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It’s official: Fun and Games is dead to me

June 26th, 2007


Fun and Games has now completed their transformation to dreadfully boring with their new sign.
It was only a year ago I put this on my “yay” list.  Now because of the subtraction of the spaceship entrance and replacing it with a boring open space plus getting rid of all the pinball machines and having only one classic machine, although it has 2 games (that I don’t play) it gets branded with “nay”.
I’m so disappointed in F&G, they could make more money by keeping games that parents would play while their kids have a pizza party or play those tiny skee ball machines.
I know businesses have to evolve with the times but all these changes seem to be a real effort to make it a less interesting place. 

I bid you adieu, Fun and Games.

I’ll always remember you the way you were:

94 Comments »

  1. The only hope is if Good Times Emporium http://www.goodtimeemporium.com/ does take over the old Sam’s Club.

    Comment by Rich June 26, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

  2. I hate Fun and Games. I have great memories of it from my teens, but every time I’ve gone in the past ten years the machines eat $1.50 of every $2.00 I put in them. When you try to get your money back their management tells you that they don’t own the games and that you have to write to the company that owns the games for a refund.

    Comment by Hummingbird Goetzl June 27, 2007 @ 2:59 am

  3. I used to like Fun & Games back in the late 70’s. But the place I miss even more is Bowlerama! I moved out of that area in 1993 to Seattle, and returned to visit around 2000 and was stunned to see they turned it into something else. It was the place to go on weekends back in the 1970’s. Sometimes “modern progress” isn’t very kind to us & our memories… – Traci

    Comment by Traci June 27, 2007 @ 3:38 am

  4. It’s ironic, but the photograph of the old Fun and Games looks like their design motif was to have you entering the future…and now studying the picture it’s seems to be drawing everyone nostalgically back into the past.

    Comment by Boston Cube June 27, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

  5. How sad, an era is over…

    Comment by Lisa June 27, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

  6. That is the lamest sign ever. Even if I didn’t know what kind of business “Fun and Games” is, who’d ever think that the Times New Roman font would evoke a feeling of anything fun? That sign really says “Yeah, I guess our stuff is kinda fun. You can come in if you want, or not. Whatever. We don’t really care”.

    By the way, there’s some work happening at the old head shop on Main St. you blogged about recently. The windows have been replaced and they’re doing some work inside, too.

    Comment by Julie June 27, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

  7. I worked at Fun & Games in the mid-80’s. It was a lot of fun. But the new sign looks like they took the “Fun” out of it. How boring. It definitely needs pizzazz. It looks like a stuffy old person’s place now, although I don’t know any “old” people who would go there.

    Comment by Susie June 28, 2007 @ 12:40 am

  8. I believe that the sign was changed because of the Framingham sign-by law. The old sign was in violation of some section of that law and needed to be replaced. Framingham has a very complicated sign by-law and it was only recently that the sunset provision expired (meaning all signs need to be brought into compliance).. It’s only a matter of time before all signs in Framingham become quite non-distinct and less pizzazz-y (if that is a word).

    Brad

    Comment by Brad July 5, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

  9. I used to date a girl from Framingham, and we took tons of photobooth pictures there. Last time I went there, it looked like they got rid of that too. Boo!

    Comment by Danwars July 5, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

  10. No big deal. The sign is now in line with what the inside is offering – homogenized hum-drum.

    Where’s the pool hall!?

    Where are the pinball machines!?

    Bye F&G … I lost you decades ago. *sniff*

    Comment by Nostalgio October 27, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

  11. I came across this page about a year ago, while trying to find Fun and Games’ website (for my kids birthday party) and was initially turned off from the arcade. I too remember the cool entrance they use to have, and used to spend a ton of time in the arcade. However, over the past couple years I have had multiple birthday parties for my kids there and also brought them in for laser tag and games during school vacations and some weekends. I have also, coincidentally, become friends with the new GM who took over the place a few years ago. Talking with him over the past year or so, I have found out a lot about the history of this arcade. So I figured I would sort of “set the record straight” for those people who hate the “New” Fun and Games. The family that operates the arcade also owns the entire building. When they removed the “tunnel” entrance a while back, it was because the arcade was going to close and they were going put some other type of store there. That fell through and eventually Fun and Games eventually put up that newer boring sign, and kept the arcade open. Apparently, they could not find another business to take that space, so they instead decided to change around Fun and Games to make more birthday party friendly, which they have done an excellent job with. So in conclusion, yes Fun and Games may not be as psychadelic as it used to be and there aren’t any more pinballs or pooltables, but they have done what they needed to do to survive and now run a super clean and friendly facility for kids birthday parties.

    PS. They do still have some old games, pacman, galaga, millipede, etc. to keep me entertained while my kids are there

    Comment by Joe March 2, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

  12. Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the info, that’s interesting to know the history you’ve provided. Although, correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t all the classic games you mentioned conglomerated into one machine? That’s what I remember from my last visit. It would be nice to have at least two or three separate classics so more than one person can play at a time. (and at least one pinball machine!)

    Comment by michelle March 2, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

  13. i remember when “FaGs was on waverly street in the early 70’s, right next to what is now the Harley dealership.

    Comment by grizzlyham May 1, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

  14. Yea I remember the arcade next to Howdy’s on 135, the new Fun and games kind of stinks they got rid of ALL the pinball machines, even my favorite South Park one. I kind of miss the old “Amigo” pinball machine at the old Kemp’s Midtown Bowling alley downtown above the old Sam Pan spent, Friday night Parks and rec bowling league night……

    Comment by mostmoderateD August 17, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

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