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Shoot-em-up seniors find amusement at arcades

Once the turf of teens, these places are getting popular with older folk

Published on Apr 14, 2014 8:46 AM

Three times a week, 64-year- old cleaner Jenny Lua tries to catch a golden lobster, causing gold coins to explode over her screen - and looks of jealousy to appear on the faces of the seniors sitting around her.

Amusement arcades full of computer games were once the place to hang out for teenagers skipping school, but now they are attracting a new - and older - generation of thrill-seekers.

"This beats staring at the four walls at home," said Ms Lua in Mandarin. "It's so exciting. We old folk need an interesting way to pass time."

She visits arcades with her husband to play Fish Hunter, spending two to three hours on the game each time. Fifty dollars worth of value on their arcade card can last them one visit and, occasionally, two.

Mr George Gan, 68, with his collection of cards from the Animal Kaiser game. -- ST PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, DESMOND LIM
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Background story



What it is: A point-redemption game in which players fire bullets to hit as many fish, squid and turtles as possible.


What it is: A card-collection game in which players compete for their avatars to be the "greatest animal in the world". They scan their power cards and gain damage points to kill their opponent's animal.