This is a short clip from a community documentary called Space Games – Rage or Rip Off?
The filmmakers interview an amusement parlour operator about the negative impact of games on children. Not surprisingly he rejects the claim that video games are addictive.
Instead he argues that games and game arcades are simply the latest scapegoat for school principals and parents to blame when finding fault with children's behaviour.
In the last 40 years games have largely moved out of the arcades and into homes. With the advent of online gaming, players are socialising through the internet with other gamers all over the world in ways that were mostly inconceivable in 1980.