The relentless march of technological development means once cutting edge inventions are continually being relegated to the scrapheap, or at least the musty bottom drawer. From what might have been to what never stood a chance, our Modern Relics video series takes a look back at technology that has fallen by the wayside, found itself on the wrong side of a format war, or was simply superseded by new innovation.

In this episode of Modern Relics we examine the rise and fall of the video game arcade, a new social space that exploded in popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. While kids flocked to game arcades not everyone was happy with this entertainment trend and concerned parents united to try to moderate the impact of what they saw as a dangerous and anti-social new movement.

Let us know in the comments what your experiences with video game arcades were. Did you hold the high score for Pac-Man in your local arcade? When did home consoles begin to draw you back home from the classic arcade?