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2014-05-01 09:01:32 AM
Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.
 
2014-05-01 10:11:13 AM
Here's my new pitch: It's a Footloose reboot, only for "e-sports." The kids'll love it.
 
2014-05-01 10:35:12 AM
As the rather close, 203-175 vote indicates, the ban still had its supporters. One of those supporters, Sue Walker, said that, "There is gaming all over the place, and there's nothing fun about it. I mean, have you played 'Demon's Souls'? I died something like 50 times in the first hour. And what the hell is with with the tiny city sizes in the new Sim City? I can't have a university and a stadium in the same city? Screw that."
 
2014-05-01 10:59:08 AM
Frog, Roccet, and Uncle Bob unavailable for comment.
 
2014-05-01 11:25:30 AM
They were just trying to protect kids from the inevitable consequences.

killstreakmedia.com
 
2014-05-01 11:32:13 AM
"The games are said to be addictive to youth, who will skip school and spend unreasonable sums of money to play them at a quarter -- and sometimes 50 cents -- a pop, says Thomas R. Jackson, a retired narcotics agent and the resident who proposed the ban. Further, he says, gambling and drug activity are connected to the video game locations where youth congregate unsupervised."

That's awesome.  As is:

He believes that video games help children learn social skills, hone their problem-solving skills, and encourage creative thinking.
 
2014-05-01 11:41:53 AM
What prompted the ban back in 1982? The Patriot Ledger writes it was because some believed arcade games attracted an "undesirable element."

I agree. Teenagers with pockets full of quarters are very undesirable.
 
2014-05-01 11:42:09 AM
Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.
 
2014-05-01 11:43:17 AM
Next on the docket, dancing?
 
2014-05-01 11:45:55 AM
Ms. Pac-Man is a whore, so she's still banned.
 
2014-05-01 11:46:41 AM
codigo:

I agree. Teenagers with pockets full of quarters are very undesirable.

Back in the 80's having brass in pocket made you special, so special...I gotta have some of your attention.
 
2014-05-01 11:50:49 AM
FTFA: One of those supporters, Sue Walker, said that, "There is gaming all over the place, and there's nothing fun about it."

Sounds like someone's never teabagged the corpse of the n00b she's repeatedly pwnd by spawn camping, while questioning his sexuality in chat.
 
2014-05-01 11:51:55 AM
The smell of all those onions on belts must have been eye watering.
 
2014-05-01 11:54:15 AM

moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.


Where did you see any thing about Jesus in the article?  Did the Mass Suprem Court uphold the ban because Jesus?
 
2014-05-01 11:56:30 AM

moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.


You suck at reading comprehension.

/And the town and state is run by Democrats.  Go figure.
 
2014-05-01 11:59:37 AM
Someone in that town actually said "games aren't fun"  -- The actual quote is posted above my post a few times, but it all boils down to the woman actually saying "games aren't fun".

What kind of sad-sack, lousy childhood must SHE have had? That borders on the pathetic.
 
2014-05-01 12:01:51 PM
And now, Pac-Man moving towards a blue pill, eating it, and chomping ghosts...

woc-woc-woc-woc-WOCCA-DAWK!-- bweew! bweew! bweew! bweew!
 
2014-05-01 12:06:25 PM

codigo: What prompted the ban back in 1982? The Patriot Ledger writes it was because some believed arcade games attracted an "undesirable element."

I agree. Teenagers with pockets full of quarters are very undesirable.


Pinball and video games used to be part of gambling rackets. why Do you think there used to be a label on them saying you COULDNT win prizes or a cash payout?

Also, yes, a lot of drug dealing in dank arcades.
 
2014-05-01 12:06:30 PM

Nix Nightbird: Someone in that town actually said "games aren't fun"  -- The actual quote is posted above my post a few times, but it all boils down to the woman actually saying "games aren't fun".

What kind of sad-sack, lousy childhood must SHE have had? That borders on the pathetic.


Yeah, no kidding. I'm no gamer, but how can anyone judge what other people should or shouldn't find fun? People like that just freakin' amaze me.
 
2014-05-01 12:07:40 PM

Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.


Meanwhile, also in MA:

http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/

hadleyquarters.com
 
2014-05-01 12:08:04 PM
In high school the mall and the arcade was the first 2 places they looked for people skipping school, so only the idiots were caught.
 
2014-05-01 12:08:49 PM
Politicians: banning all the shiat they can for the good of themselves.
 
2014-05-01 12:10:46 PM
Still 175 nuts left.
 
2014-05-01 12:11:11 PM

Sybarite: They were just trying to protect kids from the inevitable consequences.

[killstreakmedia.com image 608x464]


I have a vague recollection of this...  Is that Emilio Estevez?  What's the title of this?  I want to see it again.
 
