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Postby Txkun » Thu 03.09.2006 4:12 am

When I was in Japan one thing that impressed me (and I didn't understand) was Pachinko.I have some questions about them:

How many Pachinko may be in Japan (every major city seems to have 50+)?

How is considered playing Pachinko? Is it bad or good for reputation?

Didn't seem to me a 'social' game. I mean do you go to Pachinko with friends?

Who plays Pachinko? young people, middle aged, old people?

Why do you think people is so interested in it? Advertising?

When Pachinko was born and how it became so famous?

How people can not get his ears broken by that noise? ;)

Thanks for any information!
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RE: Pachinko

Postby tyle7 » Thu 03.09.2006 4:43 am

Here's a link for those of us who hadn't come across the term before. (I got curious and had to google it)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachinko
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RE: Pachinko

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 03.09.2006 5:19 am

I'm no expert (I've played once, and lost 500 yen in under a minute. I swore never to play again) but I do watch pachinko tournaments on TV when there's nothing else on. :/

How many Pachinko may be in Japan (every major city seems to have 50+)?

More than I care to imagine. In my town of 5000 people, we have two large pachinko parlors. There are many more up the street in the next town.

How is considered playing Pachinko? Is it bad or good for reputation?

I would say not good for the reputation, in the same way that any gambler (especially obsessive gamblers) has a bad reputation.

Didn't seem to me a 'social' game. I mean do you go to Pachinko with friends?

Most people don't, but I know of pachinko couples that go and spend time at the local parlor. I can't think of anything more boring, personally.

Who plays Pachinko? young people, middle aged, old people?

Everyone who wants to gamble. ;) I've seen people from every age bracket lined up at the parlors before opening.

Why do you think people is so interested in it? Advertising?

People like winning money. It's addicting. There's a lot of different styles. It's the same as any form of gambling, and it's the only one that's readily available in Japan.

When Pachinko was born and how it became so famous?

That, I have no idea. ;)

How people can not get his ears broken by that noise?

That, also I have no idea. I assume they're already deaf. ;)
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RE: Pachinko

Postby Mukade » Thu 03.09.2006 5:28 am

The theory of pachinko's origins lie in pinball, brought over by American servicemen just after the war's end. Don't know if this is true or not, since I wasn't even alive then...

But more than the noise of the parlors, I've always wondered how people can breath in those places. Just walking past the front of one is like sticking two very old, very well used ashtrays up each nostril...:@
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RE: Pachinko

Postby Shibakoen » Thu 03.09.2006 2:32 pm

One note. You don't win money in Pachinko. You win little prizes. Gambling is "illegal" in Japan. (Yeah, I know, tell that to the Mah Jhong players.) Anyway, there's usually a place close by where you can trade in the little prizes for money.
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RE: Pachinko

Postby keatonatron » Thu 03.09.2006 10:00 pm

I have friends who have won lots of money at Pachinko. I played it a few times and it was SO BORING.

People of all ages do play, however the most common customers are middle-aged men and salarymen.
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RE: Pachinko

Postby I-samu » Sat 03.11.2006 9:11 pm

My relatives in Japan look down on it.
They say it's dangerous, and should only be played seldomly.
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RE: Pachinko

Postby keatonatron » Sat 03.11.2006 11:19 pm

It's the same as any for of gambling, and is usually viewed as such. There are plenty of people who have lost everything to pachinko machines... And a lot of people do look down on it just like people in the states look down on slot machines or casinos.
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