I'm often surprised how our moral panics of years past sound quaint or even downright crazy years later. The Atlantic Cities had an interesting story on the 1940's crusade against pinball machines that resulted in a New York City ban against the machines that lasted well into the 1970's.
Bygone New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia thought otherwise. As he saw it, circa January 1942, "pinball machine pushers were 'slimy crews of tinhorns, well dressed and living in luxury on penny thievery' and the game was part of a broader 'craze' for gambling," June writes. "He ordered the city's police to make Prohibition-style pinball raids and seizures its 'top priority,' and was photographed with a sledgehammer, triumphantly smashing the seized machines."I wonder if our current hand wringing over video games will sound just as ridiculous in a decade or so?
Via The Atlantic Cities