2014-05-01 12:11:26 PM
Here's your Chuck E Cheese franchise. Muahahahahaha
 
2014-05-01 12:12:13 PM

codigo: What prompted the ban back in 1982? The Patriot Ledger writes it was because some believed arcade games attracted an "undesirable element."

I agree. Teenagers with pockets full of quarters are very undesirable.


Yeah. What business wants to attract people with poor decision making skills, act rashly to satisfy short term desires, and have disposable income?

There's nothing wrong with video games. And Pac Man, specifically? Harmless. If Pac Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.
 
2014-05-01 12:14:34 PM

Sybarite: They were just trying to protect kids from the inevitable consequences.

[killstreakmedia.com image 608x464]


Yup video game movies.......no one wants to see those.
 
2014-05-01 12:15:06 PM

moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise brains, lack there of.

 
2014-05-01 12:16:44 PM
This says more about The Patriot Ledger and the town of Marshfield than it does coin-op video games.
 
2014-05-01 12:17:26 PM

ZackDanger: Meanwhile, also in MA:

http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/

[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]


I would gladly patronize that establishment, if I weren't four states away.
 
2014-05-01 12:19:14 PM

DOCTORD000M: Sybarite: They were just trying to protect kids from the inevitable consequences.

[killstreakmedia.com image 608x464]

I have a vague recollection of this...  Is that Emilio Estevez?  What's the title of this?  I want to see it again.


Teh Goggles says it's "The Bishop of Battle" from the anthology "Nightmares." All of which I've never seen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmares_%281983_film%29
 
2014-05-01 12:19:21 PM

ZackDanger: Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.

Meanwhile, also in MA:

http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/

[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]


We have this in New Orleans
http://barcadianeworleans.com/
 
2014-05-01 12:25:27 PM

groppet: In high school the mall and the arcade was the first 2 places they looked for people skipping school, so only the idiots were caught.


If I skipped school, the last places I went were the mall or arcade. I was usually at a friend's house, a girlfriend's house, or hanging out in the city under the bridge where we had a boombox and a beat-up old couch. Ol' Shaky Jake might wander by sometimes and say "howza-howza-howza-how do!" and we'd stop our teenage hi-jinks and laugh, mostly because Shaky Jake was doing something strange like wearing only one shoe, or carrying a guitar that he didn't know how to play.

We might wander over to the Painted Pony to buy comics, but the guy who owned it was a bit on the creepy side and would leer at the girls, sometimes even letting a little drool dribble from the side of his mouth... As an adult I have to wonder if it wasn't that he was a pervert so much as he might have had some condition that caused him to leer and drool-- A stroke, maybe? I don't know, and at 16 I didn't care. Besides, when he got too weird, we started hanging out at Dave's shop instead. Dave was cool, and wouldn't narc on us or leer at the girls.

In the afternoons we'd go to Tony's for some fries (a single order was a giant plate full of them; enough for four or five teenagers) or do some clothes shopping at the local, beloved thrift shops. We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates, shakes, or egg creams. The antique shop down the way was a great source of entertainment, as they had really old clothes and magazines to look through.

If the right person was at the ticket window, we'd go to see a show at the old theater, and then head up to the balcony and enjoy being unseen by the rest of the audience.

No, we saved the arcade for the weekends or after school. We knew better than to go to the mall (where the arcade was located) in the daytime. The mall security guards were dicks, and would rat us out. They barely tolerated our group during the weekends, after school, or in the summertime. Something about our multi-colored hair, mohawks, fishnets, Doc Martins, and jackets covered in safety pins or buttons (the kind with slogans or pictures on them, not the kind you use to secure things) made the rent-a-cops nervous-- or perhaps they were just jealous of our youth. Either way, Aladdin's Castle was empty in the middle of a school day, except for a few adults who had Pac-Man fever and the one pinball wizard in his 50s who snarled at anyone disturbing his groove. I swear, the guy must have had dents on his dick from all the bumping he did to that machine.

Good times... Good times.
 
2014-05-01 12:28:15 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: codigo: What prompted the ban back in 1982? The Patriot Ledger writes it was because some believed arcade games attracted an "undesirable element."

I agree. Teenagers with pockets full of quarters are very undesirable.

Yeah. What business wants to attract people with poor decision making skills, act rashly to satisfy short term desires, and have disposable income?

There's nothing wrong with video games. And Pac Man, specifically? Harmless. If Pac Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.


Don't forget gobbling fruit and being chased by ghosts.
 
2014-05-01 12:30:14 PM

Theaetetus: As the rather close, 203-175 vote indicates, the ban still had its supporters. One of those supporters, Sue Walker, said that, "There is gaming all over the place, and there's nothing fun about it. I mean, have you played 'Demon's Souls'? I died something like 50 times in the first hour. And what the hell is with with the tiny city sizes in the new Sim City? I can't have a university and a stadium in the same city? Screw that."


