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Why Aren't American Arcades More Fun?

Why Aren't American Arcades More Fun?

Tokyomango - a site that offers everything one might want to know about the "birth city of Godzilla, Gundam, all-you-can-eat shabu shabu and panty vending machines" - recently featured this great photo of its editor rocking out to a dog walking video game.

Here's more:

This is arguably the most challenging arcade game I have ever played. Much more so than Beatmania or DDR (j/k, I so don't play DDR) or Street Fighter II. Basically you have to walk on a treadmill while holding this white dog's leash. Walk too fast, and he'll get tired. Walk too slow, and he'll get bored. And when obstacles like the neighborhood bully dog or a oncoming car shows up on the screen, you better steer clear! If you mess up, your dog dies.

While I know a couple of animal lovers that would likely go hog wild over the possible dog fatality, I love that this isn't a "shoot 'em up" or dance kind of game. Okay, so I just want to say I walked my dog in an arcade. Can you blame me?

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misogi misogi 8 years
I love arcades...we need more crazy Japanese-type games like this one. :D
wrtrgrl wrtrgrl 8 years
If arcades were cleaner, maybe they would be better. But I think people like sitting on their couch playing video games. More comfortable.
7bits 7bits 8 years
Sorry mom - I can't go walk our dog right now; I'm going to the arcade to PLAY A GAME ABOUT WALKING A DOG!
catstarr catstarr 8 years
My brother said the arcades in japan are crazy awesome. I totally want to play this game!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
Sorry :oops: I tried to send you the link and got flagged!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
http://www.playdium.com/
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
Hahahaha! That's so crazy! I'm a DDR addict and I'm not ashamed--not entirely :oops: LOL! Have you ever been to Playdium just outside of Toronto, Geek? IT ROCKS!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I always liked House of the Dead. I've got to say, I'd much rather kill a zombie than my dog. :/
esk4 esk4 8 years
man I remember when I was a kid my mom used to drop me and my big brother off at the local arcade for a few hours and we used to kick some serious street fighter 2 and mortal combat butt... those were the days
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