I’ve lived in Japan for awhile now. And although I often go to game centers (To play WMMT4), I find absolutely NO appeal whatsoever to the crane games.
I see my friends, and they all drop 100 yen coins like they’re skittles into these machines. It can cost quite literally, 1500-2000 yen for one of those little action figure things, depending on how lucky you are, that I can buy for 400 yen in a store somewhere else.
Not only is it a waste of money, but it’s a waste of time, and the cute little Japanese girls monitoring the game center will be the first ones to tell you behind closed doors that the crane games are geared to lose (I should know, as I slept with a game center employee awhile back).
I’ve watched my friends go in and out and spend 5000 yen or more on these dumb things. And all they walk out with is a pillow, and a couple small action figures. Maybe it’s just Japanese culture or something, but I don’t get it.
My current girlfriend doesn’t like to even go to game centers, let alone play crane games.
At least with her I feel like I’m dating a grown up.