“Who are these people? Diplomats? Generals? Heads of State? Actually, they’re a bunch of suburbanites sitting in a game room, playing a new breed of adult games.” In 1965, strategy games like Risk were becoming big hits with grown-ups. The author of this article takes the trend a bit too seriously, though. One game is said to raise players’ IQ by more than 20 points. If games of Risk back then were anything like they are today, players were likely to experience a spike in blood pressure before an intelligence boost.
Especially the women. According to John Moot, then-president of Diplomacy publisher Games Research, women just can't handle the betrayal inherent in these games.
Read the full story in Adult Games - No Easy Kid Stuff.