Thank you for that.  This is the perfect response to that kill-joy.
 
2014-05-01 12:30:36 PM

sulco: ZackDanger: Meanwhile, also in MA:

http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/

[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]

I would gladly patronize that establishment, if I weren't four states away.



If they have a 4-station Gauntlet setup, I just might drive there regardless of distance.

/Red Warrior needs beer badly
 
2014-05-01 12:32:33 PM

Nix Nightbird: groppet: In high school the mall and the arcade was the first 2 places they looked for people skipping school, so only the idiots were caught.

If I skipped school, the last places I went were the mall or arcade. I was usually at a friend's house, a girlfriend's house, or hanging out in the city under the bridge where we had a boombox and a beat-up old couch. Ol' Shaky Jake might wander by sometimes and say "howza-howza-howza-how do!" and we'd stop our teenage hi-jinks and laugh, mostly because Shaky Jake was doing something strange like wearing only one shoe, or carrying a guitar that he didn't know how to play.

We might wander over to the Painted Pony to buy comics, but the guy who owned it was a bit on the creepy side and would leer at the girls, sometimes even letting a little drool dribble from the side of his mouth... As an adult I have to wonder if it wasn't that he was a pervert so much as he might have had some condition that caused him to leer and drool-- A stroke, maybe? I don't know, and at 16 I didn't care. Besides, when he got too weird, we started hanging out at Dave's shop instead. Dave was cool, and wouldn't narc on us or leer at the girls.

In the afternoons we'd go to Tony's for some fries (a single order was a giant plate full of them; enough for four or five teenagers) or do some clothes shopping at the local, beloved thrift shops. We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates, shakes, or egg creams. The antique shop down the way was a great source of entertainment, as they had really old clothes and magazines to look through.

If the right person was at the ticket window, we'd go to see a show at the old theater, and then head up to the balcony and enjoy being unseen by the rest of the audience.

No, we saved the arcade for the weekends or after school. We knew better than to go to the mall (where the arcade was located) in the daytime. The mall security guards were dicks, and would rat us out. They barely tolerate ...


This kind of reads like pulp fiction. Not the movie.
 
2014-05-01 12:33:38 PM

Fano: Also, yes, a lot of drug dealing in dank arcades.


I observed a lot of the same back in the 80's but it was a cart/horse, chicken/egg. nature/nurture things.  Arcades had to be a little dark because angled, relatively weak displays catch a lot of reflections.  But the father of a kid I was friends with for couple of years owned two arcades (yay free games) and he was always trying to open a third.  His first two were the typical dank pits of vice and despair but he wanted to open one in a better location, have it be a little more brightly lit and be a cleaner better environment basically because he did not like bringing his own kid to where he had his arcades.  That needs to start with a lease in a better area but he could never get one because arcades "gathered a bad element."  I can remember him talking about it with my dad "Of course they do if you only allow them in shiat holes"   But if you wanted to pay the (apparently insane) licensing fee for a mouse with moronic animatronics, then you could build one anywhere.  Beyond that it was always in a dying mall in the deadest arm of the mall or strip mall in a dodgy area.  Right about the time we moved, he sold the leases to both, kept a few of his favorite consoles and left the industry.  Always was a shame because he really was trying to be one of the good guys.
 
2014-05-01 12:33:46 PM

ZackDanger: Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.

Meanwhile, also in MA:


http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/


[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]


I see that and raise you Portland's Ground Control arcade:


i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-01 12:34:07 PM

sulco: ZackDanger: Meanwhile, also in MA:

http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/

[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]

I would gladly patronize that establishment, if I weren't four states away.


Feel free to come down to my basement.

s29.postimg.org

That's Battlezone, Defender and Galaga.

Still looking for an authentic Asteroids.
 
2014-05-01 12:34:08 PM

Fark like a Barsoomian: DOCTORD000M: Sybarite: They were just trying to protect kids from the inevitable consequences.

[killstreakmedia.com image 608x464]

I have a vague recollection of this...  Is that Emilio Estevez?  What's the title of this?  I want to see it again.

Teh Goggles says it's "The Bishop of Battle" from the anthology "Nightmares." All of which I've never seen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmares_%281983_film%29


yep - that's it, for some random reason we used to watch that flick a whole bunch on VHS back in the day (top loader VCR baby!) - I remember the band Fear being in the soundtrack (in that segment with Estevez) but didn't know that Lee Ving was in the flick until that Wiki post.  Thanks!
 
2014-05-01 12:34:25 PM
Oops, it should be spelled Ground Krontrol.
 
2014-05-01 12:36:32 PM
images10.newegg.com
 
2014-05-01 12:38:31 PM

ZackDanger: Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.

