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Marshfield lifts 32-year-old arcade game ban

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MARSHFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -

Arcade games haven’t been heard or even played in Marshfield since Ronald Reagan was president, but that will soon change.

Craig Rondeau successfully led the charge to lift the 32-year-old ban on coin operated video games in Marshfield at Monday night's town meeting.

The reason for the ban? Town leaders were worried about the people who played the games.

“It would be bad for the people, it brings bad characters into town,” Rondeau said.

Supporters of the ban also didn't want kids wasting their allowance at arcades.

“I mean come on. Why not? It was ridiculous,” Joel Gaudette said.

Rondeau said the ban was challenged at least two other times, almost making it to the Supreme Court, but it kept failing.

“It is a big deal because if it ruffled so many feathers that it took 32 years to get it done we did something important,” he said.

The ban should be officially lifted as soon as this summer.

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