11/02/13 - Kotaku - Cuba Actually Had Arcades. Today They Were All Shut Down
Cuba has formally cracked down on its nascent arcade businesses,
specifically forbidding their operation after they had opened and operated
in a gray area uncovered by the law there for the past three years.
Arcades and movie theaters are banned-"immediately"-Cuba's government said
on Saturday, according to the CBC. These establishments are not among the
200 types of independent enterprises authorized by the Communist state.
But, explains the CBC, they had sprouted up using licenses for businesses
that are-typically as independent restaurants, even though the food and
refreshments they served were ancillary to the entertainment these parlors
Some arcade and cinema owners had sunk large sums into launching or
improving their businesses-"which range from modest to flashy and offer the
latest Hollywood blockbusters and fast-paced video games," the CBC
Owners complained that they should have been given a window of time in
which to wind down their operations-and potentially recover some of that
investment. Parents and kids alike complain that there now is nothing to
Earlier, Cuba's official newspaper for the Communist Party youth inveighed
against the arcades, saying they promote "frivolity, mediocrity, pseudo
culture and banality." That put handwriting on the wall for a crackdown.
Cuba, in 2010, instituted economic reforms that allowed, among other
things, the sale of homes and used cars, and authorized certain types of
private-sector jobs. Cuba's communist party newspaper said on Saturday that
the elimination of cinemas and arcades was necessary to keep that economic
reform program going forward in an orderly manner.
"This is not, in any way, taking a step back," it said. "On the contrary,
we will keep advancing decidedly in the updating of the Cuban economic
Cuba Bans Video Game Salons, Private Cinemas [CBC, h/t a b]
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