Arcades Outside Japan "Practically Dead"

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There are lots of arcades in Japan. Hell, there is a book's worth of arcades in Japan. But elsewhere? Hrm. The head of SEGA's AM2 arcade division, Makoto Osaki, calls the arcade market outside of Japan "practically dead" in an interview with game site Kikizo. Here's Osaki:

Let’s not even go into the overseas market... it’s practically dead... The market there is entirely redemption [prize] machines now. The users in America just don’t go to arcades anymore, because they don’t see why they should invest the effort when they have games at home... In Japan, you’ve got arcades near train and bus stations that the vast majority of the people have to pass going to and from work, so they get a lot of traffic.


Definitely worth checking out the full interview. That, and feeling bad for the death of Western arcades. Virtua Fighter 5 R: The ONLY Interview [Kikizo via VG247]


It's a real shame, Arcades hold some of the fondest memories in my childhood. So many great memories, so many "first times", like when I first saw and played Street Fighter II...

I hate to think that kids today get their home console with more power then GOD (maybe) but with games that are not "social"... I mean, I can't really count as multiplayer online as being true social, because a virtual community < a real community.

Besides, its all about the bragging rights. In highschool, whoever won at Street Fighter 2 vs bouts was king of the courtyard! Id rather have that then any virtual achievement/trophie ever made. Besides, doing it alone at home with no one seeing it for real it's just not the same...

I guess the arcades where just an unsuspecting victim of a paradigm shift within the industrie. I say the jump in technology from the SNEs to the PSX was jsut the beggining of the end.

I think I should go visist Japan, even if it's just to put some quarters on a original Pacman or Donkey Kong machine. The feeling has got to be overwhelming. ^_^