Meanwhile, also in MA:

http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/

[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]



Yeah too bad that guy lives in a lame place.

In Austin we have

s3-media3.ak.yelpcdn.com
(just one aisle of many at Pinballz, packed on the weekend)

blogs.dallasobserver.com
Kung Fu Saloon (image is of Dallas location, all the yelp pics of Austin were crap)

And Pinballz is opening an even larger location in Buda.
 
2014-05-01 12:40:39 PM
So, are therr any of these neat arcades or arcade hybrids around Chicago? I know about Galloping Ghost but that's all.
 
2014-05-01 12:41:41 PM
Not related to the story but related to Mass.

Someone beat up the Keytar Bear that performs around Boston.  What is this world coming to.

37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-01 12:49:24 PM
Good. Now maybe the kids will have something to do other than heroin and oxy.
 
2014-05-01 12:49:29 PM
1983 you say... better dust this off

planetarbitrary.com

/probably scared the old folks to vote for the ban to begin with.
 
2014-05-01 12:52:01 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: So, are therr any of these neat arcades or arcade hybrids around Chicago? I know about Galloping Ghost but that's all.


What about St. Louis?  I'll be going there in a few short weeks, and would love to hit one of these places, if anyone can recommend a good one.  Many of the listings look like places that -sell- games, not a real arcade- like the old 80s type with actual games instead of stupid ticket-games like D&B has.

There was once a "Pinball/video game Museum" very close to the arch, but it had closed down the last time I was there, many years ago.
 
2014-05-01 12:53:21 PM

dennysgod: 1983 you say... better dust this off

[planetarbitrary.com image 643x800]

/probably scared the old folks to vote for the ban to begin with.


WANT
 
2014-05-01 12:58:53 PM

fst_creeper: Fano: Also, yes, a lot of drug dealing in dank arcades.

I observed a lot of the same back in the 80's but it was a cart/horse, chicken/egg. nature/nurture things.  Arcades had to be a little dark because angled, relatively weak displays catch a lot of reflections.  But the father of a kid I was friends with for couple of years owned two arcades (yay free games) and he was always trying to open a third.  His first two were the typical dank pits of vice and despair but he wanted to open one in a better location, have it be a little more brightly lit and be a cleaner better environment basically because he did not like bringing his own kid to where he had his arcades.  That needs to start with a lease in a better area but he could never get one because arcades "gathered a bad element."  I can remember him talking about it with my dad "Of course they do if you only allow them in shiat holes"   But if you wanted to pay the (apparently insane) licensing fee for a mouse with moronic animatronics, then you could build one anywhere.  Beyond that it was always in a dying mall in the deadest arm of the mall or strip mall in a dodgy area.  Right about the time we moved, he sold the leases to both, kept a few of his favorite consoles and left the industry.  Always was a shame because he really was trying to be one of the good guys.


CBS.

You could sadly replace 'arcade' with 'pool hall' and hear the same story from thousands of business owners.  We had an arcade in town when I was a kid and a pool hall.  Both of them attracted 'undesirables' but the funny thing was that both owners were good guys.  I personally witnessed the pool hall owner put himself in harms way to keep the goons in line twice, and I heard about a lot of other times as well.  Shortly after he opened a bunch of minors wanted to come play pool so he renovated his establishment with a wall separating two sections, one that served alcohol and one that didn't.  The only thing that ran him out of town was the owner of the building visiting (he was based in another province) and realizing that this guy had actually turned his run down warehouse in a shiatty neighborhood into a thriving clean and friendly establishment and thus tripling the price of the lease.  What did we do? We went back to hanging out in much less wholesome locals.
 
2014-05-01 01:00:12 PM
FU Pacman!
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-01 01:00:41 PM

Nix Nightbird: groppet: In high school the mall and the arcade was the first 2 places they looked for people skipping school, so only the idiots were caught.

If I skipped school, the last places I went were the mall or arcade. I was usually at a friend's house, a girlfriend's house, or hanging out in the city under the bridge where we had a boombox and a beat-up old couch. Ol' Shaky Jake might wander by sometimes and say "howza-howza-howza-how do!" and we'd stop our teenage hi-jinks and laugh, mostly because Shaky Jake was doing something strange like wearing only one shoe, or carrying a guitar that he didn't know how to play...


Now i'm going to have to look up that movie... because i'm sure that's a movie and not your actual life story...

Day_Old_Dutchie: [images10.newegg.com image 640x480]


I would definitely eat a blue pill and then munch those ghosts
 
2014-05-01 01:03:00 PM

codigo: What prompted the ban back in 1982? The Patriot Ledger writes it was because some believed arcade games attracted an "undesirable element."

I agree. Teenagers with pockets full of quarters are very undesirable.


