The History Of Arcade Games And The Destruction Of 2000 Machines!

When looking back on the history of arcade games, it's hard to imagine how the games were perceived by the United States and some of its cities not to mention the fact that many citizens took to the moral higher ground with claims they were the work of the devil making use of idle hands.

Where on earth did this all start? Something that a lot of people today look as a source of fun and entertainment playing favorite games on the internet, with its origins inexplicably tied and woven into the history of arcade games could such a mentality really have existed going back so many years ago?

When one thinks about an amusement arcade different people will conjure up different things. Some will undoubtedly think about the well-known chain of Dave and Buster's that first graced the landscape of Dallas in 1982 where diners not only get to eat but can pay a visit to the D & B amusement arcade.

Others will recall the rebellious Fonz character with his trade mark leather jacket from the TV series Happy Days. Yes this cool dude from the 50's certainly liked his game of Pinball try telling him this was a game of evil, he commanded respect!

Such games as coin operated Pinball were originally part of a wider amusement industry that encompassed not only Pinball machines, but also slots, gumball machines, & jukeboxes with it's roots firmly entrenched in gambling, a very controversial industry in the States.

Some states would heavily regulate gambling or outlaw it all together, but these slot companies would devise ways around such regulation for example with Gumball machines.

Gumball machines would sidestep state laws by offering gum instead of cash payouts this would perpetuate long standing mistrust and cynicism of vending machines by those that called the legal shots.

One such person who had ideas of his own in stamping out Pinball machines Was NYC's Mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia. In 1942 not only did he ban them throughout the city, a ban which remained intact till 1976, He ordered seizure of thousands of them in prohibition Police style raids.

The first day saw 1500 summons issued with 2,000 confiscations. Pictured with sledgehammer in hand crushing the seized machines, he triumphantly declared the scrap would be sent to the nations munitions factories to be used in assisting the war program. Different strokes for different folks indeed, How such action would be greeted today one can only wonder, perhaps it could make an interesting interactive video game?