part all of these games only cost about 100 yen or $1 which is actually quite a good price for the fact that you usually get about 4 levels out of a game before it asks you to pay again. Along with this all the fighting games and rhythm games, of which there are loads, come with a co-op or competitive option. So most of the fun of going to these game centers, other than to hone your skills to become the greatest street fighter player of all time, is to play against your friends or in a tournament to show off just how good you are. As we see Stu do in this video against his girlfriend.

Another highly popular part of the arcade in Japan is the Pirikura which is short for Print club and is like a Japanese photo booth. However if you are a foreigner trying to use these they might be a little difficult to understand as there is generally no English option. On top of that there are quite strict rules regarding guys using them as most offer cosplay for girls to use so to avoid males entering the changing area, generally speaking there will be a staff member standing guard and deterring anyone who is not permitted. But there are a select few Pirikura that allow for couples and groups to enter as long as there at least one girl but you must check this before trying to enter the Photo booth.

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http://japan.stripes.com/news/arcades-still-craze-japan

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