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This study explores early video game technology by examining video game fears in the popular press in the 1970s and 1980s. This textual analysis examines games during their formative years, assesses risks associated with new technology, and encourages critical examination of technophobia in news media. This topic is particularly relevant in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding video game regulation. Key findings include: physical ailment fears, deviant behavior fears, fears related to drug use, and violent behavior fears. These fears persist, for the most part, in contemporary mainstream coverage.
This article was originally published in Technoculture, 2013, Volume 3.
Rogers, Ryan, "Old Games, Same Concerns: Examining First Generation Video Games Through Popular Press Coverage from 1972-1985" (2013). Scholarship and Professional Work - Communication. 149.