Medal Games Don’t Fool Around In Japan

The game centers in Japan have floors and floors of arcade games to please all types of gamers.  The other day I decided to focus my time on the one dedicated to medal games.

If you are not familiar with medal games, they usually require you to use tokens or “medals” as your controller device.  By placing them into the machine they shoot out onto a table which continually pushes forward and backward, slowly moving the coins to the hole in the front. Any medals that fall in here are returned to you.  But that is only the simplest form of the game.

In the Japanese game centers these games often include additional games of skill and luck.  By getting some of the coins to fall into a hole, you can trigger a spin on the digital slot machine.  If you manage to win on the slot machine you get either more coins or a chance at the larger jackpot.  All of this is encased in an elaborate machine that can take up an entire corner of the arcade.

I got a chance to spin the large jackpot wheel but unfortunately, as you can see, luck was not on my side.  The strange thing is to see the types of people that will play these games.  People can spend all day sitting at one machine, and you would think they are winning real money.  But in the end the medals are only good for playing other medal games.  I learned that out the hard way when I tried to exchange mine for cash.  I forgot this wasn’t a Pachinko parlor.

Written by Bryan

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  2. ropes says:

    I have played at various game centers in the past and there is plenty of skill involved, but it is mainly based on a combination of timing and number of medals/coins already on the machine. (the main goal is simply to get more coins and switch machines once in a while if there are not enough coins on the plate)

    I think it is closer to 70% skill, 20% timing and 10% luck, but an option about chances and percentages about something partially based on luck cannot be completely accurate.

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    • Bryan says:

      The luck is more involved with the digital portion of these games as you have very little control of whether a game will give a win or not. It’s true you can increase your chances if you pay attention to how many coins are on the plate but you still can’t control if the coins will fall into the spin holes and if they will push foward or to the side. I would say luck is a larger percentage then 10%.

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