Panorama of SF Claw Machine Hell

17 09 2008
[Click on the image below to see a bigger version.  Click again to zoom in.  Sorry about the weak image quality…]
As I was walking through the San Francisco Metreon today, I was shocked to suddenly find myself in a large post-retail space filled with row after row of mechanical claw machines. I stopped short, looking up from the screen on my iPhone and without realizing it, I was surrounded.   It was more than a little creepy – like the final scene in Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”  Literally hundreds of the machines, patiently waiting, filled with small plushies and digital watches, lights quietly blinking – If they chose that moment to attack, there would have been no escape.  
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