FTFY.  Now I think we can appreciate the underlying motivation.
 
2014-05-01 01:07:10 PM
Hello Marshfield residents and welcome back to 1982.
Here are just a few things you will soon look forward to:
The arcade is a gateway drug. Soon the kids will end up using the "Rubik's Cube" while listening to Kajagoogoo on their "walkmans", while standing on the corner wearing Kangaroos and Member's Only jackets, drinking Crystal Pepsi and New Coke.
 
2014-05-01 01:07:46 PM
Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.
 
2014-05-01 01:09:04 PM

Heatseeker: Hello Marshfield residents and welcome back to 1982.
Here are just a few things you will soon look forward to:
The arcade is a gateway drug. Soon the kids will end up using the "Rubik's Cube" while listening to Kajagoogoo on their "walkmans", while standing on the corner wearing Kangaroos and Member's Only jackets, drinking Crystal Pepsi and New Coke.


Great now I have Too Shy playing in my head. You are now my nemesis.
 
2014-05-01 01:10:41 PM

moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.


Your reading comprehension skills are amazing! Oh wait, they actually suck.
 
2014-05-01 01:11:27 PM

Ambitwistor: codigo: What prompted the ban back in 1982? The Patriot Ledger writes it was because some believed arcade games attracted an "undesirable element."

I agree. Teenagers with pockets full of quarters are very undesirable.

FTFY.  Now I think we can appreciate the underlying motivation.


Yes. You are correct. It literally was "screw whatever kids are into." No snark.
 
2014-05-01 01:13:12 PM

buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.


Yes, but the concern wasn't obscenity, but rather copyright infringement of this well-known F*ck-man game:
pnmedia.gamespy.com
 
2014-05-01 01:16:14 PM

Sybarite: They were just trying to protect kids from the inevitable consequences.


I freaking loved that episode/story/part of the movie as a kid. (I don't really remember any of the others.)
I'm sure it doesn't hold up but id like to watch that again now.
 
2014-05-01 01:21:01 PM

TheDirtyNacho: Yeah too bad that guy lives in a lame place.

In Austin we have


Yeah but you still have to live in Texas, albeit the coolest part of Texas I suppose.

I'm just saying that when I was a kid there was at least one arcade in every mall and bowling alley and they're pretty scarce now.
 
2014-05-01 01:22:55 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: [images10.newegg.com image 640x480]


I am just imagining Robert Downey Jr. in some Pac Man pajamas, and this is how he plays Pac Man.
 
2014-05-01 01:25:13 PM
I'm currently restoring a Joust! cabinet, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2014-05-01 01:26:56 PM
The ban was stupid and repealing is nearly pointless as arcades are an endangered species in the US.

Back in the day the games were hella better than anything the home consoles were capable of. Now the consoles more often than not are better,
 
2014-05-01 01:28:43 PM
Meanwhile, just across the MA border in Pelham, NH...

The Pinball Wizard Arcade

My favourite place to make a Pinball Pilgrimage. I'm thinking about doing so in the next few weeks.
 
2014-05-01 01:29:44 PM
Makes me wish the Moose I belong to didn't remove the arcade game with Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and other classics in one cabinet.
 
2014-05-01 01:29:46 PM

Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates


wut
 
2014-05-01 01:33:45 PM

Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut


Phosphate soda.
 
2014-05-01 01:36:54 PM

Whatthefark: ZackDanger: Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.Meanwhile, also in MA:
http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/
[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]
I see that and raise you Portland's Ground Control arcade:
[i.imgur.com image 580x435]



ALL IN!!


http://www.funspotnh.com/
Fun Spot is home to the largest collection of classic games in the world! Featured in "King of Kong" and about an hour from my house. Woot!

www.funspotnh.com
 
2014-05-01 01:47:40 PM

mr.Curmudgeon: Whatthefark: ZackDanger: Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.Meanwhile, also in MA:
http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/
[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]
I see that and raise you Portland's Ground Control arcade:
[i.imgur.com image 580x435]


ALL IN!!


http://www.funspotnh.com/
Fun Spot is home to the largest collection of classic games in the world! Featured in "King of Kong" and about an hour from my house. Woot!

[www.funspotnh.com image 800x531]


This is the place we have in Portland. Plus it has a bar. Urrah.
 
2014-05-01 01:54:07 PM
FTFA:One of those supporters, Sue Walker, said that, "There is gaming all over the place, and there's nothing fun about it."

Of course since there is no fun, absolutely no one does it.

Another case of "I don't like it, therefore no one should be allowed to do it."
 
2014-05-01 01:54:29 PM

Sybarite: They were just trying to protect kids from the inevitable consequences.

