100 Yen: An Upcoming Documentary On The Japanese Arcade Gaming Experience

100-Yen-An-Upcoming-Documentary-On-The-Japanese-Arcade-Gaming-ExperienceIt's hard to believe that somewhere in this world there are arcades full of games, life, & activity. On the other side of the globe, Japan enjoys a culture closely integrated with the coin-op experience, something which seems so alien to the rest of the world. 100 Yen is an upcoming documentary hoping to reveal this desirable lifestyle.

The most notable aspect of this distant dream is that the arcades within Japan still hold machines from both the 80s and 90s. From Donkey Kong to Street Fighter IV, you can guarantee that a quick stroll around the busiest cities will leave you running out of coins in no time. 

Speaking of a lack of funds, the documentary 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience's title plays homage to the 100 yen coin shortage which Japan suffered upon the release of Space Invaders.

With so much history and culture to explore, 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience is set to document everything you'd ever need to know about the Japanese arcade scene, featuring exclusive interviews and HD footage of some of the most notable arcades around.

100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience

IMAGINE a world where video games reign supreme. Five story buildings filled with arcade cabinets, old and new, inundate the streets of downtown Tokyo.

Welcome to Japan. A place where the arcades of the 80s and 90s not only still exist, but thrive and have evolved into an elaborate, unmatched gaming experience.

100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it - from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today. With a predominant focus on the three major arcade genres, Shooting games, Fighting games and Rhythm games, 100 Yen explores the culture and evolution of arcades through the past and present. All filmed on location in Japan, Canada, and the USA featuring interviews with industry professionals, game programmers and designers, casual gamers and gaming icons.

Whilst the film is nearing completion, the team behind the camera are hoping to raise some funds to add the finishing touches to their production. Should you be interested in helping out, be sure to head on over to their kickstarter project on IndieGoGo.

Link: 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Official Website
Link: 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience IndieGoGo Fundraiser

Last Updated ( 19 March 2012 )  


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(Link to this comment) virusbomb 2012-03-19 22:23
I got to experience that world back in 2010. I miss Japan so much it hurts.
(Link to this comment) Addsosad 2012-03-19 22:38
Same, I last went in 2010, didn't go last year because of the trouble they had... But im back this october!
Gonna hunt down some jap megadrive games in electric town :D

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