Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets
I live in Tokyo, and I've seen tons of similar-looking arcades close within the last 10 years I've been here, including some in very recent years. Video arcades are still somewhat of a thing here in Japan, unlike most other countries - though they are rapidly disappearing here as well. As others have pointed out, judging by some of the games pictured, this arcade hasn't been closed for more than maybe 10-15 years at the very most, and I'll bet it's actually a lot less than that.
I should mention that I do collect arcade boards a bit myself, so I have an idea of what the market is like here in Tokyo. To put it bluntly, the majority of this is considered junk here - especially the cabinets, which all have CRT displays. CRT cabinets are desirable to classic arcade game collectors - maybe to have just one or two at home for personal use - but the majority of them get hauled to the dump nowadays since there is little demand for large quantities of them in still-operating arcades. As for the boards, I'm sure there might be a few semi-rare ones in there that might sell for a few hundred dollars, but I can tell you with certainty that most of them would likely sell for the equivalent of $5-30 US$ in an online auction in Japan. To be blunt, the reason this stuff is still in this building is because the previous occupants didn't have the money to have it hauled to the dump - and little of it has higher value than it did when the arcade was closed. Most of it has probably actually gone down in value.
This is really a poor excuse for news, and I'm surprised Slashdot bothered posting it. It might look like a cool find to people outside of Japan and people who don't know much about arcade equipment, but to those who do know, this find is barely worth mentioning at all. I would consider it a pretty cool find if a friend had found it, for instance, but it's certainly not international news-worthy.
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Better not tell the universe it shouldn't exist. We don't want it to realize that and suddenly stop existing - like when Wile E. Coyote realizes he has already ran off the edge of a cliff and is running in thin air.
I suffer from jet lag ...
I and most people I've discussed it with have usually stated having the opposite problem. For me and the people I know it is usually travel between East Asia and the U.S., though, not Europe.
China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea
Yeah. Build more islands, so they have more useless pieces of land to fight over with neighboring countries. That'll solve the problem.
What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?
There are already tons of things that can kill you on the ground. Medical professionals should focus on those, rather than the tiny fraction of human beings who will ever have a chance to experience space travel.
Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales
To paraphrase: It is the best easily of the current generation because my family likes it. It doesn't matter what other people like. Never mind that adolescent males and single aging nerds are the core gaming audience and they prefer consoles like the PS4. No, all that matters is my family, and we like the Wii U. Therefore it is the best. Easily.
Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
How about the Center for Disease Control's study where they showed the number of men "made to penetrate" women were almost as high as female victims of rape.
Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture
...I eat vegetables from Fukushima all the time. Just bought some Fukushima broccoli the other day.
Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels
"The study "puts a nail in the coffin" of the debate over whether mice and rats will run on wheels in a natural setting..."
Efforts To Turn Elephants Into Woolly Mammoths Are Already Underway
...engineer an ape by modifying human DNA to have hair all over its body. Sounds like pretty much the same idea.
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Who even reads magazines anymore?
Microsoft Unveils Xbox One
Seriously, what's with the name? I've heard people using "Xbox 1" as slang for the original Xbox for as long as the 360 has been around.
Game Review: Street Fighter X Mega Man
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Accidentally bounce yourself into a miles-long crack and you'll be treated to a slow and agonizing fall to the depths of the moon before your oxygen tank is depleted.
Geomapping Racism With Twitter
Yeah. Wish they had warned me before I clicked on a link to Jezebel. Ouch! My eyes!
Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015
Kingdom of the Geriatric Ward, starring Harrison Ford. ...or just make it star his son instead. "Indiana Jones Episode 5"... or his father. "Episode 0".
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I moved from the U.S. to a country that uses metric ten years ago, and now I can barely estimate how much anything is in imperial anymore. My mind has completely switched to metric. If I can do it, so can a whole country of people.
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Yes, 2013 sounds like a very good year in which to set my futuristic sci-fi film. "In the year 2013..." sounds so damn futuristic. (Seriously, it does.)
Stanford Study Flawed: Organic Produce May Be More Nutritious After All
This is no rebuttal at all. It doesn't prove anything in the study wrong, or even really try to refute any of it. I was skimming the article for the counter-argument, and couldn't find it. I don't understand the purpose here, or why /. posted this. This is a post on somebody's blog... or pseudo-journalism at best.
Facebook Wants You To Snitch On Friends Not Using Their Real Name
Facebook is the online place for people's offline identities. If you want to use a pseudonym, go somewhere else.