Arcade games like Fish Hunter are sketch a comparison throng with some spending thousands of dollars over a years

With his greying hair and petite stature, Mr Zhen is an peculiar steer among a immature kids during a video diversion arcade.

Thrice any week, a 70-year-old joins others during a shoot-’em-up diversion called Fish Hunter.

A limit of 6 to 8 players can play together on a tabletop arcade machine, casting practical nets to locate fish on a vast screen.

Mr Zhen declines to exhibit his full name as his mother and children are unknowingly that he has spent a lot of time and income during a arcade.

He estimates that over a past 7 years, he has spent during slightest $30,000, forking out $50 any time he goes to a arcade during Causeway Point in Woodlands.

There, he plonks himself onto a cushioned chair and starts attack divided during buttons for around 6 hours or until he gets tired.

The income he spends comes from his assets though he says he is hooked.

Mr Zhen says he still has a debt of some-more than $10,000 for a business that unsuccessful years ago.

He pronounced in Mandarin: “Actually, $30,000 would be a low guess of how most I’ve spent playing. we can’t remember when we started personification this.

“It could have been worse. we could be losing some-more income gambling in a casino though I’m not.

“This helps me keep my mind active.”

When asked because he would not compensate off his debt first, he brushes off a doubt and says he would “rather not consider about it”.

Mr Zhen is not nonetheless retired. He still works as a part-time smoothness motorist and draws a compensate of some-more than $1,000 a month.

Of that, an normal of $300 would be spent on commanding adult a assign label that he uses to play on a machine.

An obsession dilettante says this form of compulsive poise can be formidable to pill if family members do not entirely know a situation. (See news during right.)

“But my family knows I’m here, it’s not like I’m blank or anything,” he says.

Mr Zhen is not alone.

Other players The New Paper on Sunday spoke to have also spent thousands of dollars on Fish Hunter, nonetheless nothing came tighten to how most Mr Zhen has spent.

Madam Lim Siew Hong, a housewife in her 50s, says: “It’s great. we get to accommodate other friends personification this game.

“It beats staying during home all day.”

ADDICTIVE

Madam Lim has spent around $2,000 on a diversion given she started personification it around 5 years ago.

“It is rarely addictive,” she says. “I usually can’t stop.”

At Serangoon NEX, she joins a tiny throng of other comparison players sensitively plugging divided during a game, casting practical nets on a screen.

But even when they locate a biggest fish – it could be a whale, shark or lobster – there is nary any greeting on their faces.

It is a appurtenance that does a jubilee for them with bright, flashing lights and a sound of bullion coins raining down on them.

This is not a new phenomenon.

The Fish Hunter initial arrived in video diversion arcades here around a decade ago and valid to be a strike with comparison folk.

Arcade user TKA Amusement, that runs a Virtualand sequence of arcades, says there were fewer seniors in a arcades 10 years ago.

But in 2014, they done adult around 20 per cent of a arcade-going crowd, a owner Tan Kok Aun told The Straits Times.

“Teenagers have mobile games and video games during home, so arcades have turn reduction renouned with them,” pronounced Mr Tan.

Also renouned with comparison folk is Animal Kaiser, a diversion in that players can margin animals to conflict practical opponents.

A orator for OmOcha!! World arcade in Plaza Singapura tells TNPS: “We horde a few rounds of tournaments for Animal Kaiser any now and then.

“Many who attend are seniors.

“Of course, there are many seniors personification Fish Hunter, too.”

Other arcade owners could not be reached for comment.

In Mr Zhen’s case, he was initial introduced to a diversion when he saw others in his age organisation personification it.

Unlike others who would mix army to locate a biggest fishes, he is a unique player.

He tells TNPS that he would select to play during dull tables and glance during others if they confirm to join in.

“They are all my in-game enemies. If they have a ability to waylay my fishes, afterwards so be it. we am not intimidated.”

Mr Zhen insists that he is not skiving from his pursuit and he goes to a arcade usually in between deliveries.

He says: “To be honest, this isn’t a really fun game. I’m usually here to idle a time away.”

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