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2013-02-21 09:47:22 AM
Dibs on the Twilight Zone and Whirlwind machines!
 
2013-02-21 09:50:01 AM
Addams Family, please.

"GREEEEED !!!"
 
2013-02-21 09:52:44 AM
pleasepleaseplease come to Indianapolis....

/if we're taking dibs, I get Theater of Magic and Black Knight 2000
 
2013-02-21 09:53:59 AM

Life_is_a_carnivore: Addams Family, please.

"GREEEEED !!!"


That and the Simpsons one are my two all time favorites.

I really hope they come to San Francisco.
 
2013-02-21 09:54:50 AM
Oh and I looked into buying an Addams Family one a few years back, and couldn't find one under $12k. Simpsons one was even more, about $18kish if I remember.

/sadface
/does not own a pinball machine yet
 
2013-02-21 09:54:56 AM
Fortunately, there's a pretty sweet one in Vegas.

http://www.pinballmuseum.org/

We now have an arcade bar here in Atlanta.  Not like Dave and Buster's, but like a hipster bar with old Bad Dudes, Rampage, Street Fighter II, pinball, and $2 24 oz. Genesee.  All games $.25 a play.

Yeah, yeah, rage on the hipsters all you want, but you know this sounds fun.
 
2013-02-21 09:55:31 AM
Hmm, since TZ is taken, I'll take the ST:TNG and South Park machines.
 
2013-02-21 09:57:45 AM
Tommy will not be disappointed.
 
2013-02-21 09:59:00 AM
They ought to get in touch the the National Museum of Play, I'm sure they'd love to add pinball to their already huge video game history exhibit.
 
2013-02-21 10:04:30 AM
They got tired of having to reset the building every time someone bumped into the ticket counter.
 
2013-02-21 10:18:12 AM

Rapmaster2000: We now have an arcade bar here in Atlanta


There are two of these in Chicago now.  Totally old school.  I love them.

I hope they get Dragon's Lair, because my bucket list includes beating that game in its original arcade format (as opposed to Xbox).
 
2013-02-21 10:18:54 AM

Starhawk: pleasepleaseplease come to Indianapolis....

/if we're taking dibs, I get Theater of Magic and Black Knight 2000


Oh, HELL yes

/loved that one
 
2013-02-21 10:19:36 AM
TILT... TILT... TILT...
 
2013-02-21 10:26:19 AM
Last time I checked it was too expensive to play there.  I just went to Crab Towne USA in Glen Burnie for my Whirlwind and Adams Family needs.
 
2013-02-21 10:34:33 AM

Guelph35: Hmm, since TZ is taken, I'll take the ST:TNG and South Park machines.


Claiming Earth shaker and Black Knight
 
2013-02-21 10:39:46 AM

Guelph35: Hmm, since TZ is taken, I'll take the ST:TNG and South Park machines.


Damn you!
Favorite pinball evar.

Need more quality android pinball sims, Zen Pinball is the only one worth playing.
Considering how many emulators there are out there for consoles someone needs to transition Visual Pinball to android.
 
2013-02-21 10:43:04 AM

Trivia Jockey: Rapmaster2000: We now have an arcade bar here in Atlanta

There are two of these in Chicago now.  Totally old school.  I love them.

I hope they get Dragon's Lair, because my bucket list includes beating that game in its original arcade format (as opposed to Xbox).


My friend in Chicago linked on Facebook the other day to a place that had a bowling alley and pinball.  I can't find the link now.  Anyway, he's in Uptown but I don't think it was in his neighborhood.

Anyway, I saw in a pic they have Addams's Family pinball.  Planning a vacation this summer to Chicago.   Need to play Addam's Family.
 
2013-02-21 10:54:32 AM
There is one in Seattle. For $10 you can play all you want from 6 to 9 hours depending on the day of the week.
 
