Oct 19 2003

This is what a Japanese arcade looks like. The machines are sit-down, your opponent sits on the other side where you can’t see, and there are actually so many people in there that you can’t move. Andy is playing some Virtua Fighter 4, for which you get your own identification card to insert into the game whenever you play. It keeps track of your stats, and you can earn stuff for your character as you play more and more. You can also go online with your phone or computer and check out your stats and find other players in your area. Apparently you can also earn turf by beating people who hang out in certain arcades around Japan. A whole culture has built up around the game and it’s just fascinating to me. There was a guy there whose character was named, “Le Big Mac”. Pulp Fiction fans around the world, unite.