Welcome to Beacon New York, where good out-of-home fun is out of the question. For eighteen months, the 70’s themed Retro Arcade Museum had been providing a great escape into classic gaming, featuring a mix of retro pinball and arcade games (including an original Pong machine), until the city flexed their muscles and ordered him to shut down because an old anti-pinball law was still on the books. The future remains uncertain for the Retro Arcade Museum and at least the city is taking a look into changing the law but they are taking their sweet time in doing so. Perhaps the local coverage on the story will get them to move along faster but it’s still irritating to come across these stories in this day and age. It was only a couple of years ago when we covered a story where a pinball ban had been lifted in Los Altos Hills, CA and one has to wonder how many other cities out there still are enforcing these outdated laws.
Here’s a video of what Retro’s was all about (and still can be)