2013-02-21 11:00:22 AM
 
2013-02-21 11:05:08 AM

doczoidberg: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pinball+hall+of+fame&layer=c&z=17&sll=3 6 .101354,-115.130560&cid=1617561838023066819&panoid=xSIGlbJ8XH2ChYY2vK7 -sQ&cbp=13,0.85018488039751783,,0,0&hl=en&ved=0CBEQ2wU&sa=X&ei=SLrcUL7 4IMOAxgGy_oDQCg

You wanna see something cool?

Go to the above link.


Been there.  Need to go back again on a future Vegas trip.
 
2013-02-21 11:13:38 AM

Starhawk: pleasepleaseplease come to Indianapolis....

/if we're taking dibs, I get Theater of Magic and Black Knight 2000


THIS.  The dearth of pinball here is shameful

Lady Indica: Life_is_a_carnivore: Addams Family, please.

"GREEEEED !!!"

That and the Simpsons one are my two all time favorites.

I really hope they come to San Francisco.


The Pacific Museum of Pinball in Alameda is pretty sweet.
 
2013-02-21 11:19:26 AM
Hey, if any of you Farkers ever gets the idea to open a place like this, I have a lot of experience repairing and maintaining pinball machines

/I love the damned things inside and out
 
2013-02-21 11:37:07 AM
Dibs times infinity on The Machine: Bride of Pinbot.

/Pinball arcade FTW.
 
2013-02-21 12:07:47 PM

doczoidberg: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pinball+hall+of+fame&layer=c&z=17&sll=3 6 .101354,-115.130560&cid=1617561838023066819&panoid=xSIGlbJ8XH2ChYY2vK7 -sQ&cbp=13,0.85018488039751783,,0,0&hl=en&ved=0CBEQ2wU&sa=X&ei=SLrcUL7 4IMOAxgGy_oDQCg

You wanna see something cool?

Go to the above link.


*reads*

"All machines are available for play, so not only can you see them, you can actually play your old favorites."

*plans pilgrimmage*
 
2013-02-21 12:33:04 PM

Guelph35: South Park machines.


I've got a SP. Love it because it's so irreverent, even though it came out after only a season and a half of the show. Hearing Chef on there makes me sad.

This is the only pic I have in muh bukkit:

i521.photobucket.com

"Hello there, children!"
"Hey Chef!"
"Kick the baby!"

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Hey, if any of you Farkers ever gets the idea to open a place like this, I have a lot of experience repairing and maintaining pinball machines

/I love the damned things inside and out


I'm right there with ya. I love working on them. They're so big and complex, yet simple in theory. Not to mention an absolute work of art.
Last one I took down to the bare wood was a Mario Andretti.
 
2013-02-21 12:34:11 PM

Stitch Jones: Starhawk: pleasepleaseplease come to Indianapolis....

/if we're taking dibs, I get Theater of Magic and Black Knight 2000

THIS.  The dearth of pinball here is shameful

Lady Indica: Life_is_a_carnivore: Addams Family, please.

"GREEEEED !!!"

That and the Simpsons one are my two all time favorites.

I really hope they come to San Francisco.

The Pacific Museum of Pinball in Alameda is pretty sweet.


One of my favorite places.
 
2013-02-21 12:34:14 PM

Rapmaster2000: We now have an arcade bar here in Atlanta.


Name and location please.
 
2013-02-21 12:48:43 PM
Ooh, dibs on Gorgar and Hercules
 
2013-02-21 01:10:27 PM

doczoidberg: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pinball+hall+of+fame&layer=c&z=17&sll=3 6 .101354,-115.130560&cid=1617561838023066819&panoid=xSIGlbJ8XH2ChYY2vK7 -sQ&cbp=13,0.85018488039751783,,0,0&hl=en&ved=0CBEQ2wU&sa=X&ei=SLrcUL7 4IMOAxgGy_oDQCg

You wanna see something cool?

Go to the above link.


Awesome!  And there's a disinterested FAT GUY at the end!
 
2013-02-21 01:32:34 PM
I want Fireball and Haunted House. Those were my faves. I definitely remember Black Knight 2000 also.

