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BBC: Atlus recalls arm wrestling arcade game in Japan

Lo-Volt

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A Japanese arm wrestling game is being withdrawn from arcades across the country after three players broke their arms, company officials said. Arm Spirit, which is distributed by Atlus, is to be removed from 150 game emporiums as "a precaution". "We think that maybe some players get over-excited and twist their arms in an unnatural way," a spokesman said.

An investigation has been launched into the incidents and the machines are being checked for any malfunctions. "The machine isn't that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it," company spokesman Ayano Sakiyama told AP news agency.

Arm Spirit gamers advance through 10 levels, pitting their strength against a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua dog before reaching the final challenge - a professional wrestler. It is not available outside Japan. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6957339.stm

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GSG Flash

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I played that game in Saudi Arabia when I was 4 or 5 and I got my ass kicked by it.
 

SapientWolf

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I hope those guys had their arms broken by the wrestler. I don't think they could live it down if it was the french maid.
 

jooey

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GSG Flash said:
I played that game in Saudi Arabia when I was 4 or 5 and I got my ass kicked by it.
different game
 

AstroLad

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"The machine isn't that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it," company spokesman Ayano Sakiyama told AP news agency.
Needs to be quoted and emphasized for brilliance.
 
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I scrolled down to the last response expected to reference to Over the Top, but it came. Now, where's my Over the Top autographed DVD at?
 
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Memo to Japan: Milk, it does a body good.

Seriously, how weak must you be if a machine that can be beaten by an average woman breaks your arm?
 

ToxicAdam

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Didn't they have a Punch-Out game that was based on arm wrestling? Am I remembering correctly? Because that game is ooold. This must be a newer game.
 

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Lo-Volt said:
An investigation has been launched into the incidents and the machines are being checked for any malfunctions. "The machine isn't that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it," company spokesman Ayano Sakiyama told AP news agency.
:lol
 

AstroLad

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Heh. I wonder if this line would make it into the story of a major American paper. Not very PC.
I know, as a corporate spokesman the guy should know better than to single out a specific group of people. Something like "Even women, small children, and the elderly should be able to beat it" would have been a lot more diplomatic but I'm sure at the time he didn't really consider how broadly disseminated the quote would be.
 

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AstroLad said:
I know, as a corporate spokesman the guy should know better than to single out a specific group of people. Something like "Even women, small children, and the elderly should be able to beat it" would have been a lot more diplomatic but I'm sure at the time he didn't really consider how broadly disseminated the quote would be.
Isn't Ayano a name for a woman?
 

AstroLad

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Tenkei said:
Isn't Ayano a name for a woman?
Right, that's not so bad then. Like a jewish guy making a jewish joke. Regardless though, PR people should choose their words a bit more carefully.
 
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AstroLad said:
I know, as a corporate spokesman the guy should know better than to single out a specific group of people. Something like "Even women, small children, and the elderly should be able to beat it" would have been a lot more diplomatic but I'm sure at the time he didn't really consider how broadly disseminated the quote would be.

Sexist!