I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again. Parents need to step up and start saying no to their kids. That's all there is to it. Don't sue the corporations and mega-companies because you don't know how to parent. Grow a pair of balls, people!
Personally, I love Chuck E. Cheese's. I worked there as a teenager. In fact, nearly everyone who works there is a teen, at least in my city. I am ever-grateful to Randy for giving me a job when I had just learned how to drive.
I am also grateful that he is still there, still open. The restaurant on a hill (literally) is a super place to take the kids to blow off some steam for a couple of hours. Yes, the pizza and drinks are incredibly over-priced. But, they give away free tokens for good report cards! Buy a $2 drink, turn in some grades, and kick back while the kiddos run off all their heathen-ism.
As for the gambling-addiction thing? Get over it. Kids don't see it that way. Yes, you're still throwing away money, but in a different sort of way. Teach your kids right from wrong, model fiscal responsibility, and stick to your guns when you say, "No more." One or two trips to Chuck E. Cheese's won't ruin them, but your over-indulgent parenting schemes may.