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."