Mashable recently put out a neat list called ‘The 20 Coolest Arcades in a World’, and Tokyo took some-more spots than any other place! Well, we wouldn’t design anything reduction from a hearth of a video diversion industry, really.
Turns out though, Japanese netizens were a bit baffled by Mashable’s choices: “That’s cool??” they spluttered into their keyboards. “That’s not even an arcade!”
Topping a list during series 1 is Club Sega in Akihabara. The response from Japanese netizens: a common “meh”.
“Wha-? What’s so special about that Club Sega?”
Well…Akiba’s Club Sega is a landmark attraction – even among a stupidity of a electric skyline, it stands out. When we come out of a hire during a Electric Town exit, it’s slap crash in your face: a hulk red guide of geeky goodness, with 6 floors of feeling and information overload. It’s like someone grabbed we by a neck and screamed in your ear “YOU’RE IN JAPAN!!”
If you’re a traveller visiting Japan, we can see how Club Sega is a coolest arcade in a world. If you’re Japanese, well, we can see because it’s maybe not. “It’s full of freaks”, declares one commenter (bit harsh!) “At one point, we know they had a dirtiest toilets in a world!” adds another.
▼ Club Sega: still cool, right?
So what did a Japanese commentors consider should have been series 1? Readers were nonplussed that, notwithstanding a prevalence of Akihabara locations, there was one arcade that didn’t make a cut:
“I can’t trust HEY’s not on this list.”
“It’s uncanny they didn’t select HEY.”
“These days a usually place we go in Akiba is HEY.”
With wall-to-wall fighting games and a apart building specialising in fire ’em ups, Taito HEY (Hirose Entertainment Yard) is mostly described as a “gamers paradise”. Compared to Club Sega and Joypolis, though, it’s maybe not as obvious outward of Japan.
MMCafe Arcade Guide
Japanese commentors also forked out that Joypolis and Super Potato aren’t indeed diversion centres – Joypolis being an entertainment park and Super Potato a retro diversion shop. They do both have arcades inside though, to be fair! Arcades in awesome-looking, crazy surroundings, no less.
▼ “That’s not even an arcade! … She doesn’t even go here!”
You can review a full Mashable list here, and we’d adore to know what we think. Is Club Sega overrated? What do we make of a greeting from Japanese corners? Let us know in a comments!
Sources: Hachima Kikou, livedoor NEWS, Mashable, MMCafe Arcade Guide
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