As a teen in 1982, I knew nightclubs often had full-sized arcades inside of them, but the goings on in those adult playgrounds were, of course, an unknown world to me. To be honest, I figured people just hung around, got drunk or stoned and played video games with people they wanted to hook up with. A single's bar with video games. Nothing unusual for The Me Generation's standards of living, whose mantra was, "If it feels good...do it."
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
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.