Texas Legislator’s Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

In most legislative offices, the most exciting thing you’ll find are brochures.

In Rep. Joe Pickett’s office, however, you can try your hand at classic Mario Bros.

As reported by the Austin American-Statesman, Mario isn’t the only thing that’s different about the Texas Democrat’s office in the Capitol Building in Austin.

At his own expense, Pickett has remodeled his digs to look like a 1950s-era burger joint, complete with juke box. Visitors are offered free gumballs, soda and ice cream. As for Mario, the game helps keep state politics from getting too tense: 

[Pickett’s] chief of staff, says the old "Mario Bros. " video game is a mood elevator. One day a guy who wanted to argue some issue or other marched in with a fierce face, ready to rumble.


"He walked in and saw the old Mario Bros. video game," Chambers recalled. "He looks and says, `Awwwwwwww, I love that game.’ It even destressed him."

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    jasonla says:

    I dont see the big deal i think it takes up a lot of office space and he should have just got a console game at staples or something and a nice LCD flat screen to play on. Why have this thing in the office just to take space up?

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    Doomsong says:

    Doesn’t the presence of an arcade coin-op machine sort of throw off the whole 50s thing? I mean it’s cool, but the only games they had in the 50s were lawn darts and brill cream….

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" – Benjamin Franklin

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    Wolvenmoon says:

    That’s just beyond cool. I hope we get a bunch of clean politicians in in Oklahoma too, our latest elections though were just mud slinging back and fourth.

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    olstar18 says:

    I’m not so sure he’s merely trying to get the attention of gamers. If that was true then why the 50’s burger joint decur when he could have just left the office as is and put in a much cheaper wii.

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    barra_sadei says:

    Best… politician… EVER!

    Alright, I’m overexagerating, but I think it’d be cool to go in to meet your politician, and there’s an arcade game. Honestly, if I ever had to see him again, I’d go early!

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