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Arcade Games of Sodom and Gomorrah

Arcade Games of Sodom and Gomorrah

“The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave…”

Sodom and Gomorrah were two legendary cities that were destroyed by ‘sulfur and fire’ because of their wickedness.

The allure and draw of sin was great, and attracted many innocent souls into a tangled web of darkness.

Lured by hedonistic frivolity, the innocent lost their innocence and sinners were born.

At the turn of the turn of the century, 1980, arcade games were in high demand. Children would flock to video game arcades, desperate to spend their pocket money.

The lights, the sounds. It was a constant dopamine rush of hitting that high score. It was addictive. A modern day Sodom and Gomorrah – and it paved the way for sin.

And sin they did, an entire generation flocked to these games like never before. The darkness of sin ate away at the innocent children of the 80s.

They paid by the millions, lured by the hedonistic frivolity of Mrs. Pacman, Donkey Kong and Frogger. The bells and whistles kept ringing, the lights kept shining. Little did the innocent children of the 80s know that they were merely selling their souls to Satan.

Nintendo, Sega, Atari… they all wanted a piece of the sinful pie. Oh, the profits they could make from pedalling sin! They discovered that the future was not in arcade games, but personal gaming consoles. Where all of the bells, whistles, lights and dopamine release could be in people’s very homes. That every child of the 80s could have one of their sin-boxes.

The NES, Commodore 64, Master System… All just brand names to hide the truth inside. Their very own Sodom and Gomorrah.

They were sin in a box.

And they stole your innocence, Generation Kid.

You’ve been chasing that high. It felt good to win this shiny belt, didn’t it. That dopamine hit really hit all the right notes. But, like a Video Game addicted child, you simply don’t know when to turn the sin-box off.

When you’ve had enough.

It has shaped the choices you have made, the company you keep… The only Party at the end of your Rainbow is a sinner’s slumber of sulfur and fire.

The three of you flocked to the arcade of ReVolt and spend all your pocket money to try to get that high score, and you beat your friends, Generation Kid.

You clocked the game once more, but now you have to face me; the boss at the end of the level.

Out of money, and out of extra lives, you get another chance at the prize. You’ve seen how this battle goes now, and you’ve thought about how to correct your mistakes to beat that level.

But what you don’t realize is that even though you stand there with your left Hand on the joystick and your right on the buttons, you’re not in control.

I am.

You walk willingly towards that battle, to face the same end of Sodom and Gomorrah. I’m merely the weapon that will bring about your judgement.

Game Over, sinner.