IndieGoGo Announces the Release of Japanese Arcade Documentary
Some of the most prolific arcade games in the history of gaming have been authored, published, developed or manufactured by a Japanese entity. Both the Ms Pacman cocktail table and the Mario Bros. Arcade game originated in Japan. Quietly and patiently, plans for awe-inspiring arcade games were been poured over during the Golden Age of gaming, with relatively few ever being publicly known.
IndieGoGo wants to make sure that all those interested in the Japanese arcade gaming industry are able to learn its history. Titled '100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience,' the film focuses more on the culture of arcade gaming in Japan rather than on any individual game or influential person. Of course, there are plenty of interviews from both fans of professional, but the documentary also shows how big arcades are both in and outside of Japan.
Massive arcade centers, which are almost totally native to Japan and other Asian cities, featured in the film help to illustrate how these places shape some individuals social lives. In the US, arcades are no longer the popular hangout spots for teens and young adults. Instead, Internet cafes, coffeehouses and the ever popular shopping mall still tops the list for adolescents. While arcades generally lose money in the United States, they just get bigger in Japan.
New features, elements, hardware and innovations thought of in Japan have had a profound effect on the direction that arcade gaming has gone. The original first person shooting game came about more than 30 years ago, but it is now a staple in arcades. Even the first Ms Pacman cocktail table manufactured in Japan allowed gamers to figure out that glitches could be exploited and that game modifications could be made.
With a 100 yen coin, people can secure hours of entertainment at an exceptionally low price. Although it takes a lot of practice to master even a single game, status can be gained and relationships can be developed at any arcade in the world. '100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience' doesn't attempt to cover it all, but this doc sure does touch upon much more than just the basics.