"A delightfultour of the most innovative, unusual, and dow nright bizarre stuff you can find in a Japanese arcade."
—Chris Baker, Wired Magazine
"A fascinating, funny, and sharp-eyed look at the place where they play-test the future."
—Warren Ellis, author of Crooked Little Vein and Transmetropolitan
"Arcade Mania! is the definitive history for anyone who's ever been ensnared by a UFO catcher, lost in Rhythm Heaven, or drained of time and money spent because of a great game arcade. And for those of us who don't quite fit that description, it's a tantalizing tour of what we've been missing."
—Stephen Totilo, MTV News
"...his writing style is as fast and furious as the pixilated, fantastical landscapes he evokes."
—The Christian Science MonitorM
"It's an essential work for anyone curious about the technological and cultural evolution of arcade games in Japan."
—The Dallas Morning News
About the Author
Osaka-based author Brian Ashcraft is well-known for his witty and insightful daily posts on Kotaku, one of the net's biggest gaming blogs, and in Arcade Mania! he brings together his extensive knowledge of the Japanese arcade scene in book form for the first time. As well as working as a Kotaku editor, he is a contributing editor for Wired magazine, and his writing has appeared in Popular Science, Metropolis magazine, and The Japan Times.