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A COUPLE OF FRIENDS dragged me out to Playland at Rye Beach the other day. It’s a vintage suburban amusement park with a wooden roller coaster and other classic ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s rides. My friends went off to check out the rides, including the latest, the mind scrambler, which is actually a ’50s “scrambler” ride installed in a tent full of mirrors, strobe lights, and very loud speed metal music. As it was the day after a late night, I felt that my brains were scrambled enough already, so I told them to meet me in the arcade.I wasn’t feeling up to any G forces, but I did feel up to a few video games, maybe some pinball.

In the arcade I realized that I hadn’t been around the coin slots for a while. There were some new things I hadn’t seen. I was amazed to see the Superman II video game. Like most video games, it shows a preview of the set and the action before a coin is inserted. The locale

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