[killstreakmedia.com image 608x464]


jarviscity.com

goregirl.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-01 01:55:55 PM

mr.Curmudgeon: Whatthefark: ZackDanger: Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.Meanwhile, also in MA:
http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/
[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]
I see that and raise you Portland's Ground Control arcade:
[i.imgur.com image 580x435]


ALL IN!!


http://www.funspotnh.com/
Fun Spot is home to the largest collection of classic games in the world! Featured in "King of Kong" and about an hour from my house. Woot!

[www.funspotnh.com image 800x531]


Is that a sit-down Red Baron game on the right hand side of that picture? That game was *ace* Best Atari arcade game ever. Along with Tempest, of course.


Also, I'm fairly sure that TFA is essentially the plot of the film Joysticks, minus the obligatory 1980s comedy punk villain.
 
2014-05-01 01:56:13 PM
I grew up not far from there, and our town went through similar issues. At one point, anyone under 15 had to have written parental permission to play them, and they had to be turned off during school hours. Adults complained, and it changed to no one under 17 could play weekdays before 3pm. Then we got Atari and could play Pong WHENEVER WE WANTED.

upload.wikimedia.org
SO EXCITING
/hot
 
2014-05-01 02:17:14 PM

Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.


s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com
Yestercades in Red Bank, NJ. They also have consoles (both old-school and new), pinball machines, and board games available to play here.
 
2014-05-01 02:23:11 PM

ILoveLamp: I'm currently restoring a Joust! cabinet, so I'm getting a kick...


I farking love Joust.  Good for you.  That's a fun game.
 
2014-05-01 02:27:57 PM
He believes that video games help children learn social skills, hone their problem-solving skills, and encourage creative thinking.


Look, if you want to play video games, just say you want to play video games.  Don't blow smoke up my ass about all the benefits you just made up.  And, somewhat related, I don't give a crap about all the stuff you can make with hemp, either.
 
2014-05-01 02:32:18 PM

JNowe: He believes that video games help children learn social skills, hone their problem-solving skills, and encourage creative thinking.


Look, if you want to play video games, just say you want to play video games.  Don't blow smoke up my ass about all the benefits you just made up.  And, somewhat related, I don't give a crap about all the stuff you can make with hemp, either.


Totes edgy.
 
2014-05-01 02:35:22 PM

towatchoverme: sulco: ZackDanger: Meanwhile, also in MA:

http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/

[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]

I would gladly patronize that establishment, if I weren't four states away.

Feel free to come down to my basement.

[s29.postimg.org image 850x1133]

That's Battlezone, Defender and Galaga.

Still looking for an authentic Asteroids.


You...have...a...BATTLEZONE!?!?!?!
*swoon*

Acquire 'Tempest' and an original Space Invaders and Donkey Kong and might just have to get a divorce and move in.
 
2014-05-01 02:35:33 PM

Egoy3k: JNowe: He believes that video games help children learn social skills, hone their problem-solving skills, and encourage creative thinking.


Look, if you want to play video games, just say you want to play video games.  Don't blow smoke up my ass about all the benefits you just made up.  And, somewhat related, I don't give a crap about all the stuff you can make with hemp, either.

Totes edgy.


Your revolution is over.. Condolences. The bums los-.....huh, what that?  The bums won?  Well, Ill be.
 
2014-05-01 02:36:31 PM
just picked this up
it needs work... and apparently an image rotation...

i60.tinypic.com
 
2014-05-01 02:43:48 PM
 
2014-05-01 03:10:30 PM

TheNewJesus: just picked this up
it needs work... and apparently an image rotation...

[i60.tinypic.com image 320x240]


The looks like a predecessor to Lucky and Wild, also they didn't bother to mirror the orientation of the gun and the steering wheel for the US market I see.
 
2014-05-01 03:24:08 PM
Trouble, oh we got trouble, 
Right here in River City! 
With a capital "T" 
That rhymes with "P"
And that stands for .... Pacman?

//I'm a billiards man, myself.
 
2014-05-01 03:53:26 PM
These folks always bring a selection of games to PaxEast, and they're hotwired to no longer need quarters.  My husband played Gauntlet for HOURS a couple years ago.

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

They're up in Laconia, NH.

Definitely worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood.
 
2014-05-01 04:03:44 PM

towatchoverme:

Feel free to come down to my basement.

[s29.postimg.org image 850x1133]

That's Battlezone, Defender and Galaga.



RandyMarshICame.jpg
 
2014-05-01 04:20:33 PM

mr.Curmudgeon: Whatthefark: ZackDanger: Mugato: Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.Meanwhile, also in MA:
http://hadleyquarters.com/about-us/
[hadleyquarters.com image 850x566]
I see that and raise you Portland's Ground Control arcade:
[i.imgur.com image 580x435]


ALL IN!!


http://www.funspotnh.com/
Fun Spot is home to the largest collection of classic games in the world! Featured in "King of Kong" and about an hour from my house. Woot!

