Thursday, December 28, 2017

Weirdest things you can catch with claw machines


PHOTO: You know that joke about how Japan has vending machines that sell "used" schoolgirl panties, for the pervert on the go? Well, two things: 1) It's not a joke; they really have those. And 2) that's not the weirdest vending machine product in the world.
Bikini girls sitting in claw machines in Taiwan, the weirdest things you can catch with claw machines.
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While netizens are either salivating or baulking (hesitating) at recent reports of bikini girls sitting in claw machines in Taiwan, this old school arcade game has got gamers honing their 'clawing' skills once again.

Claw machines have seen a resurgence in popularity in Asia in recent years, but what do operators do when cute plush toys seem to have lost their charm?

To attract the crowds (and the money), they've racked their brains to come up with wacky prizes.

For those feeling hungry, they can even have some fun grabbing ingredients for dinner at arcade shops.



Grabbing ingredients for dinner at arcade shops.
PHOTO: Grabbing ingredients for dinner at arcade shops.
in China, where crabs are a popular seasonal meal. The rationale behind these machines, according to a store manager who owns one, is to assist you during those times when it's late at night, all the seafood shops are closed, and you feel the sudden urge to "chow down on a hairy crab". [2]
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In September, a claw machine filled with hairy crabs drew thousands to a shopping mall in Zhejiang, China, waiting for their chance to snatch a crustacean at five yuan (S$1) each - a fraction of its regular 30 yuan price tag.

Meanwhile, gamers in Changhua, Taiwan, could grab some tasty greens such as lettuce, cucumbers, corn, and carrots with the machines for TWD60 (S$2.70).

Others may just catch a new pet.



Catch a new pet
PHOTO: Catch a new pet
With families moving away to the city and kids generally not giving much about nature anymore, there was only one way to preserve this beloved custom: stuffing live bugs into vending machines.
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Just last month, gamers travelled to a game arcade in Taiwan to catch Surinam horned frogs. To prevent the amphibians from getting hurt, the shop put replacements in the machine which can be exchanged for live frogs.

But not all prizes offered by such operators are welcomed. In May, netizens were outraged after a video clip of a man trying to catch live cats from a claw machine in China went viral. They slammed the act as cruel.

Although it's an open secret that most of these machines are rigged, a game arcade operator in Japan has taken it to the extremes.



A game arcade operator in Japan has taken it to the extremes. it's an open secret that most of these machines are rigged.
PHOTO: A game arcade operator in Japan has taken it to the extremes. it's an open secret that most of these machines are rigged.
The machines have variable PSI strength settings for the claws. When the machine decides it's time to pay out, the strength of its grip changes. The claw during 11/12 tries will apply 4-6 PSI, or just enough to shuffle it or barely pick it up. During the 1/12 tries the claw will apply 9-11 PSI, sometimes picking it up and dropping, some successful. [3]
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Six people were arrested on Dec 23 for defrauding its customers by rigging their expensive claw machines so that no one could win anything. The police said that four women were scammed of 470,000 yen (S$5,600).

However, a Chinese man said that claw machines are not a scam and claimed to have won 15,000 toys from claw machines. Chen Zhitong's so skilled at the game that operators have pleaded with him not to use their machines. With so many plushies filling his home, Chen said he donated 1,000 of them to charity last year.

So, will you try your luck at the game arcade?



Girls’ Phone Number Vending Machine
PHOTO: Girls’ Phone Number Vending Machine
Lonely and need somebody to talk to? Insert your money in, get your button pushing finger ready and chat away with your mystery girl! [4]
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Ballet Flats vending machine
PHOTO: Ballet Flats vending machine
Two British companies, Rollasole and After Heels, sell dainty (and comfy) ballet flats to tired clubbers with anguished feet.
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By Lam Min Lee, AsiaOne, 27 December 2017


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I want to grab one!
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Reference
[1] Lam Min Lee, AsiaOne, Move over plushies, here are the weirdest things you can catch with claw machines, posted on 27 December 2017, http://www.asiaone.com/asia/move-over-plushies-here-are-weirdest-things-you-can-catch-claw-machines

[2] Cracked Writers, The 6 Most Fascinating Vending Machines Ever, Definitely, posted on 26 September 2015, http://www.cracked.com/article_22992_canadian-crack-pipes-6-weird-and-real-vending-machines.html

[3] Owen Good, Why Yes, Those Claw Machines Are Rigged, Says Arcade Operator, posted on 29 July 2012 at 12:00pm, https://kotaku.com/5929888/why-yes-those-claw-machines-are-rigged-says-arcade-operator

[4] Rebecca W, Eastasy, 11 Strangest Vending Machines in Japan You Never Expected, posted on 17 August 2016, https://www.eastasy.com/article/japan/11-strangest-vending-machines-in-japan-you-never-expected