Reason Quotes Katz

You might have thought Arnie Katz, as a go-to commentator on wrestling and video games, already enjoyed his fifteen minutes of fame. If so, he’s now in overtime.

Arnie was quoted by Jesse Walker in “A Short History of Game Panics”, an article in the June Reason about the controversies pinball games and video games have caused over the years.

This wasn’t the first time a game’s sexual content stirred up controversy. Way back in 1973, Atari’s Gotcha was nicknamed “the boob game” because its controls were a pair of pink orbs that the player was supposed to squeeze. But it was the video game world’s first great anti-porn campaign, and the results were similar to the results of the Death Race protests. “These were games that most people wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole,” former Electronic Games editor Arnie Katz recalled in Steven Kent’s 2001 book The Ultimate History of Video Games—but the protesters “succeeded in helping it sell twice as many copies as the other adult games.”

[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster for the story.]