New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

May 9, 2011 -

You may remember our report on a small coastal Massachusetts town that banned coin operated games from grocery stores and bars in 1982. Well recently, the town of Marshfield voted on lifting the ban and the results were surprising. By a vote of 655-554 at a recent Marshfield Town Meeting, residents rejected lifting the town's ban on coin-operated video games. It has been 29 years since the people of Marshfield chased Donkey Kong out of town and it looks like him and his ilk are still unwelcomed.

George Mallet, a long-time resident who petitioned the town to consider repealing the law at annual Town Meeting, thought resident had come around.

"A lot of people don’t know it’s illegal, that we have video game prohibition," Mallet said. "Why should I have to go to Pembroke to play Pac Man?" He likened the band to that of dancing in the classic Kevin Bacon film Footloose.

Unfortunately there's no Kevin Bacon in this town. Maybe in another ten years or so there will be enough younger resident in the small New England tourist trap of a town to overwhelm oldsters that think Pac-Man was sent by the devil.

Source: Wicked Local


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Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

Are there no quotes or interviews from the people who voted in favour of the ban?

Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

It's possible they never even got to say anything.

Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

Meh, arcades are dead.  Mallet's a little late to the party. 

Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

Wow, wait for another ten years! This is totally not good news. Hope the waiting period will be shorter.

Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

It would be nice if someone with enough capital would open an underground gaming center so that people can play arcade games.

E. Zachary Knight
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Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

Or if everyone moved out of the town in protest. Or at least enough people to cause a total economic collapse.

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Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

I thought that town was already suffering a slow economic collapse?

Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

And they just turned down a possible solution.

Re: New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

Eh, speakeasies are more fun! Bouncers, passwords, root beer bars, a dozen arcade cabinets, all hidden in the pizzaria's back room!

 

 
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