Tetrium wrote on 2021-08-31, 16:48:
Even though I didn't understand a single word of what was said, that was interesting to watch 😜
Any idea why this women even had such archaic systems in a running commercial setting?
Here's a rough translation / transcript:
0:00 Narrator: "What kind of store will make you drop a tear of nostalgia? The rusty rolling shutter door slowly rises up......"
(Shutter door rolling)
0:07 Narrator: "It's like traveling 20 years back in time. This cyber cafe still has coin-operated vintage computers with beige-colored speakers, reminding your childhood memories. Yet there's almost no customer."
0:18 Owner: "No customer all day long, up to two weeks. (Sometimes passersby) drop NT$10 (US$0.36 or €0.31) to check email or search something. Can't cover expenses, so I tuned air conditioning off."
0:27 Narrator: "Computers are dusty as no customers in two weeks. Back in its heydays, however, the entire 3-story building had no empty seat. Only one computer is operational now; the rest have 'out-of-order' stickers on them. Our photographer volunteered to give it a try fixing them."
0:49 Narrator: "After checking wires, buttons, and the computer inside out, it just didn't work. The owner refuses to discard those computers of more than two decades old, rather keeps them inside the store as relics."
1:03 Owner: "My brother suggested lending those computers to movie makers as period-correct props (laugh)."
1:09 Young man: "(I visited) twenty years ago when my family had no computer, playing FPS games and such. Sometimes I wonder whether if or how the store is still opened."
1:17 Man with baby: "Back in my junior high days."
1:20 Reporter: "Feeling nostalgic?"
1:22 Man with baby: "Yup, exactly."
1:23 Narrator: "This 'retro' cyber cafe can't compete with modern ones. The storefront is owned by the same owner so there's no rent to pay, however. The owner does consider closing down the cyber cafe and rent it to other business tenants. TVBS News [reporters' names] in Kaohsiung."
So that setting is hardly "commercial."
There is, however, another small and cramped 20+ years old cyber cafe in the same city that has transformed into a daycare and community center: https://youtu.be/nx6ZtjcFcco
The owner granny makes homey snacks; parents are more comfortable to allow their kids staying inside as most old timers are neighbors and know each other well.
The other end of the spectrum is something like this: https://youtu.be/75JHJ45Le0c
Hard to believe they can coexist in the same city (sometimes just a few blocks away), right? 😉