A Passion for Pachinko
September 8, 2005 3:30 PM   Subscribe

A Passion for Pachinko
posted by Rothko (9 comments total)
The North Korea pachinko connection.

On another note, I'd be interested in any Flash pachinko simulators.
posted by rolypolyman at 3:35 PM on September 8, 2005

posted by Substrata at 3:45 PM on September 8, 2005

Them and Nicolas Cage
posted by kosher_jenny at 5:15 PM on September 8, 2005

Oh. My. God. Hilarious.
posted by Rothko at 5:22 PM on September 8, 2005

Cool article. And a nice relief from all this Katrina spearwork.

What's with the dorky handle? "The Captain"?

Spose I'm not one to talk...
posted by Hobbacocka at 5:24 PM on September 8, 2005

Cage's best work in years!
posted by Hobbacocka at 5:27 PM on September 8, 2005

Wow. Pachinko. I finally did a round of it recently, and it was fun because I was rather drunk, but I can't imagine doing it repeatedly. Also I lost my 2000 yen ($20).

Pachinko parlors are an absolute assault on the senses, the primary being sound--the places are SO FUCKING LOUD! Truly, you think a rock concert on the first row is loud? Like a summer meadow. Think an airport runway is loud? The vacuum of space.

Pachinko. is. loud. The machines themselves, level 11 music, incomprehensible announcements over the intercom. A caucophony.

Still, I could get the addictive quality of the "game". I found myself squirming in my seat as if I could make the little ball bearings mimic my body movements and just get in that freakin' hole!.
posted by zardoz at 5:55 PM on September 8, 2005

We had a Pachinko machine in our family room when I was a kid. It spent more time splayed out on the pool table with my dad cursing it than it did on our wall
posted by Mick at 6:27 PM on September 8, 2005

They say you need balls of steel to play that game.
posted by QuietDesperation at 8:42 PM on September 8, 2005

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