Game Center CX

Game Center CX is a Japanese TV show where a famous comedian (In Japan comedians are used for everything) called Shinya Arino plays video games until he manages to finish them. They usually select really difficult games, so it’s funny to see Shinya’s suffering face and interesting to see how well he plays.

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Shinya Arino trying to finish a Super Famicom game.

Game Center CX is being broadcasted since 2003, it’s so popular that there is a Nintendo DS game about the tv show and there are DVD-Boxes for each season. Shinya Arino is famous among hardcore otaku players, similar to what happens with Takahashi Meijin. There are even figures representing Shinya Arino, there is a picture of one of his figures in the the wikipedia page.

Here there is a Game Center CX video, just watching the first minute will let you grasp the essence of the show.

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More information: Wired article, en la Wikipedia article, Japanese fan site with zillions of links.

  • sheerblade

    November 5, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Lol, you know you’ve played too many games when you know the game he’s playing in the clip. I have that game in ROM format and in its original box.

  • Ten Sigh

    November 5, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    ARG! You tube pulled the video!

  • Apple Otaku

    November 6, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Arino’s friendly personality is a good match for this show. If it was Matsumoto, he’d probably chuck the controller and kick in the TV.

  • sheerblade

    November 6, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Hehe Apple I think you’d mean Hamada, he’s the one that has the short temper. Matsumoto would probably just start screaming and whining.

  • charles

    November 9, 2007 at 10:07 am

    This look interesting!!

  • Adriaan

    November 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    He’s featured in the latest Wired as well.