There Is Still A Small Town In America That Bans Arcade Games

As incredible as it is to imagine, until a recent vote a small town in the United States of America had outlawed arcade machines. Thankfully, that vote has now been held, and... hey, wait a minute, arcade games are still banned?

Yes, even harder to imagine than placing the restriction in the first place is the fact the tiny hamlet of Marshfield, Massachusetts last month voted to maintain a ban on arcade games, which has been in place since 1982.

At an open town meeting, the same kind which brought the banning into effect nearly 30 years ago, a motion to repeal it was defeated by a margin of 655-554.

So why are arcade games still banned? The town has fears it will attract the wrong kind of people, that they'll have an adverse effect and, most importantly, that bringing in arcade video games will "open the door to adult entertainment".

All perfectly understandable objections! Were this 1692, and the machines about to be burned at the stake.

This is actually the second time citizens of Marshfield have sought to have the ban overturned, with a vote in 1994 also coming up short.

Marshfield Town Meeting upholds ban on coin-operated gaming machines [Wicked Local, via Yahoo]


    There you go! the PSN-hacking culprits!

    who says people in the USA are still living in the dark ages. next thing you know they will be hunting witches to burn.

      So long as they weigh the same as a duck, it is scientifically justified.

    I think I saw this on that footloose documentary once... don't they also ban dancing & rock music?

    Sir Bedevere: Good. Now, why do witches burn?
    Peasant: ...because they're made of... wood?

    If people really want to over turn the ban, maybe they should vote different people into council first then bring up the vote when they think they have power?

    This reminds me of the movie Hot Fuzz. A small town wants to stay perfect and get rid of anything that they consider a threat.

    Ecclesiastes assures us... that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh... and a time to weep. A time to mourn... and there is a time to game. And there was never a time for this law, so not anymore. See, this is our time to game. It is our way of celebrating life. It's the way it was in the beginning. It's the way it's always been. It's the way it should be now.

    I can't wait to see the movie, in which Kevin Bacon angrily plays his ol' school Gameboy in an old, abandoned warehouse and teaches Chris Penn how to quarter-circle punch in the halls after school before the final scene where John Lithgow finally learns to enjoy Super Mario Bros in the great Arcade-Off at the town hall.

    That would be rad.

      Could be waiting a while... I'm pretty sure Chris Penn is dead.

    Hey ACL, a good place for you to live ;)

    Giggity. Don't tell them about the internet and steam. They might have a mass aneurysm.

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