|Video mahjong is simply a digitalize version of the
game. Instead of playing on a table against real opponents, you are
playing on a video screen against a digital opponent. Also, instead
of the traditional 4-player arrangement, most video mahjong games
are played by only two players: you and the opponent on screen. Over
a hundred of these video mahjong games are available for play in
MAME or Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.
The majority of these games were made and developed in Japan. As a result, most of them closely resemble and play just like the Japanese variation of real-life mahjong. Special rules that apply only to the Japanese variation like Reach and Doras are also featured in video mahjong as well. The Japanese variation of mahjong is known as Riichi mahjong or Reach mahjong. Because most of these games are based on the Japanese variation, this site will focus only on the rules of Japanese mahjong with slight rule changes as found from game to game.
Of course, the similarities between the two are only
fundamentally. While video mahjong is similar, it is leagues away
from the depth, complexity, and tension found in real mahjong.
Playing against AI, who can only follow patterns and guidelines
programmed by the makers, can never compare to playing against an
actually human opponent, who can think and adjust their game at
will. Real-life poker and video poker is
another example of this. Even so,
video mahjong is a deep and very-much intense game, just not as much
as its real-life counterpart.
As you know by now, playing and enjoying the game of mahjong
isn't the main attraction of these games. If it was, then there
wouldn't be so many of them. This site probably wouldn't exist as
well to tell you the truth. The main attraction of video mahjong
is, of course, the girls of the game. Not only are they good
looking, well not all of them, but they strip for you as well. For
the majority of mahjong games in MAME, your opponents are all females.
Usually when you win a round against them, a cut-scene would start
in which your opponent would remove an article of clothing from her
body. The match is basically won when she can strip no more. Pretty
sweet, isn't it. They don't call it strip mahjong for nothing. As a result, nudity is a feature of these games.
That's the reason why so many of them are labeled as mature or
adult. Even though there is nudity in the majority of the mahjong games found in MAME,
everything is kept clean. There isn't anything that is dirty
or disturbing that comes to mind.
By far one
of the most important elements of many mahjong games is the addition of
humor as a way to remind us to not take the game too
seriously. Like any other games of the past and today, this is
just a game. If you are offended by it, simply do not play
it. If you enjoy mahjong, but are offended by the nudity,
simply bypass the cut scenes or play the ones without it. If
you enjoy the whole product, enjoy the game and have fun. Having fun is all that matters in the end.
That is all.