Last night I watched the above mentioned gaming documentary based on the Japanese arcade scene, for those who haven’t seen it heres a quick breakdown of what to expect including some small sections of SEGA delights!
The documentary starts off with the Video Game breakthrough of the Japanese company Taito and the effect they had when releasing Space Invaders in Japan. Arcades started popping up everywhere and are still popular today with the likes of dedicated arcades by Taito and SEGA
The documentary tends to focus on 3 key gaming styles starting with SHUMPS and the progress from Space Invaders to heavy defence and bullet frenzy games by the likes of Cave.
From the SHUMP era things move on to the development of improved Video Game soundtracks and the journey and importance of music / rhythm games and the role they played in keeping arcades fresh and alive.
This section starts off with an interview with SEGA music legend Hiro Kawaguchi who was the main composer of SEGA classics like OutRun, Afterburner and Space Harrier.
Below – Hiro Kawaguchi being interviewed and sections of classic SEGA arcade games that he talks about during the documentary.
The music / rhythm section is one of my favorite parts of the documentary as it shows the lengths that Japanese gamers go to to be at the top of the leaderboards…and there’s some CRAZY Japanese arcader’s out there!
Below – Taking DDR to a new level of Crazy!!
Below – Street onlookers are entertained by someone freestyling on drummania.
The last main component looks at the Beat em’up genre and spends some time looking at fighting games at competition level.
Overall I enjoyed “¥100 The Japanese Arcade Experience” The version I watched had no subs so understanding the Japanese interviews was a little challenging.
If you’ve not been to Japan then you may be surprised to see the difference in Japanese culture and how popular arcades still are.
If you’ve been lucky enough to go to Japan like me then it’s a reminder of how great it is to spend time in a country that loves Video Game Arcades so much.
Below are a few photos from my trip.
My Hotel called “Nikko” in Toyohashi, It was attached to a SEGA Arcade as seen below 🙂
OutRun 2 had just been released so I took a few snaps and spent a few Yen!
To go and check out the official page click here —–>. ¥100 Yen The Japanese Arcade Experience