DJ Shadow reminisces about his childhood in the arcade.

DJ Shadow, the West Coast hip-hop artist best known for his breakthrough album Endtroducing….., but who has fallen off the map ever since, recently spoke with Edge about his favorite videogames.

Smash TV was one of the last games I obsessively pumped money into. It was funny because I grew up with arcades looking a certain way, and I remember going to Japan and walking into an arcade and going, “I don’t get it. There are only six games in this giant room, and they all cost $5 to play.” It seemed like within a year of going to Japan, every arcade I go into is modelled after that. I don’t understand why it evolved into that, or who asked it to be that way.

I hear you Shadow. I hear you. 


-Jason Johnson