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2009-08-09 01:59:12 PM
He ain't got no distractions.
 
2009-08-09 02:17:35 PM
I was hoping this was a Michael Phelps thread and looking forward to pictures.
 
2009-08-09 02:27:18 PM
Can't hear those buzzers and bells.
 
2009-08-09 02:53:16 PM
He's got such a supple wrist ;)
 
2009-08-09 03:08:16 PM
I hear he plays by sense of smell.
 
2009-08-09 03:14:13 PM
Don't see lights a flashin'.
 
2009-08-09 03:46:54 PM
He's got crazy flipper fingers.
 
2009-08-09 04:19:54 PM
Always gets the replay; never tilts at all.
 
2009-08-09 04:23:14 PM
sure plays a mean pinball.
 
2009-08-09 04:23:34 PM
Regardless, that young man with sense of hearing or vision is able to score highly on the aforementioned table game.
 
2009-08-09 04:23:37 PM
Read all of the above, and we're done. Thread closed
 
2009-08-09 04:26:11 PM
Many Farkers also have supple wrists. Perhaps they should take up pinball?
 
2009-08-09 04:26:22 PM
I thought I was the Bally table king.
 
2009-08-09 04:26:31 PM
Doesn't know who Jesus was or what prayin' is ...er, wait
 
2009-08-09 04:32:17 PM
I don't know.
 
2009-08-09 04:34:02 PM
I always thought that chruch would be a lot more popular if it celebrated communion like they did in Tommy

whiskey and barbiturates FTW!
or maybe FTOD
 
2009-08-09 04:34:56 PM
He may have won outside London, but until he's won from Soho down to Brighton, he hasn't played them all.
 
2009-08-09 04:37:28 PM
Just came in here to say that the headline reminds me of "The Perfect Human". (pops)
 
2009-08-09 04:41:49 PM
Ya know...this reminds me a a rock song I heard several decades ago. Now, what was it? Think...think...
 
2009-08-09 04:41:56 PM
I just got back from Bowen Kerins' Holiday Camp, so I'm getting a kick out of this thread.
 
npt
2009-08-09 04:44:02 PM
USA USA USA
 
2009-08-09 04:46:42 PM
It's George Costanza!Link (new window)
 
2009-08-09 04:47:05 PM
I don't know.

Even on my favorite table, he can beat my best. His disciples lead him in, and he just does the rest.

/this is why I love fark
 
2009-08-09 04:47:42 PM
But this doesn't answer the question... Is that bulge in Roger's pants his peener or a really big noot?

blog.nj.com
 
2009-08-09 04:48:20 PM
graphjam.files.wordpress.com

/hotlinked
 
2009-08-09 04:51:02 PM
i2.photobucket.com

The original Fireball was never surpassed for dirt dog mean. Five balls for a quarter, and three of those five would probably never taste flipper, but go right down the middle. Over that vicious spinning rubber wheel.

http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?gid=852
 
2009-08-09 04:58:27 PM
RocketRod: He ain't got no distractions.

No he's got a wife and kid.
How did he do that??
 
2009-08-09 04:59:58 PM
genner: RocketRod: He ain't got no distractions.

No he's got a wife and kid.
How did he do that??


Gotta be deaf, dumb and blind.
 
2009-08-09 05:02:10 PM

Er ... mama's got a squeeze box, Daddy never sleeps at night.


Dammit wrong lyrics again...

 
2009-08-09 05:03:32 PM
My life, from 1987 to 1989.

www.arcadeandpinballmachines.com
 
2009-08-09 05:06:55 PM
It has to be a trick.
 
2009-08-09 05:07:16 PM
PINBALL THREAD!

Makes me want to head to the basement and fire up my STTNG machine.

From all accounts, Bowen Kerins is a very nice guy on top of being a great player.

Lyman Sheats, however, is perhaps the greatest of the great--not only a very top player, but also a pinball software designer with a resume as long as your arm. Very specialized skill. To be a great player AND a world-class software developer is really something.
 
2009-08-09 05:10:05 PM
I love the riff from Pinball Wizard. It always gets me pumped up.
 
2009-08-09 05:13:21 PM
Medieval Madness FTW

/Duke of Bourbon, *hic*
 
2009-08-09 05:14:10 PM
Kwisatzhaderach: /hotlinked

I absolutely love that chart.
 
