Your walking past the arcades, all you see outside are huge machines full of prize cuddly toys, usually well know cartoon teddies, or the latest rage teddies (*cough* Minions*), oh how we all have wished we could drop in 50p and win EVERY TIME, how we have all cussed the operators about the claws having ‘no grip’ or ‘its a con’, lets face it, the claws DONT have any grip and the operator IS laughing at you everytime, and worst of all you’ll NEVER get the girl….
…..Unless your THIS GUY!
Chen Zhitong from the bustling city of Xiamen in Fujian Province has recently been dubbed ‘the king of the claw machine’ by the Chinese media, arcade owners in the city are begging him to stop playing their games. But Chen, who is around 30 years old and works in IT, says he will carry on his hobby.
In the city, many claw machine owners know of Chen, and they try to bribe him into not playing their machines, “They always buy me meals and ask me not to play. They can’t keep losing money” said Chen to local Chinese press.
Chen started playing the machines last year (2015) by chance, “The first time I played was last July by accident. I saw a machine outside a mall and I played once”.
From then on, Chen said he started playing on the claw machines frequently whenever he had time off work, about a month after he first started playing the machines he realised that he might have mastered the skills, “Every time I played, there would always be a crowd of spectators around me” he said.
Even though he keeps going back to the machines, Chen admitted that he was not a fan of the toys he wins, he has even CLEARED OUT an entire machine, “I don’t like the toys, but the process of winning it. I become very excited” he said, “According to my observation, the value of most of the toys is around 10 Yuan (£1). So if can’t grab it after five tries, then you better give up, because the swing of each claw is different, you need to pre-calculate its angle and direction before you press the button. – This is skill work, you need to know how to combine experience with practice”.
What a little legend!