Yesterday, Tokyo lost another iconic game centre originally opened by Sega - Ikebukuro GiGO. The 8/9 storey amusement tower had been open for over 28 years, and was the second of the small "GiGO" (Gimmick GOd - yes, really) chain of urban entertainment centres. Alongside the likes of Tokyo Joypolis and the multiple Sega Akihabaras elsewhere in the capital, it was one of the venues most synonymous with the company and arcade culture for many years - its legacy can be best seen in its association with player scenes for various games like Virtua Fighter, as well as its known reputation as a location test hotspot. Multiple games even specifically credited it in the special thanks. For what it's worth, this closure was supposedly not directly because of COVID losses/restructuring - the landlords of the building, which has stayed the same structurally for some 30+ years, essentially forced GiGO's management out, desiring to renovate the entire site. And some cryptic hints have been dropped about it returning one day... just a shame that we had to lose it so soon after losing one of the five Akiba sites too.