There have been reports of customers queuing for up to three hours at a time just to get into The Three Ferrets pub in Ventnor, following the installation of a Space Invaders machine in its public bar.
Landlord, John Wilkes, told IoW Radio, ‘It’s been incredible. Word seemed to spread around the town like wildfire and before I knew what was happening it was pandemonium. I’m having to ration each customer to just one game a day such is the demand. But I’ll say this, if our pub is anything to go by and these machines catch on, then they are the future, our drink takings have gone through the roof since we leased the machine.’
Worryingly the new console has led to altercations, with the local police being called in to caution two customers over an argument about the high score, after one switched off the machine to reset it in his favour. PC Hugh McPherson cautioned both parties and banned them from the Donkey Kong game being installed in The Red Fox over the road ‘at least until I’ve had a go,’ he said.
Meanwhile leader of Ventnor Chamber of Commerce, Andy Wray, commented: ‘The whole island is excited by the dawning of this new technological age, and these Space Invaders are a just another great reason why people should think about visiting us for a holiday.’ However he stated that rumours of the arrival of a Daley Thompson’s Decathlon console are said to be unfounded.
hat tip to Chrisf