[www.funspotnh.com image 800x531]


Nice -- I was gonna post about Funspot.  It's about an hour from my house, too (maybe we're neighbors).
Funspot was  also at PAX Boston this year.  Had a decent collection of games to play.

//Wish arcades could still be viable in general.
//Spent many a afternoon (or skipped school day) in them in the early 80s.
// Yeah. Old.  Off my lawn now, you.
 
2014-05-01 04:25:56 PM

buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.


which is absolutely what they would have done
 
2014-05-01 04:30:25 PM

buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.


Then later there was Ms. Pac-Man, and eventually Jr. Pac-Man. They knew they didn't need to spell it out for us.
 
2014-05-01 04:37:01 PM

buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.


If Fark existed then I'm sure most of us would have changed the "C" in Pac to an "F"...
 
2014-05-01 04:39:25 PM

Slayinit: buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.

If Fark existed then I'm sure most of us would have changed the "C" in Pac to an "F"...


Dammitall! I meant to say we would've changed the "P" to an "F" and the "C" to...<sigh>

/Nevermind

//Fap Man
 
2014-05-01 04:41:36 PM

Falstaff: If they have a 4-station Gauntlet setup, I just might drive there regardless of distance.

/Red Warrior needs beer badly


Quotes is from Gauntlet II.  In Gauntlet, the Warrior is red by default and the adapted quote would simply be "Warrior needs beer badly."

/That's rattling around my head.  Maybe bans like this are beneficial.
 
2014-05-01 04:51:56 PM
*slow clap*
 
2014-05-01 04:54:49 PM
I want to kidnap Sue Walker, duct tape her to a chair and make her watch me play Grand Theft Auto 5.
 
2014-05-01 05:11:36 PM
Z82 Retrocade - Sherwood, AR

www.arktimes.com
 
2014-05-01 05:21:54 PM

Rindred: Z82 Retrocade - Sherwood, AR

[www.arktimes.com image 600x450]


Do they still have those asshole cops that would give their own mom a speeding ticket in Sherwood?
 
2014-05-01 06:04:59 PM
I bet they even banned their movie theaters from showing Wreck-It Ralph.
 
2014-05-01 06:50:34 PM
I think there may be an epidemic of Pong consoles in Boston-area landfills soon.  (BTW...does
anyone remember a Pac-Man ripoff called "KC Munchkin"?)
 
2014-05-01 06:51:15 PM
Muwahahahaaaaa! Now to swoop in with my Polybius cabinet and take over the town.
 
2014-05-01 06:53:20 PM

Theaetetus: buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.

Yes, but the concern wasn't obscenity, but rather copyright infringement of this well-known F*ck-man game:
[pnmedia.gamespy.com image 250x151]


I thought the name Pac-Man came from "Paku-Man", a character in Japanese folklore who literally
ate everything he saw.
 
2014-05-01 06:55:57 PM
As the rather close, 203-175 vote indicates, the ban still had its supporters. One of those supporters, Sue Walker, said that, "There is gaming all over the place, and there's nothing fun about it."

I'm guessing that Sue Walker is a fat vicious old hag who flips off people who snicker at her when she's uses her Hoverround to get some KFC drive-thru
 
2014-05-01 07:40:59 PM
House of Targ in Ottawa -  http://www.houseoftarg.com/  Perogies and pinball.
 
2014-05-01 07:41:01 PM

codigo: Heatseeker: Hello Marshfield residents and welcome back to 1982.
Here are just a few things you will soon look forward to:
The arcade is a gateway drug. Soon the kids will end up using the "Rubik's Cube" while listening to Kajagoogoo on their "walkmans", while standing on the corner wearing Kangaroos and Member's Only jackets, drinking Crystal Pepsi and New Coke.

Great now I have Too Shy playing in my head. You are now my nemesis.


Give in to that fear and hatred. Let those soothing lyrics wash over you and become one with the 80s.
 
2014-05-01 07:58:57 PM

nurdgrrl: House of Targ in Ottawa -  http://www.houseoftarg.com/  Perogies and pinball.



I have forwarded this to my polish pinball playing girlfriend.  I doubt we'll ever be in Ottawa but...
 
2014-05-01 08:09:53 PM
Land of the free.
 
2014-05-01 08:10:27 PM

buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.


I saw one of those once and it was indeed vandalized like that.  At the time I knew nothing about the original prototype or demo cabinets and just assumed it was a cheap knockoff.
 
2014-05-01 08:37:10 PM

Li'l Robbie: Theaetetus: buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.

