100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade Experience

(Vimeo Direktarcade, via Japan Probe)

Schöner Trailer zur kommenden, superinteressant aussehnden Doku „100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade Experience“ über japanische Spielkultur im allgemeinen und Arcade-Maschinen im besonderen. Die Jungs und Mädels hinter dem Film finanzieren das ganze über Crowd-Funding durch die Website Indiegogo. Das ganze sieht tatsächlich so dermaßen interessant aus, dass ich mir überlege, da tatsächlich was dazuzugeben.

IMAGINE a world where video games reign supreme. Five stories of arcade cabinets, new and old, dominate the streets of downtown Tokyo. Welcome to Japan. A place where the arcades of the 80s and 90s not only still exist, but thrive and have evolved into elaborate environments of pleasure for any gamer.

Our 8-bit childhood has come a long way. A complete sensory overload is brought on by the multitudes of arcade games, they call out to you as you wander the vast expanses of these game havens. What was once a table top amusement has become an escape from your mundane existence. If you have a couple hundred Yen in your pocket, be prepared for The Ultimate Arcade Experience™

Following gamers such as DAIGO UMEHARA (arguably the world's best STREET FIGHTER player) and speaking with gaming aficionado BRIAN ASHCRAFT (chief Japanese editor for Kotaku.com) we will explore the world of Japanese Arcades from a North-American perspective and compare/contrast the current trends of East and West gaming cultures.

Other experts include: Satoshi Numata, a professor of video games at the Osaka Electronic University; Ryan "Gootecks" Guitierrez another professional gamer from the Street Fighter scene; Bear Trickey, a game designer for Q-Games based out of Japan; and of course, we will be speaking to as many Japanese people as possible!