|Famous Shibuya intersection|
|Woo-hoo!!! nerd meets nirvana|
Up on floor 2, I finally found it.
World of Warcraft-style. There were only 2 guys duking it out, but they basically controlled giant samurai armies on huge big-screens, hucking swarms of arrows, rushing infantry into battle with swords, rows of cannons firing away, all in high-definition. It was like watching a big-screen anime cartoon, with all the 1000's of individual soldiers dying gory awesome deaths. The sound effects were deafening and perfect. After that, I wandered off to a machine were a guy was banging away at a big drum. He was pretty good. On the screen were teen anime girls wearing their well-known plaid school-girl skirts. I guess if he hit the right rhythms they danced around.
Then I found an even more absurd teen school-girl-watching game... basically this guy would hit a button when the matching icon fell down on the screen... but it was all just a way to pretend you were playing. He was more focused on the movie playing in the background: a young girl in a bikini with ponderous cartoon breasts, jiggling and dancing around to Japanese pop music.
|Maid cafe billboard|
I randomly met up with an American guy who said he had been to Tokyo 22 times. He and his buddy were strolling around showing me the place, when he spotted some playstation gaming consoles. They ran over and exclaimed how cool they were. Apparently they were some rare purple see-through console you can't get in the US. It was then that I realized that Akihabara is actually a proper tourist destination for nerds all around the world. These guys were hard-core, and they were loving every second of the claw-machines, anime posters, 2-foot tall action figures, robot dogs barking around, maids walking around handing out flyers, and 5-story arcades.
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