Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Game Center CX love

Some of you know my love for "Game Center CX" and some of you may not. For those of you that do, watch the video. For those of you that don't, let me explain further.

Game Center CX is a show I caught on YouTube a year or so ago and fell in love with it. The whole point of the show is that they get a comedian (Shinya Arino) to play old-school video games and see how well he does. They allow him some passwords and some help from other people, but it's mostly just showing him playing a game.

Sound boring? It's not. Even if you don't understand Japanese I have found that it's incredibly fun to watch him play and see how well he does. If you have played the game before yourself, then you get tense wondering if he will find out things you know about.

For a one-hour show they take 13-15 hours of gameplay (and keep in mind he plays that all in one go) and squish it into 25 minutes. The rest are interview segments and extras such as Arino going to some obscure corner of Japan to play some games in a side-street cafe or whatnot. It's actually lots of fun.

So, a game just came out recently (I pre-ordered it I was so excited) sort-of based on the tv show... but not really. In the game, you play as a kid who plays old-school games. These old-school games are actually made by Bandai/Namco specially for the Game Center CX DS game... it basically means that they look like they were made in the 80's, but they were actually made last year.

So the video below is a pretty decent talk about the game showing some shots and some information about the show too. I also made and update the GameCenter CX Wikipedia site, so there's lots of information there too about the games Arino plays in the TV show.