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Arcade gaming might have flat-lined here in the West, but in Japan it continues to endure, despite the fact that the coin-op industry is a shadow of its former self.

The infectious vibrancy and energy of this culture has inspired Canadian filmmaker Brad Crawford to create 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience: a movie that delves deep into the country's obsession with location-based entertainment.

"The film's title is inspired by the fact that Space Invaders caused a nation-wide 100 Yen coin shortage; people were literally spending coins faster than they could circulate," Crawford told Eurogamer.

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Click here to read Step Inside the Offices of one of Japan's Hottest Games Developers

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Click here to read An Odyssey of Murder, Sorrow, and Peril

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Click here to read Everything Wrong with Online Gaming in Less Than Two Minutes [Updated]

There must be a reason why I don't talk to random people on Xbox Live. Oh, right. This is it. [Update]: We've gotten another copy of this video (above), which was pulled by YouTube shortly after our story aired. More »

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Click here to read Lock Up Your Dancing Daughters, Here Comes the Internet

If you've spent any time on Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga, you've seen them: young girls dancing to cutesy pop music. It's their chance to live out their adolescent idol fantasies for viewers with adolescent idol fantasies of their own. More »

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