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Who would have thought 40 years ago that gaming had a dark side?

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The Asahi Shimbun ran a story in 1979 about a man arrested in a theft case who admitted he spent the bulk of 2.7 million yen he had stolen on video gaming.

A related article, headlined "Overheated Invaders Game," concerned junior and senior high school students who fed fake coins into Space Invader game machines to game the system, so to speak.

Well before the age of the Internet and smart phones, coffee shops around Japan had those game machines in the place of regular tables. Many people must still remember the thrill of shooting down the invaders.

This year........

© The Asahi Shimbun