When it comes to the overall arcade experience, there are several factors about arcade businesses to help them stand out – the social atmosphere, the game selection, the overall design, etc. No two arcade centers are going to be exactly alike but there is one place in the world where arcades really stand out and that is in Japan. Not just because of their multi-story design or the game selection that features a variety of game types that don’t always get much attention elsewhere, but also due to the culture of video games that exists there. All this is worthy of taking a deeper look at and documentary filmmaker Brad Crawford has done just that in 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience, which you can watch a trailer to below. He interviews several different people who get into what makes Japanese arcades so popular and special.
The documentary is not quite complete yet and Mr. Crawford is trying to raise money to return to Japan to capture some additional footage and secure more interviews. You can find out more about the project as well as donate money to help them in their efforts @ IndieGoGo.com