Japanese arcades aren't dead, and here's why
- The death of the American arcade has long been lamented, but that's not the case in Japan. Granted, the focus has shifted a bit — there are fewer video games than before, making room for pachinko, purikura, crane games, and so on. And some notable locations have been forced to close their doors in recent years. But there's still a vibrant community around the arcade, known as "game center" in Japanese, and enough paying customers for there to justify a giant trade show in the cavernous Makuhari Messe center devoted to new machines.
That's what JAEPO — the Japan Amusement Expo — is, and that's how I spent my Friday.