Japanese Arcade Mania Book By Kotaku's B. Ashcraft

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Brian Ashcraft's book, Arcade Mania: The Turbo-Charged World of Japan's Game Centers, is available for preorder on Amazon. Brian explains that with the arrival of Street Fighter IV, now's the right time to explain the history, culture and color of Japanese arcades. (For the first time in English, too.) [Kotaku, Amazon]

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I've always wanted to start up a big arcade, serve popcorn and french fries and soda, and all the 80's classic stuff I miss so much. Except it's a guaranteed failure, nobody wants to play stand-up arcade games for money these days except nostalgics like me. BUT, if I ever did see a business plan for an arcade that worked, I'd do it just to work at something I love.