Space Invaders

House of Commons Debate held on 20 May 1981:

“I have seen reports from all over the country of young people becoming so addicted to these machines that they resort to theft, blackmail and vice to obtain money to satisfy their addiction…That is what is happening to our young people. They play truant, miss meals, and give up other normal activity to play ‘space invaders’. They become crazed, with eyes glazed, oblivious to everything around them, as they play the machines…… It is interesting but worrying that it is often bright children who have never been in trouble before who become hooked on the ‘space invaders’….what should we do to control this menace?”

-Rt Hon George Foulkes MP, proposing the “Control of Space Invaders and Other Electronic Games” Act.

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