Arm-Wrestling Arcade Game Recalled
Posted: 21 August 2007 06:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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...because it was breaking people’s arms!

Broken arms prod game recall in Japan
Maker of arm-wrestling machines to yank it from arcades

TOKYO - Lose a game of chess to a computer, and you could bruise your ego. Lose an arm-wrestling match to a Japanese arcade machine, and you could break your arm.

Distributor Atlus Co. said Tuesday it will remove all 150 “Arm Spirit” arm wrestling machines from Japanese arcades after three players broke their arms grappling with the machine’s mechanized appendage.

“The machine isn’t that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it,” said Atlus spokeswoman Ayano Sakiyama, calling the recall “a precaution.”

“We think that maybe some players get overexcited and twist their arms in an unnatural way,” she said. The company was investigating the incidents and checking the machines for any signs of malfunction.

Players of “Arm Spirit” advance through 10 levels, battling a French maid, drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua before reaching the final showdown with a professional wrestler.

The arcade machine is not distributed overseas.

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Posted: 21 August 2007 08:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’ve seen some sort of arm-wrestling game at Six Flags. Guess it isn’t the same one.

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Posted: 22 August 2007 12:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Kind of reminds me of the Painstation

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Posted: 22 August 2007 12:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Transfrmr - 22 August 2007 04:00 AM

Kind of reminds me of the Painstation

Make sure you check out the old section, say no when it asks you if you feel the pain, and check out the “Gallery of Pain” link. Yes this thing is real grin

In general, pain doesn’t bother me.  But I don’t go out of my way to inflict it on myself.  That is just too left field.

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