The best arcade game ever made is about raging and flipping a

first_imgI was just in San Francisco for WWDC, and after all of the announcements about OS upgrades and Apple’s answer to Spotify, I took a bus down Geary to Japantown to spend an afternoon weebing out.Yeah, there were Japanese stores and Japanese toys and Japanese food, but that wasn’t the main reason I went to Japantown. The main reason was to visit Playland Japan, a tiny Japanese arcade in the Japan Center Kinetsu Mall. It’s very small, consists mostly of UFO catcher (claw machines) and rhythm games, and only has two sit-down cabinets (one for a Gundam game, one for Tekken 5). However, it also has the greatest arcade game ever made: Cho Chabudai Gaeshi!, or Super Table-Flip!Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! is an arcade game where you get angry and flip a table. That’s the entire game. There is a large chabudai (a short, traditional Japanese table) mounted on an arcade cabinet under a screen. The game takes you through different uncomfortable scenarios, like eating with an unpleasant family, serving unpleasant customers, or dealing with unpleasant coworkers. The goal is to flip the table in rage to trash as much of the scene as you can.The table is the controller. You slap it hard to get the attention of people, then throw it up to make the in-game table go flying. It’s the most domestically cathartic arcade game ever made.I played a few games of Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! at Playland Japan, and a helpful arcade attendant even helped me record some of it. Watch the video for a look at the wonder of this game. It’s not a full Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! LP (oh, if only), but I got to throw a table across a living room, scatter curry everywhere, and start a fire in the kitchen because my wife hates me and my kids won’t look up from their phones.Also, I got a few Poké Balls. Like I could go to Japantown and not come back with a bunch of fun plastic junk.last_img

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