If I told you arcades were still alive and well, would you believe me? If I told you they weren’t only alive, but some filled up three story buildings, would you believe me then? These arcades do exist and they’re still very much alive and kicking, with a deep rooted culture in Japan. The documentary 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience proves this bolstering culture still thrives today.
100 Yen film covers the history of Japanese arcades from their inception in the 80′s and how they’ve evolved into an unmatched gaming culture today. They cover three predominant genres: Shooting games, Fighting games and Rhythm games and the dedicated gamers who play them. Everything was filmed on location in Tokyo and even in our own backyard at Insert Coin(s) Las Vegas.
I missed my chance to see 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience at PAX, but was lucky enough to catch it’s premiere at Insert Coin(s) a few days ago. I’m a sucker for documentaries, especially when they’re about gaming and cultural phenomenons. 100 Yen film is both of those, so I immediately connected with it and was just in shock at how extreme the Japanese culture is with arcades still to this day. They have five story buildings filled with arcade machines and every floor welcoming a different type of gamer. The arcade industry isn’t what it once was in Japan, but it’s still a thriving industry, and after you watch 100 Yen film you learn to really understand why they continue to be popular.
100 Yen’s Executive Producer is Insert Coin(s) very own Christopher Laporte, he’s poured his heart and soul into this project, and it completely shows. The documentary is done very well and really deserves everyone’s attention, but getting everyone’s attention is the hiccup in the whole process. If you want to see the 100 Yen film, you have to ask for it. Like their facebook, follow their twitter, and get the word out there!
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