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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.
 
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