Mall Rats, Vidiots and Addicts: Anti Video Game Propaganda From The 80s

  Video game haters. If you think we have them now, then you're probably not old enough to remember the gauntlet of disgust we gamers of The 80s had to navigate just to play a simple game of Pac-Man in an arcade. With video games being mainstream today, and with video gaming being everywhere and … Continue reading Mall Rats, Vidiots and Addicts: Anti Video Game Propaganda From The 80s

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Buried Arcade History: Newspaper Photos From The Video Craze That Deserve To Be Seen Again #2

Buried Arcade History #1 here Once again I'm back with more "lost photos" from national newspapers that I often find while I'm conducting research. For a while there I felt that, surely, the well would  run dry,  but that hasn't been the case at all.  With every new cache of newspaper archives I begin leafing … Continue reading Buried Arcade History: Newspaper Photos From The Video Craze That Deserve To Be Seen Again #2

Man Discovers Arcade Games in The Basement of An Abandoned House

Somewhere in the Midwest, down an old road that leads across a washed out and  crumbling bridge, in a stand of overgrown trees and in what appears to be a field on the edge of an industrial tract of land, sits a house that's seen better days. The abandoned house, filmed in December 2016 by … Continue reading Man Discovers Arcade Games in The Basement of An Abandoned House

Sex, Suicide and Firearms: Bizarre Vintage Valentine Cards of The 1950s

Corny sexual double-entendres of the variety your dirty Uncle Johnny might conjure up, one-liners about "cocks" (roosters), firearms, phallic-looking hot dogs, allusions to rape and suicide are just  a few  of the most common themes found on 1950s and early 1960s adult Valentine cards.

Buried Arcade History: Newspaper Photos From The Video Craze That Deserve To Be Seen Again

Sometimes I find myself studying the faces of the people in the photos next to the games or milling around the arcade. They're usually young teenagers, just as I was back then, examples of American naivete and valor rolled up in a fuse so hot that any new interest could ignite it with a single spark.  The 80s was an age of unending successive fads...except one. Video games. That was no fad. Falling in electronic-love was never a passing fad as much as people today want to claim it was.