PAUSE: New videogame documentary explores the strange, wild world of Japanese arcades.


Brad Crawford has a trailer for his new documentary titled 100 Yen. There aren’t a ton of details but in his words:

100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it – from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today. With a predominant focus on the three major arcade genres, Shooting games, Fighting games and Rhythm games, 100 Yen explores the culture and evolution of arcades through the past and present. All filmed on location in Japan, Canada, and the USA featuring interviews with industry professionals, game programmers and designers, casual gamers and gaming icons.

Featured talking heads include “Daigo Umehara, Brian Ashcraft, Taito, Clover-TAC, Justin Wong, Aaron In Japan, Gootecks & Mike Ross.” Check out their IndieGoGo campaign if you want to help make the film a reality.