Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

January 23, 2009 -

In most legislative offices, the most exciting thing you'll find are brochures.

In Rep. Joe Pickett's office, however, you can try your hand at classic Mario Bros.

As reported by the Austin American-Statesman, Mario isn't the only thing that's different about the Texas Democrat's office in the Capitol Building in Austin.

At his own expense, Pickett has remodeled his digs to look like a 1950s-era burger joint, complete with juke box. Visitors are offered free gumballs, soda and ice cream. As for Mario, the game helps keep state politics from getting too tense: 

[Pickett's] chief of staff, says the old "Mario Bros. " video game is a mood elevator. One day a guy who wanted to argue some issue or other marched in with a fierce face, ready to rumble.

 

"He walked in and saw the old Mario Bros. video game," Chambers recalled. "He looks and says, `Awwwwwwww, I love that game.' It even destressed him."


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Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

Interesting, but to me, bah. Big pieces of furniture to play one game? I'm from that gaming era also, but hey, if I can play that game on a device that can fit in my mind, I'd not be paying for the piece of furniture. BTW, I feel the same way about cds vs. mp3s.

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Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

That's just beyond cool. I hope we get a bunch of clean politicians in in Oklahoma too, our latest elections though were just mud slinging back and fourth.

Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

Ummmm wow... can Canada have politicians like that please?

Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

Massachusetts too please!

Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

Wow...  Donkey Kong is like $2,500 on E-bay...  It seems these old farts are wanting to get the attention of gamers now...  So what is next?

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Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

I'm not so sure he's merely trying to get the attention of gamers. If that was true then why the 50's burger joint decur when he could have just left the office as is and put in a much cheaper wii.

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Public attention, everyone else is already doing the Wii thing.

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Best... politician... EVER!

Alright, I'm overexagerating, but I think it'd be cool to go in to meet your politician, and there's an arcade game. Honestly, if I ever had to see him again, I'd go early!

Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

Doesn't the presence of an arcade coin-op machine sort of throw off the whole 50s thing? I mean it's cool, but the only games they had in the 50s were lawn darts and brill cream....

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I dont see the big deal i think it takes up a lot of office space and he should have just got a console game at staples or something and a nice LCD flat screen to play on. Why have this thing in the office just to take space up?

Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

I suspect that 'Mr Sandman' playing on a Wurlitzer would probably have just made people more stressed ;)

Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

I love 'Mr. Sandman'!

Re: Texas Legislator's Office Features Retro Mario Bros. Game

I like how you explicitly state that he used his own money to remodel his office.

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