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(Some E.E)   Ancient pinball machine is salvaged, rebuilt, and given new life as animated wall art. Your man cave wants the Seashore girls   (brainmist.com) divider line 39
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2013-01-21 04:48:09 PM  
What's with the porn music?
 
2013-01-21 06:42:44 PM  
I'd rather have Medieval Maddness.
 
2013-01-21 07:47:53 PM  
Put all the shiatty music behind it you want to, it's not How It's Made without those dulcet Canadian pipes doing the narration.
 
2013-01-21 08:00:09 PM  
That looks older than a 1964 model.
 
2013-01-21 08:01:05 PM  
Dammit, when is the next Pinball Arcade update for Xbox Live, or why don't they release a PC version? I want my Twilight Zone, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and ST:TNG tables!
 
2013-01-21 08:04:57 PM  
Nicely done, that should appeal to any number of boomers who remember the game and have more disposable income than creative know-how. The real fun would be in making something like that.
 
2013-01-21 08:24:47 PM  

sat1va: Dammit, when is the next Pinball Arcade update for Xbox Live, or why don't they release a PC version? I want my Twilight Zone, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and ST:TNG tables!


Have you tried Visual Pinball?
 
2013-01-21 08:28:05 PM  
Not many homes have room for a full-on pinball machine just anywhere... but hanging the scoreboard and/or on a wall and letting it animate as you like, well, now its wall art.
I used to live near the Bally pinball factory as a kid, and Gottlieb machines were everywhere you looked in Chicago. As far as the machine in the linked video, not everybody will immediately recognize just how much effort goes into a rebuild like that. All the mechanical logic and mechanisms for sequencing the lighting had to be replicated in software and programmed into a custom chip. That takes some measure of skill.
 
2013-01-21 08:33:24 PM  
That's not so much porn music as weather channel type needle-drop generic music. "Your local forecast.... the extended forecast... the ski report........"
 
2013-01-21 08:33:59 PM  

Visual Pinball (VP) 8 & 9 + VPinMame (VPM), and/or Future Pinball (FP). They're free. Download 'em. Now.

• VP8 plays tables made with that or any earlier version, while VP9 adds substantial new features including the ability to handle multiple monitors, rotated widescreen, etc. and so can be used in cabinets (several are available professionally made, such as GlobalVR's UltraPin) as well as on your Windows PC. Some older tables won't play properly in VP9, and no VP9-specific table will play in VP8, which is why you need both (yes, both can be safely installed on the same machine).

• VPinMAME ― PinMAME, like other MAMEs, is an emulator for the 8-bit and 16-bit logic boards that were used in arcade machines, in this case, pinball machines. By itself, it just displays the lamps layout and scoreboard and plays the digitized audio for a loaded pinball ROM, and lets you simulate the scoring and other aspects by pressing keys to simulate the ball hitting various switches on the playfield (as well as the operator switches inside the case ― yes, it even simulates Operator Mode!). But VPinMAME is a module that expands upon PinMAME (incorporating it) and connects it to VP which provides great physics simulations, so that when the simulated ball hits simulated switches, it's properly routed via VPinMAME to PinMAME core, which reacts accordingly, lighting the proper simulated lamps on the playfield, playing the proper sounds, etc.

• Future Pinball is a separate program by one of the original creators of VP. He didn't like VPinMAME because it could only be used to do recreations, which he considered a form of piracy, so FP will not work with PinMAME. He went out of his way to make that impossible ― there is no FPinMAME. That said, FP is much more powerful and flexible than VP, but requires more computer HP. It's truly 3D, rather than the tilted-2D simulation of VP ― you can even change the camera angle while a game is playing! Some of the preset camera views even simulate you moving your head around a bit while playing!

Resources where you can get these and lots of tables include:

VP Forums ← A good all-in-one forum for VP, VPM, cabinets which can be made from those, and FP. Lots of resources to download, including an all-in-one installer for VP + VPM.

