Rare photos of a North Korea amusement arcade


30 Responses to “Rare photos of a North Korea amusement arcade”

  1. The Chemist says:

    The sun shines over there?

    Seriously, the lack of press coverage and the few bits of grainy footage of North Korean TV that I’ve seen makes me imagine the place to be overcast and gloomy most of the time.

  2. netsharc says:

    The part in that couple’s story of the girl believing life in her village is better than in the rest of the world (because the propaganda says it’s a barren famined war-stricken place) is amazing. Truly Orwellian. I wonder how many will go mad when that day of liberation comes.

  3. optuser says:

    Hey gang. Thanks for name checking the Yie Ar Kung Fu. I had totally forgotten about playing that as a kid. I must’ve dumped fifty bucks in quarters into a machine one summer. Think I’ll go get the Konami Klassix version for the DS and be entertained for about 5 minutes.

    Thanks for the memories, Kim Jong Ill!! Please die quietly in your sleep so I may come and make grilled cheese sandwiches for your citizens.

  4. sigismund says:

    Wow… I thought that the only video arcade game in North Korea was named… MiG 15 !!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Come on guys… this is a hoax.. they just let these kids sit at the Nuclear launch facility.

  6. silus says:

    You try finding Yie Ar Kung Fu in a UK arcade. I’m moving there.

  7. Anonymous says:

    lol, those are my photos, taken last year.
    As far as i can remember this was at the Mangyongdae Fun Fair. You have to admire their ability to keep those machines working for so long. I mean, getting spare parts can’t exactly be easy for them. The oldest machine in those photos is Western Gun, from 1975 I think.

    – J

  8. robulus says:

    Those cabinets are commonly available, and are a pretty price effective choice for a MAME cab if you have the space.

  9. eviladrian says:

    Oh no, the Egg Monroe virus is spreading!
    They am play gods!

  10. Nelson.C says:

    It’s somebody who moved while the camera shutter clicked. It’s probably dimmer in there than the picture makes it seem, and the shutter speed was dropped to compensate.

  11. Ratdog says:

    Considering how he seems to be incorporated into everything, I would not be surprised if Kim Jong Il-II is a playable character.


  12. wrybread says:

    What’s with the glass hood? If that automatically lifts up with a hiss after you insert the coin, I say those are way cooler than the rest of the world’s video games…

  13. Anonymous says:

    Your comment section/selection is like a Potemkin Village.

  14. pepsi_max2k says:

    yeah, i thought i’d seen this on here before :o)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Are you quite sure it’s not the arcade at York Beach ME circa 1982? (Just kidding, but it brings back memories).

  16. jfrancis says:

    Nothing more depressing than sunlight in a video arcade. Don’t they understand those places are supposed to be dark?

  17. Robert says:

    All right! “Nerd City”, I’d love to play that! Oh… wait.

  18. Crispy Critter says:

    Here’s another fascinating peek into North Korea: these two managed to enter by train via the Russian border, normally closed to Western tourists. They were in North Korea for 36 hours without a guide!


    They were aware they were taking a big risk, but they managed to stay out of trouble. Once they reached Pyongyang, they went through the standard prepackaged tour, and then left North Korea via the scheduled train to China.

  19. pixleshifter says:

    as these pictures were sent in anonymously and not corroborated, can we be sure that this is not simply a retro-style games museum?
    question everything

    • octopod says:

      yeah, uk resistance is umm. awesome site, but not somewhere I’d take as a reliable source of anything besides sonic related oddness.

  20. popnwave says:

    Looks like arcades are more alive there than here in the US these days.

  21. Category says:

    her names egg monroe shes older

  22. stromster says:

    What´s with the half-transparent person behind the standing girl? A prank or some weird effect from the camera?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hey they’re playing Yie Ar Kung Fu so it ain’t all bad.

  24. W. James Au says:

    That’s one of the saddest things I’ve seen today. Especially when *South* Korea arguably has the biggest game industry/cultures in the world.

  25. Anonymous says:

    and this is in the capital where only the elite are allow to live.the kids in the villages don’t have white jeans and sneakers.another thing,look at how beat things are.is this because these games a second or third hand from a even more elite and very private living area or the people who use/used them were flustered/drunk–think ex NK army-air force base “club”..

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