It may be hard today to imagine Space Invaders inciting a moral panic worthy of government intervention, but 33 years ago in the United Kingdom, it did. On May 20, 1981, George Foulkes, MP, introduced a bill titled "Control of Space Invaders and Other Electronic Games." This week he revisited the legislation he introduced.
"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 difficult to appreciate unless one has seen it for oneself."