Android game vending machines launched in Tokyo

Google Japan has just announced an innovative way to purchase games for Android users by launching three dedicated Google Play vending machines.

Android has consistently received updates to include new ways to purchase apps from the Google Play store such as carrier billing to boost revenue for developers. Japan is known for its portable gaming scene and use of vending machines which makes it a good trial ground. First of the three Google Play machines announced today has been installed in Tokyo, which will be operational from tomorrow at Parco departmental store in Shibuya. It will sell 18 different Android games which include free-to-play and paid-for Android apps.

Minimum requirement for using these machines is an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phone with NFC. The process of purchasing is quite straightforward, the user needs to place the phone on top of the NFC-enabled tray and navigate the UI on the machine's touchscreen to get the desired game as with regular vending machines. For users who do not own an Android phone, Google is providing a Nexus 4 for trial at the store under the supervision of employees.

This announcement is believed to be a promotion limited to Japan and there isn't any information provided by Google about global expansion as of now. For the Japanese this can be a fun experience to get games in a convenient manner while the promotion lasts.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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Japan has a strange obsession with video games and vending machines, heck they had them since the NES back in the days of the Famicom Disk Writer Kiosks

NFC has been around for a long time in Japan, may it seem weird to us on this side of the planet, but to them is like pay the bus or get some drinks. I would take many years for us to start using NFC.

mjedi7 said,
NFC has been around for a long time in Japan, may it seem weird to us on this side of the planet, but to them is like pay the bus or get some drinks. I would take many years for us to start using NFC.

no, it seems weird because why do you need the vending machine? Your phone can already do all this on it's own...

Kalint said,
They have vending machines for everything.

Yeah, which admittedly I've never really understood... But what is the benefit here over say using the store on the device? lol

Kalint said,
They have vending machines for everything.
I wouldn't be supriprised if they had vending machines that sold vending machines.

Considering how different their culture is, it's understandable why vending machines would be more popular over there.

I believe they even have a vending machine for soiled panties. Don't ask me why though, just... Japan.

Studio384 said,
I wouldn't be supriprised if they had vending machines that sold vending machines.

That was the best way to make a lot of money in Recettear

A quick read of a Japanese site reveals that it is simply a promotional campaign by Google, running from October 1 to 10, intended to promote the use of the Google Play Store.
It is linked to a site where users can vote for their favorite games.
http://docchinogame.withgoogle.com/pc/index.html
No, Google Japan has not gone mad and decided that buying a mobile-phone game from a vending machine is more convenient than buying it from the phone itself.