Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Arcades outside Japan are "practically dead", say Sega

Makoto Osaki, head of Sega's AM2 arcade division, said that the arcade market outside of Japan is "practically dead" in an interview with Kikizo. He says that overseas only prize machines are popular, whereas in Japan arcades are everywhere, such as near bus and train stations which are passed by workers every day.

In the UK, arcades are only ever found in service stations, seasides and airports. They used to appear in nearly every town, but all of these disappeared with the 1990s. The one in our town closed in 2000, which was very disappointing and saddening. I can only hope that arcades see a resurgence in popularity in the future.

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