Test your metal! General Nonsense 23 AUG 2007

Arm wrestling Arcade GameI don’t know when last you’ve been to a games arcade, but I’m sure you know of the machines which let you test your strength in various ways, like punching a button with a mallet or smacking a boxing bag, etc.

Well anyway, about a month ago, games producer Atlus brought out a nifty new arm-wrestling arcade machine called Arm Spirit which basically allows gamers to advance through 10 levels, battling, among other opponents, a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua before reaching the final showdown with a professional wrestler. (The machine was only distributed in Japan by the way).

Anyway, this Tuesday Atlus was forced to recall its 150 Arm Spirit arm-wrestling machines from Japanese arcades after three players broke their arms while wrestling with the machine’s mechanized appendage.

“The machine isn’t that strong, much less so than a muscular man,” said an Atlus spokeswoman. “Even women should be able to beat it,” the company claimed, saying that it would check the machines for malfunctions as “a precaution.”

“We think that maybe some players get overexcited and twist their arms in an unnatural way,” the rep added.

Either that or Japanese people better start drinking more milk.

Though perhaps not this milk.

Related link: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/arm-spirit/

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.