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Marshfield Voters Will Decide Whether To Allow Video Games Again

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MARSHFIELD (CBS) — After 30 years a South Shore town could be on the verge of allowing video games. The games have been banned in Marshfield since 1982, and for people who want to play video games in restaurants in the town, getting them reinstated may be a tough battle.

“People wanna come in, it’s another form of entertainment,” said Stephen Drosopoulos, who owns Venus II Restaurant. “(They) wanna come in, have a couple drinks, play some video games in the bar.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

When the games were banned 29 years ago the fight went all the way to the Supreme Court. At next week’s town meeting the biggest issue will be whether to build a new high school, but also on the ballot whether to lift the video game ban.

Opponents say this question is about much more than the games themselves. They say it’s about the future and character of this seacoast community.

“It would definitely change the type of entertainment we offer,” said Faith Jean, who supports the video game ban. “We’re a coastal town. Now are we an amusement coastal town or are we fishing and swimming and sailing?”

Despite the video game ban under state law Marshfield allows Keno in bars, restaurants and some stores.

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