Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Town Removes 32 Year Ban On Coin Games

Thirty two years ago, Marshfield Massachusetts cut off the tiny town from any form of coin-operated game machines. Stores rebelled due to the loss of sales, but the ban was upheld by the state supreme court and for over three decades, the city never had a Pac-Man machine. No Street Fighter or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Even ski-ball would have been included, if people felt that they would incite "truancy, gambling, and drug addiction all associated with video arcades." Yeah. Okay.

After a town meeting, the ban was lifted this week and people can now stock their shops with gaming machines once more!

One problem: the popularity of those has dropped so far off the radar that any potential revenue those stores could have gained is out the window. There may be a few locals who would want to play to give a spiteful gaze to the city officials, but most people no longer go to arcades. The fad died decades ago. Literally.

Good job Marshfield. Your city had a chance to enjoy some profits, but you banned it for stupid reasons. Potential truancy by children? This is before there was any money dumped into research to figure out the effects of video games on children. Essentially, you were telling citizens what to do and where to do it. I'm still not entirely sure why the state supreme court upheld the ban.

Well, I guess the only thing left to say is congrats Marshfield. Welcome to 1986!


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