That’s encouraging isn’t it? Admittedly arcades in Europe and American pale in comparison to those in Japan, but I’d like to think they still have a pulse. Hell, they must do because we get a fair few hits everyday on this site alone. Anyways, this is what AM2 boss Makoto Osaki had to say.
Let’s not even go into the overseas market… it’s practically dead, he said. The market there is entirely redemption [prize] machines now. The users in America just don’t go to arcades anymore, because they don’t see why they should invest the effort when they have games at home. In Japan, you’ve got arcades near train and bus stations that the vast majority of the people have to pass going to and from work, so they get a lot of traffic.