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Arm Wrestling Machine Recalled for Breaking Arms

samzenpus posted about 7 years ago | from the step-right-up-and-lose-a-limb dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 475

Lucas123 writes "After three players broke their arms while wrestling with a Japanese arcade machine, the manufacturer promised to remove all 150 of the mechanized appendages. Said game maker Atlus' spokeswoman: "The machine isn't that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it.""

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even women? (1, Redundant)

scottrocket (1065416) | about 7 years ago | (#20325511)

I personally have met some real Amazons who could kick most guys' butts!

Re:even women? (5, Insightful)

heinousjay (683506) | about 7 years ago | (#20326423)

To be sure there are exceptions, but in general, men are larger and stronger that women. Life is not a Joss Whedon TV show.

"Even women should be able to beat it" (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325521)

Oh my. Even considering the obvious advantage that men typically have over women in regards to physical strength, that's a pretty stupid thing to say in this day and age. Hell, and I'm not even a PC-nut.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (5, Funny)

tukkayoot (528280) | about 7 years ago | (#20325655)

Well said. You expressed your point so clearly, even a woman could understand it!

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (5, Funny)

gallwapa (909389) | about 7 years ago | (#20325783)

So easy, even a caveman could do it!

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (4, Funny)

edflyerssn007 (897318) | about 7 years ago | (#20325855)

I'm a caveman, you insensitive clod!

Really though, I get unending jokes because I'm a big guy with a beard and long hair, so....everyone's like, when did you start working for geico. Jerks.

-Ed

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326315)

I'm an insensitive clod, you insensitive clod!

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (3, Insightful)

myth_of_sisyphus (818378) | about 7 years ago | (#20325901)

I know a girl who's an expert in Krav Maga. She teaches it for a living.

I feel much safer with her when I go out, and I'm 6'7" and weigh about 17 stone.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326025)

WTF is 17 stone?

What's the Volkswagon factor?

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326049)

Just fucking Google it [justfuckinggoogleit.com]

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326079)

Just Fucking Use Real Measurements

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (1)

sh3l1 (981741) | about 7 years ago | (#20326357)

17 stone = 238lbs or ~108kg

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325923)

Shoot, I'm more liberal than most and I think the PC bullshit goes too far.

So the average man is stronger than the average woman... but it's still not OK to acknowledge that?

I took a sociology class with a crazy liberal lesbian instructor (she was nice and earnest, just not a good teacher). Anyhow, we were shown some statistic about women vs. men along the lines of "Men are stronger [taller, something like this] on average". In refuting the (larger) argument, the instructor pointed to this particular statistic and said "It doesn't take into account that some women are stronger [taller, whatever] than some men!"

I just wanted to scream out "YES IT DOES!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT AVERAGE MEANS??" but it was a lost cause; most students were just as gung-ho about being "equal" and "correct", etc. I didn't have the energy to refute every problem in that class.

Really, pointing out facts should not be frowned upon. If, on average, men are stronger than women, why shouldn't one say that? Using said facts to oppress would be a problem, but facts are facts, no matter what happen to be our beliefs or prejudices.

I mean, if I say "People hailing from Western Africa have darker skin than those from Western Europe", is there anything wrong with it? Of course not. It just becomes a problem when I add, "and so we can subjugate them." I leave it up to you to decide who "we" are and who "they" are.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326095)

I just wanted to scream out "YES IT DOES!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT AVERAGE MEANS??"

Evidently, you don't. An average is a distribution's first moment -- its center of mass. Depending on the distribution, the average can be a radically poor approximation. For instance, consider a distribution that roughly takes the shape of a torus about the origin. The average will be near the origin, despite being nowhere near any of the data points. So while the the torus might be might be (0,0,0) on average, the "average torus point" is not.

While the study might be factually true, its methodology could produce insignificant results.

Are you out of your mind? (1)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | about 7 years ago | (#20326123)

Are you seriously implying that in general men are not stronger than women? Dude you need to get out more. Anyone who has a problem with this IS IGNORING REALITY.

Re:Are you out of your mind? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326189)

No, he's merely giving an example where the average is a poor representation of the data set. No where does he refute that men are stronger than women. A little off topic, yes, but certainly not 'ignoring reality' You must be ignoring words.

