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(Yahoo)   Pac-Man is finally welcome in a Massachusetts town after an arcade ban of 32 years was lifted   ( divider line
    More: Spiffy, Pac-Man, Cleveland Arcade, Massachusetts, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court  
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4778 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 May 2014 at 11:37 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-05-01 09:01:32 AM  
3 votes:
Wow, just in time for arcades to be completely irrelevant.
2014-05-01 01:07:46 PM  
2 votes:
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 11:42:09 AM  
2 votes:
Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.
2014-05-01 01:33:45 PM  
1 vote:

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


Phosphate soda.
2014-05-01 01:10:41 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:00:12 PM  
1 vote:
FU Pacman!
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2014-05-01 12:49:24 PM  
1 vote:
Good. Now maybe the kids will have something to do other than heroin and oxy.
2014-05-01 12:34:25 PM  
1 vote:
Oops, it should be spelled Ground Krontrol.
2014-05-01 12:33:46 PM  
1 vote:

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

Meanwhile, also in MA:

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

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2014-05-01 12:25:27 PM  
1 vote:

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 11:59:37 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:46:41 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:35:12 AM  
1 vote:
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."
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