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August 23, 2007

Asian kids brutally injured by a toy

Arm Spirit

Speaking of the Asian community, I was checking my email just now and I came across this story about how mad Japanese kids have been getting fucked the fuck up by an arm wrestling machine called "Arm Spirit," one of these bizarre arcade games that they have just like in that movie Lost in Translation.

The idea is that you pump some quarters into this machine and then you can challenge it in arm wrestling. Because I guess the kids over there are too lonely to arm wrestle one another. Apparently they're also too weak to play this game, since quite a few of them have had their arms broken by this machine.

Some bizarre details on the game, according to the CNN story:

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.

Now, I could appreciate if this was some design flaw in the machine that was causing so many kids to get their shit mangled, especially in a summer when there appears to be an epidemic of kids being thrown from roller coasters, not to mention poisoned by toothpaste, but no. Apparently that isn't the case.

According to a spokesperson from the company that makes Arm Spirit:

"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."

Damn.

Obviously they were a bit too optimistic in their estimation, no?

Checkit: Broken arms cause games recall [CNN]

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Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol is the celebrated author of several books, most recently NaS Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey.

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