Re:Are you out of your mind? (2, Funny)

unlametheweak (1102159) | about 7 years ago | (#20326303)

No, he's merely giving an example where the average is a poor representation of the data set.

I think it's more a question of what he means than what he says (no pun intended).

Re:Are you out of your mind? (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | about 7 years ago | (#20326325)

No, he's merely giving an example where the average is a poor representation of the data set.

I think it's more a question of what he means than what he says (no pun intended).

(the previewed edition... argh)

Re:Are you out of your mind? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326233)

I think he was seriously implying that, on average, people are stupid, and you're his study case.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326289)

Although given a study of a (presumably) typical population of men and women the distribution should have been valid with a strong correlation of one's height to their gender. So why do you mention this? This seems to be as pedantic as some of the worst grammar nazis.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (5, Insightful)

fractoid (1076465) | about 7 years ago | (#20326391)

Spend less time failing to understand mathematics and more time in the gym, and maybe you'll be stronger than the average woman. "On average, men are stronger than women" is a fact, if on average, men are indeed (as has been measured) stronger than women. Whether it's a good metric or a relevant argument is an entirely different matter.

Since this is Slashdot, I'll put it in terms you may be able to understand: I have a white sports car. It's decently fast. If someone were to research statistics of cars' top speeds, and find that on average, red cars are faster than white cars, it's irrelevant whether my white car or any other white car is faster than most red cars, because my car isn't an average white car. The statistic says that if you pick a random white car and a random red car, chances are the red car is faster.

Likewise, if it's been shown that on average men are stronger than women, and you pick a random woman and a random man, odds are that the man is physically stronger than the woman. That's not discrimination, it's statistics. Anyone telling you different is wrong.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (2, Insightful)

Derosian (943622) | about 7 years ago | (#20326449)

In this case Average is a very useful for the point of which it is pointing out. You can't refute his saying that with your definition, but you can refute the study with an argument about their methodology as you seemed to hit on the last bit, but in case you were wondering yes, the methodology behind most studies involving men and women studies are based on a average of 100-1000 randomly chosen men and women. Who are then compared physically.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (2, Insightful)

beav007 (746004) | about 7 years ago | (#20326379)

Did you ask her how many Olympic events have men competing against women?

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326061)

I'm not even a PC-nut
O RLY? Considering

the obvious advantage that men typically have over women in regards to physical strength
, thinking

that's a pretty stupid thing to say in this day and age
suggests otherwise.

Re:"Even women should be able to beat it" (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326141)

Sure, when I need help lifting a heavy object, I look for the nearest woman. What a load of shit. And when I feel like fucking someone, I go trying to pick up other men. Yeah. Wouldn't want to be "sexist" you know.

Politically correct people should be beaten to a pulp, on sight (by a man). The world will be a much better place.

I mean, look at the bullshit you wrote (paraphrasing):

Even though men are usually stronger than women, it's stupid to say that.

Yeah, I guess FACTS and REALITY are for stupid people. Gotcha.

Beating it (5, Funny)

gujo-odori (473191) | about 7 years ago | (#20325529)

"Even women should be able to beat it"

I dunno, I think an artificial arm would work better for helping guys to beat it...

Besides, having a woman beat it would just be so out of place for most /.ers.

lol (5, Funny)

wizardforce (1005805) | about 7 years ago | (#20325535)

Arm Spirit, which is only distributed in Japan, lets gamers advance through 10 levels battling, among other opponents, a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua before reaching the final showdown with a professional wrestler.
that would suck, get your arm snapped by a Chihuahua... what happens in Japan stays in Japan.

Re:lol (2, Interesting)

Cassius Corodes (1084513) | about 7 years ago | (#20325713)

I would really love to be in a board room where they come up with these ideas. If these are the ones that got approved, what ones where shot down on common sense grounds?

Re:lol (3, Funny)

Bryan Ischo (893) | about 7 years ago | (#20326193)

I did a brief bit of consulting for a company developing cell phone apps. They had ties to some Korean cell phone manufacturers. Somehow they had gotten a hold of some Korean arcade systems as a trial to see if they would want to market them in the USA. One was called something like "Butt Smacker" and it was an upright arcade console with a screen and a recreation of a person's butt (made out of foam and plastic) protruding just below the screen. There was a paddle attached to the side of the cabinet.