Pinball Nirvana ← Another great forum, arguably better. Hosts Visual Install Pack, which installs VP 8 & 9 + VPM + fonts, scripts, etc. for you. Also a great place for fans of the real physical machines.

IR Pinball ← A simpler forum that focuses on VP and FP recreations of pinball machines from the electromechanical era and before. Nothing here should require VPinMAME (needed to execute the ROM images for newer solid-state tables from the mid-70s and up), though they do provide download links for that.

Pinball Originals ← Both VP and FP can be used to create virtually any pinball or pinball-like machine available, and there are many out there who use this ability to make their own original pinball simulations, not recreations of existing tables. Ever wanted to play a Dragon Ball Z or Death Note or Bubblegum Crisis: MegaTokyo or Harry Potter or even Mayberry R.F.D. pinball table? They're all here, and many, many more.

Internet Pinball DataBase (IPDB) ← This is to pinball machines what IMDB is to movies and TV shows. Practically every pinball machine ever made has an entry here, complete with photos taken from several angles, etc. For the solid-state ones, ROM images are downloadable which can be used with PinMAME and thus VPinMAME and thus VP+VPM!

To compare: here are photos of the 1976 Gottlieb table "Royal Flush". First, the real thing:

mirror2.ipdb.org

Next, the Visual Pinball recreation available for free from IR Pinball and other sources:
irpinball.org

Finally, the Future Pinball recreation, also available for free from IR Pinball and other sources:
irpinball.org



doglover: I'd rather have Medieval Maddness.


whatsupchuck: sat1va: Dammit, when is the next Pinball Arcade update for Xbox Live, or why don't they release a PC version? I want my Twilight Zone, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and ST:TNG tables!

Have you tried Visual Pinball?


All of those tables and more are available for VP+VPM (several of the more popular ones have been done several times by different VP wizards, so you can choose from several different versions of each!), and the UltraPin cabinet includes Midieval Madness in its list of twelve fully licensed Williams tables.

Also, check out YouTube and search for your favorite pinball table with the keywords "Visual Pinball," "Future Pinball," etc. and you can often find videos of those in action, helping you to decide if you really want them.
 
2013-01-21 08:46:13 PM  
In before Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame. where can play such tables
 
2013-01-21 08:49:39 PM  
Software isn't pinball. Wall art isn't pinball.

Pinball is a physical machine or just buy sn XBox.
 
2013-01-21 08:50:00 PM  

zerkalo: In before Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame. where can play such tables


And it's Seattle cousin
 
2013-01-21 10:19:43 PM  
I never understood the popularity of pinball...Probably because the ball always seems to go right down the middle every time I've played.
 
2013-01-21 10:25:12 PM  

daveb0rg: I never understood the popularity of pinball...Probably because the ball always seems to go right down the middle every time I've played.


Same here.
 
2013-01-21 10:32:12 PM  
It does take a bit of practice. Pinball was a mainstay at the local teen rec center when I was growing up, and once you got the hang of it, you could kill hours with just a quarter or two, even without using any "English" to tilt the machine. It was all about controlling how much force the ball was launched with, and then having patience and good timing with the flippers and fast reactions to either put the flippers UP to catch and hold the ball, then slowly let it roll almost off the end of the flipper and giving it a hard fling right at the collapsing targets....or to slap it away into a new direction to save the ball from going down the center. In some games, once you got certain targets or scores, a pin or shield would actually prevent the ball from going down the center hole for you, and that felt great, like you had super powers. The semi-randomness of the play action, the clatter of the mechanisms, the tactile feedback along with the lights and sound effects, all created a heightened sense of fun and excitement, not unlike the effects from a motion-feedback xbox controller today.
 
2013-01-21 10:45:40 PM  
Had this one for a few years.

home.earthlink.net
 
2013-01-21 10:59:04 PM  
Does it have those lovely relay noises? An electronic pinball table just isn't the same.
 
