32-Year Arcade Ban Overturned in Massachusetts Town

The Massachusetts town of Marshfield has finally legalized arcade machines after a 32 year ban.

The ban, which was put in place by a 1982 bylaw, made it illegal to install coin-operated video game machines in local businesses. The repeal occurred in a recent town meeting where a petition presented by resident Craig Rondeau brought the issue to a vote which ended in the law’s repeal. Voters had previously upheld the bylaw in earlier votes taking place in 1994 and 2011.

Despite this win for gaming, opinions among the residents of Marshfield, were notably mixed. While Rondeau’s petition clearly found enough support to overturn the ban, there were more than a few people who wanted it to remain. Advisory member Thomas Scollins expressed that his board voted, in its entirety, against ending the bylaw. Other residents had also hoped to see it kept in place.

“There is gaming all over the place, and there’s nothing fun about it,” said local Sue Walker.

While many apparently agreed with her, supporters of Rondeua’s petition wound up having just enough of an edge to push the repeal through. Of the 378 voters in attendance, 203 of them voted to end ban while 173 voted to maintain it.

The end of the ban brings to close a minor legal saga dating back to the 1980s when the the efforts of local businesses stung by the loss of their lucrative arcade machine nearly led to a Supreme Court case. The appeal was unfortunately tossed out by the court.

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22 Comments on 32-Year Arcade Ban Overturned in Massachusetts Town


On May 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Hahaha what is Sue Walker’s deal? Did she get raped in an arcade as a child?

T. Jetfuel

On May 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm

You think that would be a “Hahaha” funny kind of thing?

Man, I have just spent too much time debating people who argue that being male is something we all should repent to let this kind of thing slide without clearly stating I find it very wrong to suggest there is something comical in your speculations.


On May 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

Sounds like you got raped in the arcade as a child.

Ha. Ha. Ha.


On May 2, 2014 at 12:49 am

@SupremeAllah – Got to agree with T Jetfuel I’m afraid, it’s hard enough having to indulge in the casual misandry and male-guilt fantasies permeated by smug liberals and bitter sexists cynically using the term ‘feminist’ as a crutch (thankfully a lot less present on this site since Ross Lincoln’s apparent departure, before which there would be at least one almost entirely fantastical ‘sexism in the games industry’ article every two months or so with no new insight or evidence added to a single one of them) without then seeing REALLY poor attempts at humor on here that have frankly nothing to do with anything. There’s nothing in her comment that suggests it’s made based on her gender or any sexual politics, it’s probably just deep-seated cultural ignorance towards the games industry that appears to have had a lot of support presumably from men as well given how long the ban’s stayed in place and how close the vote was. Remember, we’re in a country where massive swathes of people still think videogames, and many other pop culture things over the decades, are the cause of violence but don’t see any issue in allowing the mentally handicapped to buy machine guns or forcing people to spend thousands of dollars for medicine or treatment that in other countries costs a fraction of that. And that’s not even counting for potential religious factors.

Jokes have to be funny, and that’s especially true when it’s about a controversial subject matter such as rape, if for no reason other than to cover your own back. Not being PC about it, I’ve heard plenty of good rape and pedophile jokes, but they have to actually be jokes, as well as contextual in some way. Yours wasn’t. Don’t take it personally, most of us have face-planted telling what we thought was an offensive joke but just turned out to be an out-of-nowhere comment. Those that haven’t are usually completely humorless and, as a consequence, generally write for Cracked.



On May 2, 2014 at 2:06 am

I agree with T.Jetfuel.

Seems like you stand alone in your opinion “Supreme”Allah, perhaps you should quietly contemplate for a while over the reason this is.

I also agree with you Tez.

I say good riddance to the constant stream of “sexisim” articles. I am all for equality but I come here for gaming news, not to be instructed in the rights and wrongs of an industry I have no active part of.

The problem with Sue Walker’s comment is that she believe that if she does not personally gain fun from an activity then no one should or even has a right to. We could do with less closed minded people like her in the world. Hey SupremeAllah, I think you and Sue has some common ground here.


On May 2, 2014 at 2:29 am

I’d have to agree with SupremeAllah on this one. This woman is bitter for no reason.

And frankly all these other comments mindlessly going on about sexism for no reason seem pretty pathetic and out of left field.


On May 2, 2014 at 2:33 am


Agreed. These people are pathetic. Not to mention probably all the same person.

Goodric mephistapheles

On May 2, 2014 at 2:34 am

I think everyone here except allah are gots. all your politically correct bull you ing ass s. I dare one of you gots post your facebook up here and we can see what coward you are hiding behind your keyboards. Thats right you vegan eating gots off. You were all raped by daddy thats why u cant be a real men.and when your not home.. your girl sucking my .. and loving it. .

mrs kobritz

On May 2, 2014 at 2:40 am

Sexism comment ? What is this a bunch of s who like to jerk off together ? this lady. She can ride my pipe boston strong all night.. unlike you gots you ride each other..bwhahhaha sexism you z while i down ur mom..


On May 2, 2014 at 2:53 am

Bunch of s

T. Jetfuel

On May 2, 2014 at 3:17 am

Oh, I see there are actual children present. Either that, or very convincing impressions.

