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The Heart Of Gaming is the closest thing to a Japanese Game Center outside Japan

28 Apr

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

Everybody always whines about the lack of decent arcades in Europe and US. We obviously do the same, since there are no enjoyable game centers in London, apart (maybe) from the Namco FunScape, but it’s more a family style arcade, with bumper car, bowling and all.

But don’t despair, things are going to change! In fact, from mid-April you are able to enjoy The Heart Of Gaming!

In a world where arcades have been replaced by casinos and slot machines, a portion of that great period in history arises, blending the gaming scene of yesteryear, with the games of the past, present and future.

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The HOG is basically the closest thing to a real Japanese Game Center. They got plenty of SEGA VS City cabinets with lots of different fighting games, but also regular NAOMIs, NAOMI DXs and other super cool machines covering many other genres (like vertical shmups). And that’s not all, because there are countless Xbox 360 and PS3 available to host your own console fighting!

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcadeSounds too good to be true? This is how it works.

You just step in, pay an entry fee, and start play whatever you want for how long you want until, at some point, they kick you out (everybody needs to sleep).

The HOG opens at 4pm every day, and closes at midnight. Overnight sessions will depend on numbers of people prepared to stay. Here’s the price guide:

Mon- Thurs: £7 (£5 after 6pm)
Overnight price –
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £6. After 2330- £8

Friday: £10 (£7 after 6pm)
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £7. After 2330- £10

Saturday: £10 all day.
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £7. After 2330- £10

Sunday: £8 all day (£6 after 6pm)
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first-£6. After 2330- £8

To provide the customers with even better value for money, they will be announcing the prices of weekly, fornightly and monthly passes shortly. Overnight sessions are cheaper if you have already paid for any of the day sessions.

Need more pics? Here we go!

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

What do you think? For us is just the heaven! And we’re really looking forward to go there as soon as possible! Still not convinced? Check out this interview with one of the co-founder!

Yes, but where is it? Easy, The Heart Of Gaming is located at 10 Cullen Way, NW10 6JZ, North Acton, London

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Arcade Passion | 2 – SEGA GiGO (Ikebukuro)

21 Mar

SEGA GiGO AKIHABARA | 池袋 GiGO

sega gigo ikebukuro 池袋

Address: 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 〒 170-0013 | 〒170-0013 東京都豊島区 東池袋1-21-1

Telephone: (00 81) 03-3981-6906

Opening time: 10:00~24:00 (10am – 12 midnight)

Website: http://tempo.sega.jp/am/ikebukuro/

Foursquare venue: 池袋 GiGO

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Our journey in the beautiful world of Japanese game centers continues with another must-visit arcade. This time we’re talking about the Ikebukuro SEGA GiGO, probably the largest game center in the whole Japan. It is located not far from the Ikebukuro station, one of the three largest commercial districts in Tokyo. This huge amusement venue offers seven floor of arcade cabinets (of every type and genre), ufo-catchers and so on. And as expected, the store boasts an impressive lineup of fighting games at its B1 floor, with daily tournaments and competitions. Like its counterpart in Akihabara, this SEGA temple often holds anime oriented events. From our personal experience, it’s safe to say that this Ikebukuro GiGO is far better than everything else you could possibly find in Japan (and in the world). If you’ll travel by this district, stop and spend some money here! Must visit!

FINAL THOUGHT: Nothing else to say, apart from that this game center is like the heaven for all the arcade gamers!

Arcade Passion | 1 – SEGA GiGO (Akihabara)

3 Feb

Step inside. Passing rows of crane games, the air is thick with gray cigarette smoke as players feed coins into slots.

Arcade staff empty ashtrays and wipe down cabinets between rounds of play. Groups of schoolgirls pile into sticker-picture booths. Mild-mannered salarymen display impressive King of Fighters fighting skills. A few of the game cabinets are connected to flat-screen TVs so bystanders can stop and ogle. Grimy VCRs are hooked up to bullet-hell shooting games, making it possible for players to record their game play, take home the VHS tape, and study. A line has formed for card-based game Sangokushi Taisen, snaking past the latest dizzying beatmania rhythm game from Konami. Houswives carry buckets of worthless tokens for roaring pachinko machines. A blue plastic gun is pulled and fired at a monitor. Bang bang! The Sega rally-car pedal is pushed to the metal. And players just keep playing. Welcome to the game center, the Japanese arcade. This is where regular folks show off irregular game skills.”

This is what Brian Ashcraft, Osaka-based writer and Kotaku columnist, wrote down as introduction for his best seller “Arcade Mania! The turbo-charged world of Japan’s game centers” (never heard of it? shame on you! save your soul and buy it somewhere NOW!). But why we chose these words? Well, because they describe at best the real feel of being in a Japanese arcade.

We love arcades (video arcades, game arcades, game centers or whatever you call them), everybody do. At least if you are old mature enough to had spent your childhood in one of them, trying to beat that damn pixel highscore. The problem is that video arcades in Europe and in the US are dead, and there is just one place in the world to keep enjoyng the joy of being the record-holder for Metal Slug X or being beaten by a stranger on a Street Fighter II match: obviously we are talking about JAPAN.

This new column has born with the purpose of let you know about all (well, most of them) the beautiful, marvellous, incredible, amazing (sometimes hidden) Japanese game centers! With the hope of building a sort of arcade guide!

Enough introduction (what a long one!), let’s start our journey and spend some ¥!

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SEGA GiGO AKIHABARA | 秋葉原 GiGO

Akihabara_GiGO

Address: 1-15-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 | 〒101-0021 東京都千代田区 外神田1-15-1

Telephone: (00 81) 03-3252-7528

Opening time: 10:00~24:00 (10am – 12 midnight)

Website: http://tempo.sega.jp/am/akiba-gigo/

Foursquare venue: 秋葉原 GiGO

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Starting this column with the Akihabara SEGA GiGO is a must. This is the ultimate temple of every arcade-gamer. It offers six floors (yep, SIX freaking floors) of game cabinets, covering any different game genre, from UFO-catchers to virtual card games, from fighting games to shmups! Obviously there are lots of competitor’s arcades in Akihabara, so to keep up with the neighborhood this GiGO offers monthly tournaments and lots of anime-oriented events and prizes.

FINAL THOUGHT: imagine all your dreams come true…this is the place you DESERVE! It’s just out of Akihabara station, so…what are you waiting for?