/Oh yeah, High Speed. I need that one.

//Really, I just want a basic old-school one with a dial scoreboard that accepts 4 players.
 
2013-02-21 01:52:50 PM

Guelph35: Hmm, since TZ is taken, I'll take the ST:TNG and South Park machines.


Dibs on Pinbot
 
2013-02-21 01:53:41 PM
Find a local Arcade Expo to go to if there's one near you.
There's one in Louisville, KY coming up in the next month. www.arcaderx.com
There's another one in Nashville, TN some other time during the year.
There's always a bunch of pinball machines there.

Trivia Jockey: I hope they get Dragon's Lair, because my bucket list includes beating that game in its original arcade format (as opposed to Xbox).


There was one of those at the Louisville Expo last year.  I crossed that one off my list then.  I hope that guy brings it back this year.  So fun...
 
2013-02-21 02:06:28 PM
Dibs on Xenon and Medieval Madness.
 
2013-02-21 02:08:28 PM

Stitch Jones: Starhawk: pleasepleaseplease come to Indianapolis....

/if we're taking dibs, I get Theater of Magic and Black Knight 2000

THIS.  The dearth of pinball here is shameful

Lady Indica: Life_is_a_carnivore: Addams Family, please.

"GREEEEED !!!"

That and the Simpsons one are my two all time favorites.

I really hope they come to San Francisco.

The Pacific Museum of Pinball in Alameda is pretty sweet.


It's a little pricey, and kinda small, but yeah.  Also, the heart and dagger in Oakland has three machines going at any given time..  Right now it's Junkyard, Arabian Knights, and Attack from Mars.

Pissed when the operator swapped out Medieval Madness.
 
2013-02-21 02:18:23 PM

bark_atda_moon: Last time I checked it was too expensive to play there.  I just went to Crab Towne USA in Glen Burnie for my Whirlwind and Adams Family needs.


It really wasn't that expensive, anyone that can spend more than 4 hours doing nothing but playing pinball shouldn't have any trouble paying the $18. That said, Crabtowne has a good selection and you get the feel of putting quarters in a machine, instead of just swiping a card.

Also, for everyone who keeps saying "Come to <city>!", the guy that owns the museum also owns a landscaping company in the Silver Spring area. So if it moves anywhere, it will be in the Baltimore/DC area. Maybe NOVA, but I doubt he can get a cheaper space there then he could here.

I know a lot about the behind-the-scenes stuff that went on there because a good friend of mine was a well-respected volunteer there since it moved to Baltimore. Unfortunately, it was still massively underwater since being kicked out of DC. He had just paid a ton of money to re-paint the place and had loans for getting the place when their lease was revoked because some jerk decided he could make more money selling condos. The space in Baltimore wasn't the best location for a pinball museum (4 smaller floors, only 3 of which ever "opened") with not a lot of foot traffic. I also heard (and this might just have been from jealousy) that it wasn't managed very well from a business perspective, but the owner couldn't bring himself to fire the manager.

I'm glad I got to go to this place while it was open; it was really cool and I learned a lot about pinball. I also got to play some very rare machines including Big Bang Bar. If you like pinball, you should look up the history of this machine, it's a great story and a great game to play. He had the only one (out of 13 known original machines) that could pay out like a slot machine. Last I heard he had a standing offer of $40k for it, but could easily get more. I'll be sad to see it go, and I really hope that it comes back somewhere else, but I doubt it ever will.
 
2013-02-21 03:28:40 PM

doczoidberg: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pinball+hall+of+fame&layer=c&z=17&sll=3 6 .101354,-115.130560&cid=1617561838023066819&panoid=xSIGlbJ8XH2ChYY2vK7 -sQ&cbp=13,0.85018488039751783,,0,0&hl=en&ved=0CBEQ2wU&sa=X&ei=SLrcUL7 4IMOAxgGy_oDQCg

You wanna see something cool?

Go to the above link.