I never saw the machine turned on but I can only imagine what the "game" was ...

Re:lol (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325885)

a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua

Sounds like Saturday night at my place.

I for one... (1, Funny)

background image (1001510) | about 7 years ago | (#20325539)

...welcome our woman-beatable, arm-breaking mechanical overlords...

Re:I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325883)

in Russia, mechanical arms .... er ... tonight we dine in ... er... 1) invent mechanical arm, 2) ... em, ... hot grits! jeeze .. I'm running of used tired tropes! I need some NEW tired tropes, you guys!

We had one at work (5, Informative)

future assassin (639396) | about 7 years ago | (#20325545)

My boss bought one and it was stored at one of our stores. We'd have customers who thought they were all tough use the machine and do some damage to their arms. I tried it a couple of times and had some seriously sore shoulder for a week. If you are out of shape or drunk you will hurt yourself on the machine if you try too hard or if you up the strength level of the machine.

Re:We had one at work ... Yep (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325791)

You can break your own bones. People think of conditioning in terms of muscle only but bones also respond to exercise, or the lack of it. The best example is astronauts. They lose a lot of bone mass. They can become quite fragile. It's not all that hard to get yourself to the condition where your muscles are too strong for your bones.

My favorite arm wrestling story: I used to vacation with a bunch of farmers. One night in the lounge they had a bit of an arm wrestling tournament. The security guy came in. He was buff. He obviously exercised at least an hour a day. He was also no fool. He chose the easiest looking guy for his first match; the farm kid. He looked like he never exercised and was slightly pudgy. He was a bit bigger than the security guy but not a lot. I would have bet on the security guy to win.

Not only could the security guy not budge the farm kid, he broke a small blood vessel in his temple. Blood actually spurted from the side of his head. I was very impressed but the farmers weren't. In any event, the kid couldn't beat any of the older guys even if they were getting pretty lubed.

Perverted Justice Called... (3, Funny)

shakestheclown (887041) | about 7 years ago | (#20325891)

Personally, I'm glad the kid didn't beat any of the lubed older guys!

If you're too tall or too short... (5, Informative)

MMaestro (585010) | about 7 years ago | (#20325829)

The machine can twist your arm up pretty badly. I once saw and tried one of these machines and I felt like my arm was being torn out at my shoulder. I'm 6'4" and since the machine was practically designed for people a whole foot shorter than me, my arm was in a pretty bad position (since I tried to play fairly and keep my elbow down on the pad).

Worse still, if a player is shocked by something (the sudden force of the game or your friend decides to drop an ice cube down your shirt), since the mechanical hand "grips" your hand with its thumb (assuming you held it properly), you can seriously mess your arm up if you try to pull away suddenly.

how is this funny? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325551)

I don't understand why this is categorized as humor when it deals with someone's pain and anguish.

Also the company claims that the arm isn't that strong. Yet the physics behind the arm and the leverage is sure to make engaging the machine in a friendly game of arm wrestling into something which is needlessly dangerous.

Re:how is this funny? (1)

piojo (995934) | about 7 years ago | (#20325619)

mod parent funny

It's a scream (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | about 7 years ago | (#20325653)

actually.

Re:how is this funny? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325857)

Its called "Slapstick" and is funny for the same reason everyone laughed at you in high school when that girl flirted with you before planting her knee in your balls.

Re:how is this funny? (5, Funny)

flyingfsck (986395) | about 7 years ago | (#20325905)

Well, it is only fun till someone gets hurt and then it is hilarious...

Re:how is this funny? (4, Funny)

timmarhy (659436) | about 7 years ago | (#20326001)

What kind soft pussy are you? pain and anguish? these are drunken idiots paying an obviously dangerous game (which the japs LOVE btw), probably pumping up the strength level to try impress mates/girls and then getting totally owned - i couldn't think of anything funnier.

Re:how is this funny? (5, Insightful)

jamesh (87723) | about 7 years ago | (#20326167)

Because it's _someone else's_ pain and anguish, obviously.

It's funny on many many levels (think: Tough guy reporting to hospital with a broken arm trying to make up a story to pretend his arm didn't snap on 'sissy' level), but obviously unfunny on others.

