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As the dangers of city living-—fears of kidnapping, crime, and drugs-—became more marked through the years, middle-class parents have tended to keep their children inside, or send them to camp, rather than allow them to play unsupervised on the streets. "Modern children," writes Brian Sutton-Smith, "spend an increasingly large part of their lives by themselves with their toys, a situation inconceivable several centuries ago. The video game is the apotheosis of this trend."

Kids playing craps
1900: Shooting craps at Mulberry Bend, Manhattan
(Photo by George Ritter, Museum of the City of New York)

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