32 year arcade machine ban overturned in Massachusetts town

Thursday, 1st May 2014 23:18 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The town of Marshfield, Massachusetts has elected to overturn a ban on arcade machines.


The ban has been in effect for 32 years, according to the Patriot Ledger, and was introduced to protect children’s savings and avoid attracting an “undesirable element” to the town.

The motion to lift the ban was passed with a vote of 203-175; that’s still significant opposition, and it had been challenged and upheld twice before, in 1994 and 2011.

Local opponents argued that businesses didn’t want to host arcade games – a point successfully rebutted by polling business owners – and that video games can be disturbing in venues like restaurants.

“There is gaming all over the place, and there’s nothing fun about it,” one resident said, commenting that children playing can be distracting for adults.

Meanwhile other residents said businesses should be free to choose, just as customers are, and that if parents don’t want their children to play arcade games they can just say no. Magnificent cut and thrust of debate, here.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.



  1. Twylite Fang

    Um… How stupid are these people? Do the arcade machines absolutely HAVE to be in a restaurant? Let’s take a little trip down Memory Lane… Let’s stop in at 1980 Memory Lane… They had entire buildings simply dedicated to arcade games. The name? Arcades. Hence the name of ‘Arcade Game’. So why not just have a place that gets cleaned each night after closing up shop, and have vending machines for quick snacks? Simple! I’m a 20 year old AUSTRALIAN, from a generation that is addicted to the point of obsession and then some to social media and basically the internet in general, which I do not share (But I do share the obsession with video games. However, the games I obsess over are few and far between: Minecraft, The Elder Scrolls IV and V, and CoD). So instead of thinking ‘oh we can’t just put them in restaurants…’ think ‘How little can it cost to build an arcade like we had when we were kids, and when our parents were kids? How efficiently can we power the arcade we make?’ BAM! Done! There’s the answer to your problem, Marshfield! Anything else you need worked out by a guy who has a form of mental Autism? Cos I do believe this may be the start of a roll xD

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