I love playing Pachinko

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Did you know that Pachinko grosses more money than the annual sales of the Japanese car industry and is allegedly controlled by the Japanese Yakuza and North Korean crime lords?

Although pachinko machines were originally strictly mechanical, modern pachinko machines are a cross between a pinball machine and a video slot machine.

Pachinko machines were first built during the 1920s as a children’s toy, called a “corinth game” (コリントゲーム), then emerged as an adult pastime in Nagoya around 1930. All of Japan’s pachinko parlors were closed down during World War II, but re-emerged in the late 1940s and have remained popular since then. Taiwan also has many pachinko establishments due to Japan’s influence during their occupation in WWII. More indepth information can be found at Wikipedia

Its massive addiction in Japan leads to players fighting over seats in the smokey packed parlors and not moving for many hours on end if they deem their machine to be a good one. At night the pachinko parlor engineer retightens the pins on the machine and this makes machines a little harder to play.

It’s illegal to win money so the steel balls that players use are taken out of the parlor and exchanged at a raised booth around the corner for goods which are then later sold on for cash.

Although there are many pachinko video games these have only appeared in Japan and not in Western Europe or the US. In fact trying to find an online variant to play is very difficult with only a couple of casinos offering such a game to play online. FastWin a Playtech Casino is the only one to have been promoting this online variant, and it’s not bad, but doesn’t give you the sounds of a Pachinko parlor nor the smokey stale atmosphere, which is half the atmosphere surrounding the play of the game for me.

Pachinko machines can be found on eBay at quite good prices and the latest variants of these old machines now include extra bonus video slot style games within them for added enjoyment. I love playing them and they offer a different style of game to the usual slot machine.

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