Obviously you can only see the unfunny levels... poor you.

(Curiously, your post is rated +5 Funny :)
(Well... it was before I hit 'Preview'. Now it's only rated +4 Funny)

Re:how is this funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326275)

I don't understand why this is categorized as humor when it deals with someone's pain and anguish.
Hmmm, you and I are very different people ;-)

Thuuurs ur problem! (4, Funny)

russ1337 (938915) | about 7 years ago | (#20325555)

>>> wrestling with a Japanese arcade machine, the manufacturer promised to remove all 150 of the mechanized appendages

I think you probably would get hurt tangling with an arcade machine that has 150 mechanized appendages...

Re:Thuuurs ur problem! (5, Funny)

Spudtrooper (1073512) | about 7 years ago | (#20325733)

Guess they'll have to recall that tentacle rape simulator too...

Re:Thuuurs ur problem! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325841)

Guess they'll have to recall that tentacle rape simulator too...
You sir watch way to much hentia/anime porn

Re:Thuuurs ur problem! (5, Funny)

sqrt(2) (786011) | about 7 years ago | (#20325873)

Which is any amount.

Re:Thuuurs ur problem! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326023)

Call me when they start selling the loli simulator...

+5 funnay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326081)

Best laugh all day. Kudos!

Re:Thuuurs ur problem! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326135)

Damn those Japanese and their tentacle pr0n. Think of all those poor maid catgirls getting harassed by these things. :(

theory and practice (5, Informative)

l2718 (514756) | about 7 years ago | (#20325557)

With a reply of "the machine is not that strong" it sounds like the engineering was done on paper. It doesn't take that much force to break an arm -- it's a question of torque more than force, and I'd bet the machine has plenty of leverage.

Re:theory and practice (1)

scottrocket (1065416) | about 7 years ago | (#20325617)

plus, from the article:

"We think that maybe some players get overexcited and twist their arms in an unnatural way".

Recall the players (5, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | about 7 years ago | (#20325635)

It's really the players that are defective. The game is fine.

Re:theory and practice (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325671)

The machine may not be stronger than a human--but it is uncompromising. If you arm-wrestle against a human, they will: (a) get a bit tired, and (b) usually not purposefully break your arm. That is, they will only push as hard as is necessary to beat you, and if they see that you are hurting yourself, they can modify the force and direction of force so as to not hurt you.

If you are going up against a machine, it will just keep pushing back with the same strength, even when your eyes are saying "I give up!"

Re:theory and practice (2, Funny)

roadkill-maker (523041) | about 7 years ago | (#20326159)

If you arm-wrestle against a human, they will: ... (b) usually not purposefully break your arm.
So this machine purposely breaks your arm? No wonder its getting recalled...

Re:theory and practice (1, Flamebait)

zolaar (764683) | about 7 years ago | (#20325717)

the machine is not that strong...

the machine has plenty of leverage


Amazing, it's just like my girlfriend ...

Re:theory and practice (2, Funny)

heinousjay (683506) | about 7 years ago | (#20326479)

Because "she" is a machine as well?

Sorry, had to swing at the slow pitch...

Re:theory and practice (4, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | about 7 years ago | (#20325817)

It would also help if they didnt plug a 110 plug into a 220 socket.

what's japanese for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325879)

"You have 20 seconds to comply."

More calcium? (0)

dominique_cimafranca (978645) | about 7 years ago | (#20325561)

Methinks Japanese video game players need more calcium in their diet.

Re:More calcium? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326003)

Or steroids.

Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

Debello (1030486) | about 7 years ago | (#20325565)

I, for one, welcome our new arm-breaking robot overlords.

Beware stupid people (4, Interesting)

WFFS (694717) | about 7 years ago | (#20325575)

In that case, should cars be recalled?

"We think people have been driving in unnatural ways."

Companies shouldn't be punished for people's stupidity.

Re:Beware stupid people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325637)

You must be new here.

Prizes for winning (4, Funny)

Veramocor (262800) | about 7 years ago | (#20325583)

The Japanese sure know how to build a video game. This one came with a prize feature depending on how far you advanced. They had some crazy prizes for winning on the hardest level. The one that is most over the top was winning you own Mack truck.

