When I was a teenager, the ESRB didn't exist. I could even walk into any arcade and see games like Mortal Kombat being played. They were on public display and kids of any age could watch these games being played in a public setting.
Ahhhh... the good old days.
There was a certain warmth and glow that you got from those darkened arcade halls, with the screens flickering, and the sounds blipping and blopping all at once orchestrally. It was close to the feeling of walking into another world, a dreamlike world, where you could achieve almost total escape from reality.