Virus threatens ‘game over’ for Japan’s arcades
14 February 2021 | 8:26 am
Evenings are usually the busiest time at Mikado, a retro gaming arcade in Tokyo, but these days the shutters come down early, leaving "Street Fighter" fans out in the cold. Bright, noisy game centres are still a neighbourhood fixture in Japan, but have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours.
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