2013-01-21 11:12:38 PM  
Still the greatest pinball machine of all time
www.pinballnews.com
 
2013-01-21 11:52:12 PM  
Meh...I'd rather have one of these:

i50.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-22 12:15:06 AM  
"Happy days" from 1934 is one of my favorites from the Pacific Pinball Expo

spyhunter007.com
 
2013-01-22 12:18:59 AM  
I wasn't aware that we allowed direct file download links here, it was my understanding that the policies required WEB DRIVEN CONTENT.
 
2013-01-22 12:36:19 AM  
Horse shait.

I love me some old pinball and a far better fate would have been reuse of those great looking parts in a restore of a proper game. (yes, i do assume the electronics hashed and top must have been missing.. but the parts man...)


Noticed a Royal Flush up the thread.. I play one on Tuesday nights. It is parked next to a Charlie's Angels
 
2013-01-22 01:15:55 AM  

prjindigo: I wasn't aware that we allowed direct file download links here, it was my understanding that the policies required WEB DRIVEN CONTENT.


Hurry up now, run and tell mama.
 
2013-01-22 01:17:58 AM  

PacManDreaming: Meh...I'd rather have one of these:

[i50.tinypic.com image 720x480]


What the fark is that? Dr. Theopolis?
 
2013-01-22 01:38:50 AM  

This Face Left Blank: What the fark is that? Dr. Theopolis?


Yep.
 
2013-01-22 01:55:00 AM  

PacManDreaming: This Face Left Blank: What the fark is that? Dr. Theopolis?

Yep.


How random. Nice.
 
2013-01-22 02:31:11 AM  
I have a buddy who got a hold of a busted up pinball machine and refurbished the whole thing himself. Mars Trek from Sonic (circa 1977).

I know another guy who bought a refurbished Theater of Magic for his apartment. That's the most fun I've ever had playing a pinball machine.
 
2013-01-22 02:48:01 AM  
What about protecting the people from the bankers?

You know... since the FBI is supposed to work for the people
 
2013-01-22 02:51:56 AM  
that pin was in great shape. he made a pos toy out of it. that playfield was beautiful. it had all the plastics. the apron was great. even if every bit of the guts was gone that playfield could be a replacement. what were the cab and back box like? did he have those? i bet he didn't. its like finding a beautiful old car without a engine and transmission and you figure the best thing to do with it is fill it with cement and make a flag pole.
 
2013-01-22 03:45:02 AM  
But can it tell Tommy what day it is?
 
2013-01-22 05:32:16 AM  
I never wished for a slide show before now.
 
2013-01-22 07:09:55 AM  
really? this gets greenlit? The guy took an old dead pin, and added a circuit to make it have an attract mode (and do nothing else). Any pinball made after 1980 has an attract mode:
Link

What's impressive is someone taking a beat up pin and spending 100+ hours (touching up worn playfield, fixing dents in cabinet, clearing oxidized metal, repairing broken boards) and getting it back to factory finish (including people like me). There are thousands of other hobbyists that do this everyday, it's the new classic car hobby
 
2013-01-22 11:28:19 AM  

This Face Left Blank: prjindigo: I wasn't aware that we allowed direct file download links here, it was my understanding that the policies required WEB DRIVEN CONTENT.

Hurry up now, run and tell mama.


you troll me, biatch?
 
2013-01-22 01:30:18 PM  

prjindigo: This Face Left Blank: prjindigo: I wasn't aware that we allowed direct file download links here, it was my understanding that the policies required WEB DRIVEN CONTENT.

Hurry up now, run and tell mama.

you troll me, biatch?


lookoutwevegotabadasshere.jpg
 
2013-01-22 02:27:43 PM  

doglover: Software isn't pinball. Wall art isn't pinball.

Pinball is a physical machine or just buy [a]n XBox.


You do know that the XBox pinball sims are still software, don't ya?

Larva Lump: Had this one for a few years.