My sympathies. It’s confusing not having proper male role models.


On May 2, 2014 at 3:27 am

I’m afraid you’re not helping yourself here, Supreme, by clearly using multiple pseudonyms to post abuse while claiming others are doing the same thing just because they challenged you. I see a ban or at least some form of formal reprimand coming your way in the near future, and it won’t be because people can’t handle offensive jokes. It’ll be because you’re crossing the line into hate and bile.


On May 2, 2014 at 3:39 am

Ah, the “I know you are but what am I” defense.

You and your “pals” all post long winded nonsense about sexism out of nowhere, all of which are identical in their complains.

I call you out on it, and the best you can do is say I am doing the same thing.

Fact of the matter is, the arcade ban was pointless to begin with. Sue’s reasons for hate are unexplained and likely based on ignorance, and you and your alter egos are enraged about a subject that has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

It is a good thing people like you have no power in life, because I’m sure you would ban me for no reason as you advocate in your very post.

As I said at the beginning, you are pathetic.


On May 2, 2014 at 3:58 am

Please stop, Supreme. You’re fooling absolutely nobody. I tried to be helpful and critical in my response but it’s clear you’re not capable of being reasoned with, instead resorting to tired defence mechanisms. I’m not going to humor you any longer. I just think it’s a shame that you’ve chosen to go this childish route when all you’re doing is damaging the reputation of every free-thinking gamer on the internet and making it easier for people to continue stereotyping us. I just pity you that you actually think your four comments in ten minutes posting the same way each time actually pulled the wool over peoples’ eyes.

I hope for your sake you eventually grow up.


On May 2, 2014 at 4:05 am

One last thing, though – if you are going to pull this sort of nonsense again, I recommend at the very least disconnecting your router between comments – something you clearly didn’t have the time to do between posting as yourself and posting as ‘Goodric mephistapheles’ less than a minute later. The moderators won’t look too kindly at this when they inevitably check the comments and see your little antics. That’s also how any moderator would be able to instantly prove that I, T. Jetfuel and Aedrelic are different people – not to mention all long-established posters – who just all happen to be more intelligent than you and hold similar views.

A little heads up for the future, I feel you’re owed as much since you’re clearly not getting it from friends or family. ;)


On May 2, 2014 at 5:21 am

The moderators can see the IP of each post, they can determine this on their own and prove who is posting from the same location.

Not that they’d waste their time doing it anyway. Clearly you are upset and can’t handle being called out and destroyed, so that’s fine.

Go complain about sexism and feminists some place relevant. Perhaps on a teabagger website. This way you and your make believe friends can post the exact same comment in a topic about food safety or something, where it doesn’t apply.

BTW, the times of posting aren’t proof of anything other than multiple people posting at the same time. Not surprising you would grasp at straws like that, based on your arguments in this forum here.

As I said before, sad and pathetic.


On May 2, 2014 at 6:17 am

dumbass makes a sexist rape joke, several people correctly call him out for being a sexist dumbass, dumbass cries that they’re the same person because a rape joke has nothing to do with sexism, dumbass then also spams half a dozen comments saying women should suck his d***. then he claims the issue of sexism was ‘left-field’.

someone ban this stupid little troll.


On May 2, 2014 at 7:05 am

Someone’s mad!

I didn’t realize so many people here were raped in arcades as children.

Though I must say, this current alter ego you are using is not as eloquent as the others.

Red Menace

On May 2, 2014 at 7:33 am

“There is gaming all over the place, and there’s nothing fun about it,” said local Sue Walker.

This needs some context.

“There is gaming all over the place, and there’s nothing fun about it,” said local Sue Walker, an undoubtedly bitter old woman.


On May 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

@SupremeAllah – Just so you know, the mods have been notified junior. I guess when Phil Hornshaw or whoever comments on what an idiot you are and bans you, you’ll claim he’s also the same person as me and everyone else criticizing you, instead of accepting that you’re wrong. Hopefully though you’ll heed my advice and at least try to disguise your unbelievably puerile attempts at doing the same thing you’re pathetically accusing me and three other people of.

You won’t be missed.


On May 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Hey, I thought you weren’t going to humor me any longer! Poor little child can’t take it. And this many posts over nothing, on top of that. How sad.

Good luck with your cry to the admin defense. Like I said, I have nothing to fear.

I do see there are Spiderman 2 walkthroughs and such that you and your alter egos can go complain about sexism and feminism in. Hop to it, boy!

@Red Menace

How dare you snap to such judgements on this woman! Wha wha wha cry cry sexism feminism Ross Lincoln!


T. Jetfuel

On May 3, 2014 at 1:31 am

Huh? This is about Obamacare now? I see you not only have trouble telling people apart, but the same goes for things as well. It’s a serious problem, you should see someone about it.

What I also see is an example of a lack of enough self-respect to see how one’s voice could measure up to more than a petty annoyance. It’s like kids who believe nothing they say could actually matter, either to really hurt someone or to be of any benefit or pleasure to anyone. So the next best thing is inane obnoxiousness, because that at least seems to get some kind of a reaction.

I really recommend trying to work your way out of that kiddie sense of inconsequence. The rewards of talking to people are actually better outside of it.