New England Town Keeps Video Game Ban in Place

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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  1. 0
    Vake Xeacons says:

    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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    Grif says:

    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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