Lu Ziyang playing “Maimai DX Universe Plus” in Central, Hong Kong. A student in California, she chose an exchange programme at the University of Hong Kong so she could play the Japanese game, which isn’t officially available in the United States. Photo: Connor Mycroft
Lu Ziyang playing “Maimai DX Universe Plus” in Central, Hong Kong. A student in California, she chose an exchange programme at the University of Hong Kong so she could play the Japanese game, which isn’t officially available in the United States. Photo: Connor Mycroft

‘I want to play this game so much’: Maimai arcade video game craze draws University of California student to Hong Kong, and she isn’t alone

  • Li Ziyang, a student from China at the University of California, picked an exchange programme in Hong Kong because it lets her play Japanese arcade game Maimai
  • The rhythm game has plenty of fans in Asia, with queues forming at Hong Kong arcades to play it. One gamer has spent nearly US$1,300 playing it in 18 months

Lu Ziyang playing “Maimai DX Universe Plus” in Central, Hong Kong. A student in California, she chose an exchange programme at the University of Hong Kong so she could play the Japanese game, which isn’t officially available in the United States. Photo: Connor Mycroft
Lu Ziyang playing “Maimai DX Universe Plus” in Central, Hong Kong. A student in California, she chose an exchange programme at the University of Hong Kong so she could play the Japanese game, which isn’t officially available in the United States. Photo: Connor Mycroft
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