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For much of its lifespan, Sega has been maintaining medium-scale attractions all over the world. For Sega Retro's purposes, these can be considered to be noticeably larger than an average arcade machine, but smaller than, for example, a large outdoor roller coaster or ferris wheel.

Unlike a typical arcade machine, medium-scale attractions aren't usally "sold" by Sega - they are designed and manufactured by the company to reside in one of their many indoor theme parks. Medium-scale attractions are designed to ber permanent fixtures (i.e. they can't be "moved" to a different part of the venue), and their size and complexity means they often require supervision by a member of staff, either for safety or maintenance reasons. Sega usually charges a premium to use these attractions, and they are treated as main selling points for a venue.

While Sega has been producing medium-scale attractions for trade shows and events since the 1960s, the concept rose to prominence in the early 1990s, when Sega began opening Galbo and Joypolis indoor theme parks (followed by the likes of SegaWorld London and Sega World Sydney). For example, order to make Tokyo Joypolis stand out from the then hundreds of Sega World arcades, medium-scale attractions were installed that were not available anywhere else in Japan (or indeed the world in most cases).

Most medium-scale attractions during the 1990s were produced by Sega AM5, though this division was often supported by other AM teams.

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