Vienna, worried about the growing video games fad, is proposing to join other Northern Virginia towns in strictly limiting the number of machines in the town.
Under a proposed amendment to the town code, which may still be changed before a public hearing next month, Vienna would allow only 5 percent of a store's space to contain video machines, in effect outlawing video arcades, said town government spokeswoman Marie Kisner.
The changes also would require businesses with video games to install a bicycle rack and an extra parking space for every two machines it installs.
"Councilman George E. Lovelace proposed the changes after we defeated two recent applications to build video arcades and because Vienna was afraid it might become a haven for the games, now that Falls Church and Fairfax City" are curbing them, she said.
Last month, Herndon also voted to ban arcades and to allow a maximum of three video games in any business.
Kisner said that "there are only a few machines in town now, but parents are worried about kids wasting money, staying out of school and hanging out" around the popular machines.
The town already has an ordinance regulating amusement devices, such as pinball machines.