Ms. Pac-Man may have been the last straw.
When the game came out in 1982, the city of Marshfield, Massachusetts outlawed all games because it “protects life in a small town from an urban-type honky-tonk environment.”
The Christian Science Monitor reports some businesses sued over the ban but couldn’t prevent it from being enacted.
Craig Rondeau didn’t like the ban when he was in grade school. “I was sitting thinking, why is this illegal in my town, to have fun with my friends.”
Now years later Craig found a few business owners who wanted the machines back, and a petition was begun.
Rondeau said there was a singular goal, giving people “the opportunity to choose.”
Vote they did.
By a count of 203-175, the people of Marshfield decided to allow arcade games again.
Mashable’s Chris Taylor loves it and sees great potential.
He writes it would be a goldmine “if Marshfield suddenly went hog wild and became a town filled with retro gaming devices."
“Praise the Pac-Man and pass the quarters," he finished.