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Silent Hill is not a pachinko machine and Konami does not make pachinko machines


There's something I need to get off my chest. 

There is no Silent Hill pachinko machine. Look at it. There's a picture of the thing, right up there. Does it look like a pachinko machine to you? Do you see any balls? No. It's a slot machine. A fruit machine. A one-armed bandit. Whatever you call them in your culture.

I can understand the confusion. The Japanese call slot machines "Pachislot" ("Pachisuro"). It took me a couple of years to figure that one out myself. What I can't understand is why I haven't seen the mistake corrected anywhere. On any site. Even Japanese-savvy bloggers and vloggers have published the above picture, WHICH IS CLEARLY NOT A PACHINKO MACHINE, and called it a pachinko machine.

I'm pretty sure there's a subtle form of linguistic racism at play somewhere. "Pachinko" has the whole LOL JAPAN thing going on for it. And it's a funny word. Check out this article at Siliconerathis which reports Konami filing a patent for "Big Boss" which covers slot machines, medal machines, pachinko machines and collectible card games by hooting "KONAMI'S PACHINKO COMPANY FILES BIG BOSS TRADEMARK!"

Now, I know for the purposes of clickbait journalism (and comedy) it just sounds better to say "Konami makes pachinko machines now." However, "Konami's Pachinko Company," has made one pachinko machine ever - Magical Hallowe'en in 2014. So if you say "Konami makes pachinko machines," using the plural, you are wrong, sir. Good day.

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About Dalek Sexone of us since 3:11 PM on 02.27.2013

Z list internet comic. I have worked on stuff for podcasts like What A Fool Believes, We Are The Lolocaust, The Monday Movie Show and The Gamescast. I named myself while I was blogging for Tachyon TV. There is a Dr. Who character called "Dalek Sec," only I made it a penis joke. Witty.

I have a Youtube channel where I play terrible mobile games. Sometimes I write and sing funny songs, like the Tailspin theme I rewrote to be about Jonathan Holmes.

Every print magazine and most of the websites I have ever written for have collapsed pyrotechnically within months, making me the Typhoid Mary of games journalism.

I used to write and manage the front page of Encyclopedia Dramatica when it was still good (pre-2008).

I got fired from NTSC-UK once.