This month, a new shop dedicated to PC gaming opened in Tokyo's Akihabara. It's called G-Tune: Garage and looks pretty slick.
The retail space sells G-Tune computers, which are branded the "ultimate gaming machine." In case you are not familiar with them, they've been around for a while from Tokyo-based Mouse Computer.
The shop puts emphasis on customers testing and trying out the hardware and peripherals. Mood lighting also seems important. Glowing, too. Lots and lots of glowing.
The two story G-Tune Garage has gaming laptops as well as assembled desktops available for purchase. The low-end models are around US$US500, while the pricier, higher spec models start at around $US1,000. (Check out specs on the store's official site.) There are also Logicool, Razer, MadCats peripherals for sale, among other items like racing rigs for PC and console games.
In Japan, where consoles have traditionally been king, it's cool to see PC gaming get such a chic retail store. Heck, it's cool to see PC gaming in Japan get any kind of store.
秋葉原の自作通りにゲーミングPCショップ「G-Tune : Garage」が開店 [Game Impress Watch]