Arcade Zen (1982)

Mercer Island Video Arcade, February 10, 1982. (Natalie Fobes/Seattle Times)


Youths flock to the Mercer Island Video Arcade after school. Some parents are unhappy about the arcade’s location and the time and money their children spend there.

Here’s what happened the very next month, from the March 25, 1982 edition of The Spokesman-Review.

Mercer Island 3-25-82

Step one: Blame new entertainment technologies for the failure of parents to raise their children responsibly.

Step two: Tax those new technologies, thereby exempting the failure of city officials to manage tax revenue responsibly.

It turned out that affluent Mercer Island had bigger problems.

(Photo via Seattle Washington Archive)

2 Responses to “Arcade Zen (1982)”

  1. 1 hobgoblin238 July 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    One day I hope to have an arcade at my home.

  2. 2 2W2N July 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    You can’t go wrong with any of the games in this photo. Moon Cresta (far right) is pretty rare.

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