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#1 CheapyD

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:57 AM

I am embarassed to admit that I sunk about 1000 yen (about $8) into this machine.
Its one of those "UFO" machines where you use the crane to lift out the prize.
I didn't even come close to winning but I did curse Pac-Man's name several times. I should have just "hired" a Japanese guy to win one for me.
Mrs. CheapyD was ashamed of my failure...something about dishonoring her ancestors.

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#2 weevles

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:59 AM

ooo, there's little green DQ slime plushies in there too.

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:59 AM

Hey, what's a Dragon Quest Slime doing in the Pac-Man machine!

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#4 ryanbph

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:10 AM

was it the pac man thing that did the dishonoring? Good try, I would have kept going and wasted more money on that pac man thing.

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#5 Ikohn4ever

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:20 AM

i have only won once at those machines, an Alf Cup, that was a long time ago. I still bust on the lil melmacian every once in a while.
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#6 guardian_owl

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:25 AM

Last time I tried that machine I had a lock on a mini-hulk plush but then another toy got in the way.

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#7 Michaellvortega

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:25 AM

Smash the glass and take one, what are the Japanese cops gonna do, ask you to put it back? LOL
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#8 RAMSTORIA

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:29 AM

im with the others, forget pacman, get a slime

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:47 AM

Sorry for gloating but I was once a crane machine master. I'd win at least something for every 3 bucks worth of trying most of the time. These days though I'm rusty from a lack of machines around where I usually go.

Here are some tips.

1. Don't go for packed in prizes.

2. Use a buddy to get a different point of view. Sometimes you might be lined up perfectly but the crane angle that goes towards and away from you might be off. Have a friend stand next to the machine looking or look over real quick before time runs out to see if you're lined up pefectly to what you're aiming for.

2. Arms and loops. Go for stuffed items with arms and legs that look stiff and in hook fashion. If the crane goes over it just right they will connect like a barrel of monkeys. loops of string that sometimes are on things also work.

3. Don't use sloppy cranes Now you won't know until you play the machine but some machines cranes are so limp it is almost impossible to hook anything. You can usually detect this by the kind of snap the crane has when pulling up. If it looks like really limp just walk away and play another day.
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#10 Graystone

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 03:21 AM

I see why you, You were trying to pick up a round ball with only 2 claws, unless it rotated.
Cool machine though.

#11 MassiveDuck

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 02:09 AM

Yeah, Does that only have 2 claws? How is that even possible. Also, How would a rotating claw help?

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 02:11 AM

god I wish I lived in Japan. Minus the whole bird flu and typhoon/hurricane/tsunami stuff.

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#13 Saucy Jack

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 02:25 AM

god I wish I lived in Japan. Minus the whole bird flu and typhoon/hurricane/tsunami stuff.


I'd like to live there for a while, too. If only I had money and knew Japanese...

Still, it'd be cool to just look around and maybe catch a NJPW card.

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 04:24 AM

Did she commit Harakiri?

#15 GuilewasNK

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 04:30 AM

Man, I really need to find my Pac-Man coin bank from when I was a kid. Best Pac-Man merchandise ever.

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 05:28 AM

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 08:03 AM

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1 play = 200 yen, where as 3 plays = 500 yen.:-k

Cheapy, I hope you didn't dishoner cheap ass gamers by not spending those 1000 yen on 6 plays.:D

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#18 R1V3R5

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 08:27 AM

I got a Darth Vader mug out of one of those things once. I spent about $4 and was about to give up, even thought about tilting the machine when no one was around, then BAM! I got that little bastard. The force was with me there, people!
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#19 Saucy Jack

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 08:29 AM

1 play = 200 yen, where as 3 plays = 500 yen.:-k


When I read this, I immediately thought of Cheapy wearing jeans and a leather jacket, in an emotionless voice:

"Hmm... 1 play... 100 yen."
"Yes, I will try this game."

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#20 thorbahn3

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 08:56 AM

When I read this, I immediately thought of Cheapy wearing jeans and a leather jacket, in an emotionless voice:

"Hmm... 1 play... 100 yen."
"Yes, I will try this game."

"Care for a game of Lucky Hit?"


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#21 KingDox

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 08:33 AM

Those plush toys in the crain games are quality. I've gotten a few from where I get my comics and toys. It may just be easier to find one online.

I'm sure if I was in japan I would mark out for so many toys.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:25 PM

Those are gully.

#23 Zenithian Legend

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 01:33 AM

god I wish I lived in Japan. Minus the whole bird flu and typhoon/hurricane/tsunami stuff.


Don't forget about the Godzilla/Rodan attacks...
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#24 spamjizz

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 05:36 PM

Your a giant over there, just break the glass and take one!(remember its the american way)

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 05:45 PM

When I read this, I immediately thought of Cheapy wearing jeans and a leather jacket, in an emotionless voice:

"Hmm... 1 play... 100 yen."
"Yes, I will try this game."

"Care for a game of Lucky Hit?"


:D That's great! If I was in Cheapy's place...I'm afraid to think how much money I might have blown. A plush Pacman is just too cool.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:23 PM

I want one of those..they look freakin awesome :)

Keep your stupid italian plumbers with their hairy backs and their gold chains and give me a pac-man any day of the week!

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:26 PM

Give bust from Arrested Development a call he can give you some expert pointers.
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:07 PM

wow, those are some of the coolest prizes i've seen from a "claw" game!

Well, to be honest, it's hard for people to be outraged about something once they know the facts. And it takes more effort to dig up facts than be outraged. ;)

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 11:43 PM

i got an Ipod from one of those stop the spinner games.. that ruled.

i've seen some claw games in the US that had some sweet prizes.. like comic book heros and the ilk. never many that are V-game related unless its mario.
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#30 Rhippo

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 05:22 PM

I just saw a machine just like that with those pacman and ghost in it up at the Kalahri at the Wisconsin Dells.

and I know this topic is old

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