Game Center CX Appreciation Thread

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So recently I found about [a twitch channel that does a 24/7 stream of subtitled Game Center CX episodes](https://www.twitch.tv/gemcentacxx), and it's become my go-to thing to put on TV when I've got nothing else going on. ([some un-subtitled stuff is clipped on this account](https://www.twitch.tv/gccxstream) but isnt currently streaming as of this post)

I really like this show and I feel like it does a lot of things well. Even though I dont speak Japanese, I find Shinya Arino quite charismatic and amusing. The challenges are the bread and butter of the program, but I love the "visit a gamecenter/candystore" segments as they offer some slice-of-life views of Japan that are interesting to me, as a foreigner.

The show has been running since 2003 and there are over 300 episodes. With luck, it might make it to two decades. It's been interesting watching trends change and Arino age and develop his skills over the course of the program.

I wanted to open up a thread for discussion about the program:

Favorite episodes/moments/segment?
Maybe someone with more experience with the subject can tell me what CX's cultural impact in japan has been like?
Who would you cast for an American version of the series?

https://twitter.com/_cckirby/status/1409587176279400448?s=20

I happened to recently catch a 2019 episode where they travelled to Russia and looked at a lot of old Russian arcade games from the 80's and early 90's that had been manufactured in repurposed military factories. It was a fascinating look at a subject I'd never heard talked about before, and I should probably check out the rest of their travel episodes.

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Favourite episodes that come to mind: Parappa, F-Zero (and X), Donkey Kong Country.

I‘ve been keeping that twitch channel on in the background lately too although at this point it feels like I’ve seen every subbed episode multiple times over the years, sometimes one will sneak in that I haven't seen before. Favorite eps: SOS, Battletoads (mainly because it tickles me how much he likes the game).

I love the segments where they just show a few clips of NES/GB/SNES games from a certain year, not sure if it's everything released in chronological order or what but I could easily watch hours of just that part alone. Love the travel eps too!

The Mighty Bomb Jack saga including the live show when he asks children from the audience to help him but they mostly suck at the game

Favorite moment: exchanging business cards with Arino at an arcade in Little Tokyo in LA when he came to visit for the show

post a pic if you still have it!

Hopefully I can still find the business card somewhere but I was able to find a picture of the guy at least

@“Syzygy”#p35871 I would just add one thing to this list which is the gccx subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/gamecentercx/

It's one of a literal handful of niche-topic subreddits I follow and I find it the best current way to keep up with new sub releases.

Noobs are better off imo heading to sa-gccx.com and starting either at the start or with a game they personally love/hate!

_KACHO ON_

I loved chucking this on and getting to watch whatever episode the rotation was up to at the time, but I just checked (to do exactly that) and it looks like some time over the last day the channel has disappeared from twitch :frowning:

I can only guess they ran in to some sort of copyright issue, which is unfortunate because I don't think there even are any rights holders or distribution deals for it where I am (or perhaps even anywhere outside Japan?)

Kacho Off 😭

Fuji TV finally woke up and started DCMA'ing people.

you should get this guy on the show

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plus alex fraioli is an ideal improv zone candidate

I've enjoyed the few episodes I have seen, but I really need to watch some more.

a new, replacement twitch channel for subtitled episodes can be found at https://www.twitch.tv/gemcentacxx

fantastic!

Good collection of videos here too

https://archive.org/details/@retrocenter

You can watch it (legally, I'm pretty sure) here: https://www.midnightpulp.com/series/008003s/retro-game-master, but it has the english voice over guy, so is it REALLY Game Center Cx?

@“NoJoTo”#p42370 interesting! it used to be a Kotaku exclusive.

@“hellomrkearns”#p42397 I think I heard about that, but only found a version of the Ninja Gaiden episode which contained only gameplay and no commentary whatsoever? I still stand by my claim that the english speaking dub guy (let alone retitling it ‘Retro Game Master’) is enough to make it a separate (and inferior) to Game Center CX.

Alternatively:

What if ‘Retro Game Master’ had dubbed over Arino as well???

Looks like the twitch channel streaming reruns has moved again.

https://www.twitch.tv/gemucentacx