However, ancient Europe had a more corrupt use for playing card games, during this period card games meant alcohol, gambling, and room for possible violence. Because of this, playing cards were also exposed to a darker side of society; one which wouldn’t have found the fun little games that they were previously used for appealing.
As a result of this, playing cards became violent and law-breaking became prohibited. For instance, in 1377 Paris, playing cards during workdays was forbidden for fear that it might cause an outbreak of bad behavior. The common problem gamblers had back then was that the backs of cards were blank and marks of wear on the card became the norm. In this period, playing cards became a money-making venture for gamblers as they filled bars, basement, and hidden locations all the while shaping playing cards into what we know today.