Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Japanese arcade machines continue to innovate


Not many people realize that the smash hit that is Guitar Hero was once an arcade machine in Japan (in fact it still is). The Japanese arcade scene is extremely creative. While in some other countries “arcades” mean your traditional small cabinet with a joystick and a couple of buttons, in Japan one can find touch screen machines, machines with musical instruments, machines that you need to use collectible cards to play among others.

Every time I step into an arcade here in Tokyo, I find something cool, something new… In this case it was this – a shooting game where you travel between floors in a building, going all the way from the basement to the roof. The twist? Well, there are two – There are “quick time events (QTEs)” where you need to drop the gun and use the three buttons to get your character out of tight spots and as you move from floor to floor you take the elevator. This elevator taking would not be so significant if it was not for the fact that the machine actually has elevator doors closing and opening between the floors. It’s such a small thing that it might seem like a gimmick but it is more than that. Since it is something physical it definitely helps with the immersion and when it gets stuck with enemies rushing from left and right it is definitely a rush.


Hideki said...

Wow, I've never seen that one... Every time I go back to Japan, I enjoy cool gadgets at Yodobashi. My wife is reluctant to go to that kind of places though :)

Ulaş said...

Yeah definitely men seem to appreciate these places more Hideki :) And in your case, Yodobashi is pretty tame too. It even has a floor for beauty products so it is much better than hanging out at arcades as you know ;)