2009-08-09 05:14:16 PM
Ever since I was a young boy
I've played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all
But I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He stands like a statue
Becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean
He plays by intuition
The digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He's a pinball wizard
There's got to be a twist
A pinball wizard
He's got such a supple wrist

How do you think he does it?
(I don't know)
What makes him so good?

He ain't got no distractions
Can't hear those buzzers and bells
Don't see lights a flashin'
Plays by sense of smell
Always gets a replay
Never tilts at all
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

I thought I was
The Bally table king
But I just handed
My pinball crown to him

Even on my usual table
He can beat my best
His disciples lead him in
And he just does the rest
He's got crazy flipper fingers
Never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball
 
2009-08-09 05:14:43 PM
There has to be a twist.
 
2009-08-09 05:17:56 PM
userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2009-08-09 05:18:13 PM
FTA "I was really surprised,'' Kerins said yesterday. "There's enough luck involved in pinball that anyone can win or lose anytime.''

No, he's wrong about this. I always lose at pinball because I suck at it.
Luck has nothing to do with it.
 
2009-08-09 05:27:30 PM
dholway: FTA "I was really surprised,' Kerins said yesterday. "There's enough luck involved in pinball that anyone can win or lose anytime.'

No, he's wrong about this. I always lose at pinball because I suck at it.
Luck has nothing to do with it.


HAN: I call it luck.
BEN: In my experience, there's no such thing as luck.

Forget Yoda, Obi-Wan for the win.
 
2009-08-09 05:29:06 PM
It's like he's some kind of wizard at pinball or something.
 
2009-08-09 05:42:35 PM
TFA: "I was really surprised,'' Kerins said yesterday. "There's enough luck involved in pinball that anyone can win or lose anytime.''

Uh, no? That's either taken out of context or he's being more humble than what makes sense. The fact that the same person wins the World Championship twice in a row is a good sign that it's not about luck. Ok, there were only 64 contestants so he might have meant that any of them had a shot at winning, and that would be true as they weren't 64 randomly selected players but the top ranked.

/Used to have a world ranking around 150.
//My dad's comment: "If you had that ranking in golf or tennis you could live on it"
///Yes, I've speant way too many coins on pinball, why do you ask?
 
2009-08-09 05:44:20 PM
dholway: FTA "I was really surprised,' Kerins said yesterday. "There's enough luck involved in pinball that anyone can win or lose anytime.'

No, he's wrong about this. I always lose at pinball because I suck at it.
Luck has nothing to do with it.


I respectfully disagree.

Luck certainly does have something to do with it, because physics is a mean mistress. It takes tiny fractions of measurement of ball rotation, velocity, trajectory and seemingly a bejillion other things to turn a shot that should score mega-points into a SDTM ("straight down the middle") ball loss.

As much as I love video games (a player since the mid-70s) pinball is ultimately more captivating and challenging.

There are no "patterns" in pinball.

Sure, there's a sequence of shots you can hit to yield big points, but achieving that sequence involves much more than a flick of a joystick at the right time in a pattern.

Excellent results in pinball rely on many, many more variables the player must consider and adjust for because of the analog nature of the game, and the fact that the playfield in one game will be cleaner and more predictable than the playfield in a game that was maintained at a lower standard.

Sure, tournament games are gone over like mad; but the nature of pinball means that fractions of fractions of variances, tolerances, etc. mean the difference between exiting in the first round and a very large trophy.

Long live the silver ball!
 
2009-08-09 05:45:37 PM
I just watched Tommy the other night.

farm1.static.flickr.com

Tina Turner FTW
 
2009-08-09 05:47:43 PM
www.lyonspinball.com

Best machine ever

/taxi second
//earthquake third
 
2009-08-09 05:49:51 PM
At one time I could plunk a a single quarter into a Galaxy Pinball machine and play it for as long as I wanted, then walk away and leave dozens of free games.

/Worked in an Amusement Park with an Arcade
//Could do the same with Robotron
 
2009-08-09 05:50:00 PM
He scores a trillion more...a pinball wizard, the world's new pinball lord.

/since nobody's quoted the new lines from the Elton John version yet
 
2009-08-09 05:50:59 PM
Persepolis: I don't know.

Even on my favorite table, he can beat my best. His disciples The kids all lead him in, and he just does the rest.

/this is why I love fark


FIFY
 
2009-08-09 05:52:04 PM
His secret involves Ann Margaret covered in beans, chocolate and soap suds.
 
2009-08-09 05:55:46 PM
img23.imageshack.us

Favourite machine in the 80s


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Favourite machine in the 90s.
 
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