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Seniors take over Japan's arcades

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aww grandparents playing vgames lol cute!!! i love video games too!!

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Cool

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Angry birds is best

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JapanGal.

Try a game like "Portal 2", that will make your brain smoke.

Good on the Elders reliving their youth, some of those old games were great. Wish they would bring back air-hockey, pinball machines, etc.

Also great for keeping eye-hand co-ordination, brain-power, etc going.

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OK a bit of video gaming fine, but like far too many it becomes part of the lives, how sad, this dude sounds like a perfect example of what NOT to be, he likely worked, ate/drank & slept for most of his life, retires & the tv is his best friend, how sad is that & now video palours to the rescue..........................what a crappy life, one far far too common on these isles.

More Japnese really need to take up some good hobbies all their lives so they have something to look forward to when they retire, what a waste

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If I see an oyaji start up a Dance Dance Revolution machine and break a hip in the process, I am sooo going to be filming on my keitai and posting on YouTube.

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The above article states: "older gamers are more likely to splash their cash on “medal games”, in which players drop coins into slots where they hope they will knock over other piles of coins.

I prefer such games as those that exist in Las Vegas and Macau. There, you can win "real money," not the slugs that are used in the machines here in Japan. The same goes for the slots ...

I like the feel of real money ...

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Those who have made it so far but choose to spend a hunk of their valuable remaining time in these cacophonous hellholes clearly never had much going for themselves in the first place.

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They should add drinks and large-screen TVs to watch sports, haha!

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Retirement age is too young in this country.

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@GW

-OK a bit of video gaming fine, but like far too many it becomes part of the lives, how sad, this dude sounds like a perfect example of what NOT to be, he likely worked, ate/drank & slept for most of his life, retires & the tv is his best friend, how sad is that & now video palours to the rescue..........................what a crappy life, one far far too common on these isles. More Japnese really need to take up some good hobbies all their lives so they have something to look forward to when they retire, what a waste

Who are you to so harshly judge someone you don't even know ? There are countries - such as the US - where everyone, when first introduced, uses "first names" and where they (seem to be) almost immediately on "friendly terms". In Japan, the culture is quite different. One is usually called by one's family name and the "distances" are kept for quite a long time - sometimes forever. How do you know if this person isn't extremely shy ? TV as a "best friend" is not such a bad choice ! At least it doesn't "answer back" ! (For the moment - but apparently it will soon be able to...) "Live and let live" however the other person wants do - sometimes is forced to - live.

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