Gaming in New York’s Chinatown | Film | The Guardian

The Lost Arcade, however, makes it clear that Chinatown Fair, as with all subcultures, is as much about the camaraderie and relationships made among its followers as it is about the thing itself. As one who regularly attends Star Trek conventions and crosses state lines to see the much-derided jam band Phish, this is key to the success of Vincent’s film.CF’s story is told through the eyes of two men in addition to Palmer. Henry Cen was a local Chinatown kid who gravitated to the electronics of the enormous video game consoles and, after getting a gig sweeping up, eventually became the general manager. Akuma Hokura, a classic gentle giant seen playing with his tiny kitten in his small apartment, was a street kid who ran away from his foster parents and only found solace in video games.No one is reading Proust at Chinatown Fair, but between rounds of Mortal Kombat there is a recognizable esprit de corps that springs to action when Palmer decides to close the shop down. Cen and Hokura adapt to the modern age with a more internet-savvy shingle in elsewhere, and eventually CF reopens under new (and at first totally lamestream) management.

Source: The Lost Arcade review – lyrical homage to gaming den in New York’s Chinatown | Film | The Guardian


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