[Gottlieb Olympus pinball image 352x600]


irpinball.org
Click photo or this text to go to the IR Pinball 1960s page to download the Visual Pinball 8 (or earlier) version of this table.
(VPinMAME is not needed for this nor other tables from that period or before.)


hbk72777: Still the greatest pinball machine of all time
[KISS image 317x500]

irpinball.org
Click photo or this text to go to the IR Pinball 1970s page to download the Visual Pinball 8 (or earlier) version of this table.
There are three different VP versions of this table by three different authors on IR Pinball (and perhaps more on the other sites).
The screenshot is from Eala Dubh's 2002 version.
The other two are from 2006, but don't look as good IMO. They may have better gameplay, though.
(VPinMAME is not needed for this nor most other tables from that period or before.)


mah_bucket: "Happy days" from 1934 is one of my favorites from the Pacific Pinball Expo

irpinball.org
Click photo or this text to go to the IR Pinball 1940-50s page to download the Visual Pinball 8 (or earlier) version of this table.
There are two different VP versions of this table: one done by Robair in 2002, and a modified version thereof by Furio in 2003 (perhaps more on the other sites).
The above screenshot is from Furio's 2003 mod, with improved graphics and backglass display.
(VPinMAME is not needed for this nor other tables from that period.)


vial: Noticed a Royal Flush up the thread.. I play one on Tuesday nights. It is parked next to a Charlie's Angels


That was my post on Visual Pinball (VP), VPinMAME (VPM ― an add-on for VP to allow it to emulate the logic boards of later pinball tables ― it uses actual ROM images which you have to download in addition to the VP tables themselves), and Future Pinball (FP: truly 3D, but cannot use VPM).

I posted three images of Royal Flush: a photo of the playfield of the real McCoy, followed by screenshots of a VP8 version and an FP version. You can download both from IR Pinball (1960s page for the VP version). No VPinMAME nor ROMs needed.

As for Charlie's Angels:
irpinball.org
Click photo or this text to go to the IR Pinball 1970s page to download the Visual Pinball 8 (or earlier) version of this table.
(VPinMAME is not needed for this nor most other tables from that period or before.)


justabitdisturbed: I have a buddy who got a hold of a busted up pinball machine and refurbished the whole thing himself. Mars Trek from Sonic (circa 1977).

irpinball.org
Click photo or this text to go to the IR Pinball 1970s page to download the Visual Pinball 8 (or earlier) version of this table.
(VPinMAME is not needed for this nor most other tables from that period or before.)


I know another guy who bought a refurbished Theater of Magic for his apartment. That's the most fun I've ever had playing a pinball machine.

VP Forums has lots of versions of this, for VP8 and VP9, with VP9 versions available in fullscreen and widescreen for do-it-yourself or kit cabinets, as well as for your PC. It's also one of the tables that comes with UltraPin, a commercial cabinet based on VP + VPinMAME. Since this is a more modern table with logic board and ROMs, you do need VPM (Visual PinMAME aka VPinMAME) and ROM images. Type "Theatre of Magic" into the search box on that site and it will link you to several tables, ROMs, demo videos, etc.

Pinball Nirvana also has a couple versions (which may be on VP Forums as well).
www.pinballnirvana.com
This screenshot is from the VP8 version on Pinball Nirvana.
The VP9 version looks much better, but its screenshot is way too big for FARK.
 
2013-01-22 06:39:14 PM  

prjindigo: I wasn't aware that we allowed direct file download links here, it was my understanding that the policies required WEB DRIVEN CONTENT.



Really. I thought the link had been hijacked.

/let me run this unknown file that's trying to download at a time I am not expecting a file.
 
2013-01-22 07:39:04 PM  
Seconded. This is similar to people who take old classic cars and turn them into couches. If you're going to go to that level of work and detail, restore the damn machine. It'll be just as awesome in attract mode, plus you can actually play the damn thing.
 
2013-01-23 01:00:36 AM  
Personally I like well used OLD tools, hundred plus years.

Used to have a hand forged Scyth with its original stone. Not sure where it ended up after we moved.

It mowed fine. A transistor era pinball machine that can't be played is just a useless table to me.
 
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