Home of Sega, Nintendo and Sony, Japan has a unique and powerful presence in the world of video games. Another thing that makes Japan unique in the gaming world is the prevalence of game arcades - there are 9,500 'game centres' in Japan, with more than 445,000 game machines. "Arcade Mania" introduces overseas readers to the fascinating world of the Japanese gemu senta. Organized as a guided tour of a typical game centre, the book is divided into nine chapters, each of which deals with a different kind of game, starting with the UFO catchers and print club machines at the entrance and continuing through rhythm games, fighting games, shooting games, retro games, gambling games, card-based games and only-in-Japan games.Covering classic games from Space Invaders to Street Fighter, as well as the unique, quirky games found only in Japan, "Arcade Mania" is crammed full of interviews with game makers and star players, and packed with facts about the history, background and characteristics of each game, all lavishly illustrated with photographs and game graphics. This book is a must-have for gamers everywhere.The only book to introduce the phenomenon of the Japanese game arcade to overseas readers - organized as a tour of the typical arcade, each chapter dealing with a different type of game: from crane game machines to fighting, shooting and gambling games. It includes the history, background, and characteristics of the different types of game - sidebars and information boxes include interviews with game makers and star players, tips on how to play the games and many other fascinating facts. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of game arcades and game graphics, this book will appeal to gamers everywhere.
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