Yes, but the concern wasn't obscenity, but rather copyright infringement of this well-known F*ck-man game:
[pnmedia.gamespy.com image 250x151]

I thought the name Pac-Man came from "Paku-Man", a character in Japanese folklore who literally
ate everything he saw.


You're sort of right. In its very first incarnation, the first part of the name was "Pakku-pakku", which is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of one's mouth repeatedly opening wide and closing.
 
2014-05-01 08:40:18 PM

CeroX: Now i'm going to have to look up that movie... because i'm sure that's a movie and not your actual life story...


If you find a movie with those specific details, then I'm going to have one hell of a plagiarism lawsuit to file.  Either that, or one of my friends from the old days who has legitimate claim to the tales of our youth wrote about the exact same stuff. That would be weird.
 
2014-05-01 08:41:31 PM

PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.


Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?
 
2014-05-01 08:45:16 PM

codigo: Rindred: Z82 Retrocade - Sherwood, AR

[www.arktimes.com image 600x450]

Do they still have those asshole cops that would give their own mom a speeding ticket in Sherwood?


Yes.
 
2014-05-01 09:00:34 PM
First they dig up E.T. now this?
 
2014-05-01 09:06:18 PM
arniesplacearcade.com
 
2014-05-01 09:08:00 PM
Hell, I recently went to an arcade with my gamer grand-daughter for part of her 18th birthday.  We spent $150 or more, very easily and quickly.  I wasn't even close to played out.

$2 per player on many games.  $5 for some of the VR games.

Whar is my stack of quarters/tokens!?  I swiped a card for most games.

Admittedly, the games are a hell of a lot better than Zaxxon, DigDug and Qbert, but really?  That floor space is very valuable in an arcade, now.  She also plays all of the classics, but the modern stuff is pretty awesome.
 
2014-05-01 09:53:46 PM

Nix Nightbird: PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.

Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?


In Portland, we have two original soda fountains and pharmacies that've been running for about a hundred years. You can still get phosphates and sodas mixed to order, egg creams and ice cream sundaes and floats, all made by hand. I'd be happier if the prices were a hundred years old as well, but they're pretty spiffy places.

Here's a link.
 
2014-05-02 12:16:19 AM

moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.


Christian Science Monitor has as much to do with Jesus as...well, everyone else who claims to do anything in the name of Jesus.
 
2014-05-02 12:56:10 AM

Shadowtag: moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.

Christian Science Monitor has as much to do with Jesus as...well, everyone else who claims to do anything in the name of Jesus.


Aye. CSM is a fantastic, professional and unbiased news source.
 
2014-05-02 01:01:26 AM

buckler: Nix Nightbird: PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.

Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?

In Portland, we have two original soda fountains and pharmacies that've been running for about a hundred years. You can still get phosphates and sodas mixed to order, egg creams and ice cream sundaes and floats, all made by hand. I'd be happier if the prices were a hundred years old as well, but they're pretty spiffy places.

Here's a link.


Cherish it. Around here, the last one closed down when the owner of the drug store and the original soda jerk (who was pretty darn old when I was a teen) died of extreme old age.

When I was a teen, we still had one at Kresge's, and another two in small drug stores on opposite sides of the township. Krege's folded decades ago, and the drugstores both closed down. One is just abandoned, now, and the other is a bail bondsman's office. Fitting, considering what happened to the city in the years since I was a kid.

I still make my own egg creams thanks to my SodaStream, and my shakes are pretty darn good, too. Surprisingly, the F'real milk shake machines in the Speedway make amazingly good milk shakes. They ain't cheap, but they're fabulous.
 
2014-05-02 02:07:33 AM
Pac-Man died, Angry Birds killed him!
 
2014-05-02 12:54:53 PM
Nix Nightbird: Ol' Shaky Jake might wander by sometimes and say "howza-howza-howza-how do!" and we'd stop our teenage hi-jinks and laugh, mostly because Shaky Jake was doing something strange like wearing only one shoe, or carrying a guitar that he didn't know how to play.

     A Shaky Jake story!  I once asked Jake to help me choose between two used CDs and he said "Get the one with the most musics!"

Besides, when he got too weird, we started hanging out at Dave's shop instead. Dave was cool, and wouldn't narc on us or leer at the girls.

    The irony here being that Dave's Comics replaced an arcade. (Focus)

The antique shop down the way was a great source of entertainment, as they had really old clothes and magazines to look through.

     Treasure Mart?  The Tree?

If the right person was at the ticket window, we'd go to see a show at the old theater, and then head up to the balcony and enjoy being unseen by the rest of the audience.

     The Michigan Theater?

     Nix, did you happen to go to Community High?
 
2014-05-02 08:46:22 PM

Nix Nightbird: PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.

Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?


In NYC, we have quite a few places that still do old-fashioned egg creams, but I never developed the taste for it.
 
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