Re:Prizes for winning (1)

Bluesman (104513) | about 7 years ago | (#20325723)

When I put my, uh, hat on backwards, you know, I, uh, I uh, I feel like a Toyota truck, you know.

Re:Prizes for winning (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325745)

I think he sells the Mack truck and wins a Kenworth.

Re:Prizes for winning (1)

rm999 (775449) | about 7 years ago | (#20325931)

I like how your not so subtle reference to a ridiculous (but awesome) 80s movie was modded "interesting"

Tell you the truth, the truck is, uh, you know, the most important thing for me. I... I don't really... it doesn't matter if I, uh, become the champion or anything. That's, that's not the most important... I... I need this truck.

Mechanical Bull (1)

SoyChemist (1015349) | about 7 years ago | (#20325589)

Oh no! I just bought a mechanical bull from the same company.

Obligatory... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325613)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of those... sounds painful!

Re:Obligatory... (1)

Goobermunch (771199) | about 7 years ago | (#20326511)

Only if your name is Grendel.

--AC

mG0d up (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325633)

Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325645)

In TFA there's a link to actual article on gizmodo which contains link to original article on msnbc which is entitled as coming from AP. Bra-vo.

Ob. Colbert (1)

ar1550 (544991) | about 7 years ago | (#20325657)

This is just the latest example of the increasing trend of wrist violence...support wrist violence awareness now with your WristStrong Bracelet [colbertnation.com] ! In addition to getting in on some geeky humor, you are also contributing to a good cause.

Re:Ob. Colbert (5, Funny)

rumblin'rabbit (711865) | about 7 years ago | (#20325719)

/. reader's wrists are already strong enough, thank you very much.

Finally (4, Funny)

timeOday (582209) | about 7 years ago | (#20325709)

An arcade game that's *definitely* harmful to children. No philosophical and ethical debate necessary!

Re:Finally (1)

bob8766 (1075053) | about 7 years ago | (#20326033)

I can see attorney Jack Thompson licking his lips in anticipation already

Hooray! (0, Redundant)

KCStein (1128197) | about 7 years ago | (#20325729)

I, for one, welcome our new arm-breaking overlords.

Strapped on? (2, Insightful)

pembo13 (770295) | about 7 years ago | (#20325747)

Contestants arms strapped to the machine? Is letting go not an option? There must be fair amount of pressure before one breaks their arm in such a fashion - it isn't some high impulse force.

Re:Strapped on? (3, Informative)

MMaestro (585010) | about 7 years ago | (#20325869)

The player's arm isn't strapped to the machine, but its not like you can simply let go. The mechanical arm is pushing down your hand and assuming you were in the proper position (elbow down on the "table", hand gripping the opponent's hand) theres no straight-forward motion of letting go.

Use the recalled arms for soldiers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325751)

All soldiers who've been injured can be put back into the field with these arms. You can combine them with heat seeking eyes. When an opponent is hiding behind a door; the soldier can punch through and capture them easy. Or a soldier can carry a large aircraft machine gun that can obliterate all targets in the effected area. Perhaps these japanese superarms can even lift a tank or smash it to pieces like the Hulk! Stuff like this conjures up images of Mortal Combat's Jax or Tekken's Bryan Fury, Jack-2, Robo-cop, and Ice Pirates! Oh, the imagination.

Violent video games (5, Informative)

jsse (254124) | about 7 years ago | (#20325759)

I remembered we had a boxing video game in a local gameshop. Players' punched on a padding sensor and the strength would be measured, and the screen will respond accordingly.

The game was just fine until one day accident occurred. As a matter of fact, this was not the fault of the game design itself. A smartass attempted to hit the padding with a jump-side-back-kick with spinning, and missed, and broke his non-kicking leg as it was landed on the wrong place (well, as a witness myself I must say I'm not so sure whether he had planned any landing afterall).

Needless to say, the game was recalled for 'causing violent accident'.

Violent video game is OK as long as the players don't attempt to hurt themselves in most embarrass ways.

BTW, below is the no-full-page-ad of the headline story:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=printArticleBasic&articleId=9032180 [computerworld.com]

Re:Violent video games (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326463)

I remember that game. The game was 100% passive, it's stupid that it got recalled. They should have forbid that idiot's parents to have any more children instead (and outright neutered the moron).

