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2013-01-10 05:53:57 PM

quiotu: It's... ShowTime!!!


I'd never consider myself a pinhead, but that was a fun game back in the day. Another favorite from high school was Swords of Fury. It had the silliest dialog samples but that was part of the enjoyment. Sad thing was, I just wasn't that good at pinball.
 
2013-01-10 06:17:13 PM
fatboy

i have a spirit of 76 and spanish eyes and i'll trade either for the klondike.
i have other em dog'ed route pins. spirit of 76 and spanish eyes are beautiful for route games. tax stickers and lock bar holes are the only disappoints
 
2013-01-10 07:55:48 PM

zerkalo: When in Seattle, visit the Pinball Museum

A small entrance fee gets you free play on dozens of classic machines!


Charlie and Cindy are great, I have donated several games to the museum, including a Kiss that had been thru 2 fires, he has it up and running and is ready to put a NOS playfield on it.
 
2013-01-10 08:57:47 PM

fat boy: zerkalo: When in Seattle, visit the Pinball Museum

A small entrance fee gets you free play on dozens of classic machines!

Charlie and Cindy are great, I have donated several games to the museum, including a Kiss that had been thru 2 fires, he has it up and running and is ready to put a NOS playfield on it.


Kick ass! I gotta get back there, it's been too long
wrists should just have healed up from the last trip
 
2013-01-10 09:33:33 PM
Pinball Arcade for the Xbox360 is surprisingly good. I have Medieval Madness, Tales of Arabian Nights, Theater of Magic (my favorite), Fun House, Ripley's Believe it or Not, etc. You can also download some classic tables like Gorgar and Black Knight. The table physics are amazing and the realism is top notch. I encourage anybody who's a pinball nut to download the free demo. Link
 
2013-01-10 09:55:20 PM
Revolutionized Pinball? By making just another pinball machine?

So the plan to revive pinball is by making just another pinball machine? Same old, no huge differences?

Ya, sounds like a great plan to go bankrupt
 
2013-01-10 09:59:21 PM

wookiemonster: He's smartly realized that there is a market for new collectible pins, despite the high price. I paid about $2,000 for a Twilight Zone pinball about ten years ago. Now they're selling for $8,000. And it's not just because they're now collectibles, it's because they don't make good pinball games anymore. Stern has made some good games in the past ten years, but most of the games are commercial tie in crap..


Ugh, stupid pinball machine prices. Back when I didn't have enough money to blow on one, they were cheap enough that I could reasonably dream of someday owning an Addams Family and a Junkyard, and maybe even a third one, but now that I'm making decent money the farking things tripled in price so they're out of reach again.

I just want a goddamn Addams Family machine. I'd settle for just that.

/ Me and 100,000 other people.
 
2013-01-10 10:08:35 PM
There's a pinball expo in Michigan every year. Admission price gets you unlimited play. I go for Haunted House pinball
 
2013-01-11 04:13:30 AM

oh_please: It was way cool to play the old games I remember from former years...just don't expect them to be effectively playable.The Taxi has only one problem, the jackpot display is out. All ramps and the spinout are original and in excellent shape. Am still thinking about a new playfield. Flash has all new Rottondog boards and displays. Flippers need rebuilding as most system 6 machines do. Wizard and C.F. I bought in 1980. Twin Win was given to me, and I just picked up Klondike last month.If you haven't already, check out r/pinball on Reddit. There are some people there that may be able to help you with those, or at least point you in the right direction.


You should definitely give Retro Gaming Roundup a listen. Many of the shows have segments on restoring arcade and pinball machines, plus the forum is a fantastic place to ask any technical questions.
 
2013-01-11 07:37:33 AM
WOZ looks good. Many of the Stern games strike me as weak. Why the hell are they still putting black rubbers on games? They just dirty up playfields.

I was spoiled rotten. A friend had a biatchin' gameroom and we had some awesome pins. We'd get them, fix them, shop them, play the crap out of them, sell them and get some more. Mostly Williams, a few Bally's. My first shop was Fish Tales... Black Knight, Comet, Funhouse, High Speed (both), Taxi, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Playboy, Gorgar, Theatre of Magic, Cirqus Voltaire, Star Wars Episode One...

Good times...
 
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