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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770030789
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030788
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delightfultour of the most innovative, unusual, and dow nright bizarre stuff you can find in a Japanese arcade."
—Chris Baker, Wired Magazine

"A fascinating, funny, and sharp-eyed look at the place where they play-test the future."
—Warren Ellis, author of Crooked Little Vein and Transmetropolitan

"Arcade Mania! is the definitive history for anyone who's ever been ensnared by a UFO catcher, lost in Rhythm Heaven, or drained of time and money spent because of a great game arcade. And for those of us who don't quite fit that description, it's a tantalizing tour of what we've been missing."
—Stephen Totilo, MTV News

"...his writing style is as fast and furious as the pixilated, fantastical landscapes he evokes."
—The Christian Science MonitorM

"It's an essential work for anyone curious about the technological and cultural evolution of arcade games in Japan."
—The Dallas Morning News

About the Author


Osaka-based co-author BRIAN ASHCRAFT is the editor of Kotaku, one of the biggest gaming blogs on the net (one of the top 20 most popular blogs in the world, according to the website Technorati: http://technorati.com/pop/blogs/) with approximately 750,000 hits (23 million readers) per day.

Based in Tokyo, JEAN SNOWs art, design, and media-themed blog (www.jeansnow.net) boasts about 3,000 readers per day. Both are experts on the Japanese gaming scene, and are experienced writers: in addition to their blogging activities, Ashcraft is a contributor toWired Magazine, and Snow has a column on design in The Japan Times.

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It's filled with fantastic colors, pictures, and art, and catches the reader's eye through and through.
hugerockir
There are a few about Amreican arcade history that I have read but the Amreican history of arcades has nothing on the Japanese arcade culture.
Douglas A. De Guzman
Still, it's the best book on game centers I've read and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in video arcades.
D. Gilbert

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By CheapyD on December 2, 2008
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Although arcades are all but gone in the USA, but they still live on in a big way in Japan. Take a fun trip through Japanese game centers with Arcade Mania!
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I've always been fascinated with the video games that have come from Japan and it's no secret that I play a lot of the imports (good and bad) and even in Tokyo, well take some time playing at the video game arcade machines at the local arcade or on the second-story of a grocery store in the middle of nowhere.

When you're in Japan, may it be at Sega Joypolis or a dingy arcade, you can't help be mesmerized by the various types of machines available for people to take part in. The types of games that are attracting various gamers and there is just so much available, to cover the various machines would be a major task.

That was until I read "ARCADE MANIA!" by Brian Ashcraft (with Jean Snow). I'm literally in awe of how much coverage was featured in this book. The first thing that caught my attention was the hip layout but most of all, the people featured in the book and the history behind the various arcade machines.

Brian Ashcraft's work for Kotaku.com and Wired Magazine is well-known, along with Jean Snow who also writes for Wired Magazine's Game|Life blog. Both men delivered in what probably is one of the best written books on video gaming.

Chapter 1 features "CRANE GAMES". I have to admit that when I'm in Tokyo, I spent a bit of money trying to get some of the items at these various crane games. Because the prizes offered are not always stuffed animals but some prizes are just rare items specifically for the crane game (or UFO catcher). And in Japan, when you think of crane games, you think of Yuka Nakajima.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Cancio on December 5, 2008
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My first date was at an arcade. I recall, fondly, my early childhood and teen years, blowing thousands of quarters and game tokens on my favorite arcade games. Beating my brother at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or X-Men was the highlight of most visits.
With the demise of so many game centers in North America, I have turned to my beloved home game consoles.
"Arcade Mania" takes me back to when I was a kid. As a huge fan of crane games and classic fighters, it was very interesting to learn how and when my favorite games were designed.
Arcades are huge in Japan. Mr. Ashcraft does a splendid job shedding light on the true gamer mindset of the Japanese people. All sorts, salaried office workers, housewives, teenagers, and children alike spend countless hours pouring their hard earned money into varying game machines. The gamer profiles of real arcade gamers are a great addition to the historical aspect of this book. I especially related to the bit about Yuka Nakajima.
This book is a must read for anyone claiming to be a gaming enthusiast. The arcade may soon be a thing of the past here in America. "Arcade Mania" allows you to share a passion for arcade gaming and recapture treasured memories from your past.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Todd on December 2, 2008
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This book was just plain awesome!! It opens up the world of Japan's arcades and is full of in-depth interviews with pros and fans alike!
A high recommendation!! ^^b
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By C. Wheat on January 26, 2014
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This has found a spot in my video game libarary of art books, history books, and so forth.

Pick it up and read it... If you enjoyed other books such as video gaming history or ridding the light you'll enjoy this. Not nearly as interesting a read but still very informative and enjoyable.
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By Hal on October 12, 2009
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Clear and concise, but contains a large amount of information. Serious but not a textbook. Small enough to carry with you, for when you have that urge to muse on the entertainment industries of other countries. I don't even play arcade games, and I thought this book was great.
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ARCADE MANIA! THE TURBO-CHARGED WORLD OF JAPAN'S GAME CENTERS is a fine pick for any general lending library catering to young people interested in pop culture in general and Japanese manga or pop culture games in particular. From the 2-D sexually charged 'Cute 'em Ups' game to the majong take-off Pachinko, this is a fine blend of history and cultural and game survey packed with color and vintage photos throughout.
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Great book, a lot of info, interviews with stars like Yu Suzuki, cover of classic and shotters games in japans. Fantastic pics and design.

Great book, i'm Waiting for mor books like this.
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