You have been pwned (2, Insightful)

bwen (675669) | about 7 years ago | (#20325769)

I think its great the company spokesperson has the cojones to say that "even a girl can beat it." Their machine has broken people's arms and now they make fun of the people who have sustained injuries. Do they want a lawsuit?

Re:You have been pwned (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20326015)

Do they want a lawsuit?

This is Japan, where people are far less likely to sue than in the USA.

Semi-karma whoring (1)

Yold (473518) | about 7 years ago | (#20325811)

Arm wrestling is all about leverage (duh). My buddy, who always whoops my ass (I work out enough to be strong), always gets his elbow off the table. When we were in highschool, he even beat the biggest dude on the hockey team as a freshman, and the dude was a senior.

Are there any pro arm wrestlers (hah)/phyicists/smart-dudes that can comment about a good arm-wrestling strategy?

Re:Semi-karma whoring (5, Informative)

mcmonkey (96054) | about 7 years ago | (#20325853)

Are there any pro arm wrestlers (hah)/phyicists/smart-dudes that can comment about a good arm-wrestling strategy?

Easy. Lifting your elbow up provides an advantage through leverage. AKA cheating. Next time your buddy gets his elbow off the table while arm wrestling, kick him in the nuts.

Re:Semi-karma whoring (1)

timmarhy (659436) | about 7 years ago | (#20325981)

one thing people do is pull your arm towards them, so that your reaching out.

In Soviet Russia... (3, Funny)

fearboy (309735) | about 7 years ago | (#20325827)

In Soviet Russia, game breaks YOU!

Now if the damn Russians would just invent an arm-breaking machine, the joke would work...

sigh (5, Funny)

friedman101 (618627) | about 7 years ago | (#20325935)

And yet no one will recall the real doll [realdoll.com] for breaking hearts *sob*

Would you like some salt with that wound? (4, Funny)

bakura121 (1117149) | about 7 years ago | (#20325937)

"The machine isn't that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it."

Wow... a guy gets his arm broken by an arm wrestling machine and a spokesman says "even women should be able to beat it." Talk about kicking a man when he's down. Ouch!

One step closer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20325953)

...to training meks, à la Chirox [wikipedia.org] .

Call Hans and Franz (3, Funny)

kaufmanmoore (930593) | about 7 years ago | (#20325963)

Japan has to many girly men. They need to be pumped up.

Obligatory (1)

lukesky321 (1092369) | about 7 years ago | (#20326017)

I for one welcome our arm breaking overlords

In Japan (1)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | about 7 years ago | (#20326053)

All your broken arms are belonging to us.

Japanese arcades (1)

Bryan Ischo (893) | about 7 years ago | (#20326261)

On a mostly unrelated note, when I was in Japan in 2001 they still had good arcades. Arcades have mostly died in the USA due to home consoles; the only arcades left are full of big machines that have controls that cannot be duplicated on a home system (things like recreations of rafts with paddles, skiing slopes, horses, flight cockpits, race car cockpits, etc) that cost $2.00 to play, last 30 seconds, and basically suck. The only good American arcade I have been to in this decade is the one in Chinatown (Manhattan).

Anyhoo, Japan in 2001 still had really cool arcades, I have no idea if they still do today. My proudest moment was playing Last Blade 2 versus a couple of Japanese teenagers and whooping their asses. I had practiced that game for hours on MAME at home with a Hot Rod Pro arcade joystick setup, but had never played another human. It was really satisfying to beat Japanese teenagers at the game (I don't know why, maybe because I think of Japanese teenagers as being more into video games or something, and also maybe because the game was from Japan). I still look for Last Blade 2 every time I go into an arcade but I *never* see it (except I did see it at that Chinatown arcade but it was right before I moved away from NYC and only got to play it once).

Recall=relabeling (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | about 7 years ago | (#20326335)

The machines are being sent back to the factory for some new safety stickers.

They will be returning to the arcades in a couple of months, but it will be relabeled "Arm-Breaking Machine."

The price has been dropped from $1 to 50 cents. Enjoy!

Thanks, the Management.

...Just read the comment (1)

sh3l1 (981741) | about 7 years ago | (#20326435)

Yes, most men are stronger than most women but it would be stupid to make that assumption for all women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJug16NlqPk [youtube.com]
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