"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.