11 Jan '12, 5am

Who said game arcades are dying? Arcades in Japan find a whole new audience - senior citizens

TOKYO (AFP) - Once the preserve of rowdy teenagers, game arcades in Japan are rapidly becoming the hippest place to hang out for a whole new generation - their grandparents. With plenty of time on their hands and cash in their pockets, well-behaved elderly customers make up a significant and growing number of those prepared to feed coins into machines for a few hours' entertainment. The so-called 'silver market' is increasingly important for industries in Japan, where a plunging birth rate and a long life expectancy is leaving society increasingly top-heavy. And for the elderly themselves, arcades offer a chance to find fun and friendship away from the more traditional pursuits of old age. Rather than the fast-paced shoot-em-ups or the hand-to-hand combat video games their grandchildren play, older gamers are more likely to splash their cash on 'medal games', in which play...

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