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Man vs Machine

3:30 PM -- You may want to think twice before wrestling a mechanical, wall-bound arm:

    A Japanese arm wrestling game is being withdrawn from arcades across the country after three players broke their arms, company officials said.

    Arm Spirit, which is distributed by Atlus, is to be removed from 150 game emporiums as "a precaution".

Always good to be precautionary after the breakage of limbs.

    "The machine isn't that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it," company spokesman Ayano Sakiyama told AP news agency.

Even women, you say? Well... That is, of course, if they can tear themselves away from the kitchen long enough to try!

    Arm Spirit gamers advance through 10 levels, pitting their strength against a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua dog before reaching the final challenge - a professional wrestler.

A Chihuahua?

— Red "French Maid" Panda, Light Reading

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