Figures that even though the place is almost empty, there's a dude playing my favorite Monopoly machine.  *sigh*

I suppose I can save up the $4-5000 to get my own.  Though I'd really like to get a hold of the old "Advance To Boardwalk" slot machines that had a lot of the same elements... but a quick Googlin' tells me that the manufacturer destroyed them as they came off lease.  Oh well.
 
2013-02-21 03:41:17 PM

exparrot: Need more quality android pinball sims, Zen Pinball is the only one worth playing.
Considering how many emulators there are out there for consoles someone needs to transition Visual Pinball to android.


Pinball Arcade by Far Sight Studios.

Can't speak for the Android version, but the IOS version is pretty good. You get full use of Tales of the Arabian Nights just for downloading, and can buy additional tables for a couple of bucks each. Worth checking out.
 
2013-02-21 04:07:18 PM
I call dibs on Stargate and Indiana Jones.

/I'm a pinball wizard
//with such a supple wrist
 
2013-02-21 05:04:25 PM
This sucks. I've been meaning to go there since it's not that far away from me, but figured I'd have time. Oh well, I 'll still have Crabtowne in Glen Burnie for pinball and arcade gaming. And beer.
 
2013-02-21 05:08:25 PM
Oh, and dibs on Doctor Who and Super Mario Bros!
 
2013-02-21 05:26:45 PM

Uzzah: exparrot: Need more quality android pinball sims, Zen Pinball is the only one worth playing.
Considering how many emulators there are out there for consoles someone needs to transition Visual Pinball to android.

Pinball Arcade by Far Sight Studios.

Can't speak for the Android version, but the IOS version is pretty good. You get full use of Tales of the Arabian Nights just for downloading, and can buy additional tables for a couple of bucks each. Worth checking out.


Speaking as a giant pinball wonk, the Android version is like crack to me. I've bought practically every table they've released and they're always a blast to play... the next best thing to hopping on a train for the Silverball Museum.
 
2013-02-21 06:17:40 PM
Well jeez ... that's gonna put the dude on American Restoration out of business, too.
 
2013-02-21 06:21:30 PM
As was said, both Pinball Arcade and Zen Pinball are great alternatives to not having anywhere to play. Zens tables are all made up, while TPA has all real tables. My only problem with TPA is the publisher for the xbox version went bankrupt, and we havent gotten new tables in months :(

Also, next week Zen is releasing the first pack of Star Wars tables that look pretty slick.
 
2013-02-21 08:14:21 PM
Xenon.  Suzanne Ciani  became the first human female voice in a game and gave me boners for $0.25.
 
2013-02-21 08:55:08 PM

Rapmaster2000: Fortunately, there's a pretty sweet one in Vegas.

http://www.pinballmuseum.org/

We now have an arcade bar here in Atlanta.  Not like Dave and Buster's, but like a hipster bar with old Bad Dudes, Rampage, Street Fighter II, pinball, and $2 24 oz. Genesee.  All games $.25 a play.

Yeah, yeah, rage on the hipsters all you want, but you know this sounds fun.


where?!
 
2013-02-21 09:22:22 PM
I'll take Kiss.
 
2013-02-21 09:27:57 PM
If no one minds, I'll claim CFTBL and Playboy (1977? version please).

/stop talking and start chalking
 
2013-02-21 11:44:02 PM
I'll put in my kudos to Pinball Arcade for some awesome nostalgia.
 
2013-02-22 12:04:25 AM
Maybe if the games worked - just saying.

I was there last 4th of July, and it was awesome the nostalgia of playing all the games I played as a kid.

But they need to work, if you are going to charge people to play them.
 
2013-02-22 12:17:09 AM

Johnstarr: bark_atda_moon: Last time I checked it was too expensive to play there.  I just went to Crab Towne USA in Glen Burnie for my Whirlwind and Adams Family needs.

It really wasn't that expensive, anyone that can spend more than 4 hours doing nothing but playing pinball shouldn't have any trouble paying the $18. That said, Crabtowne has a good selection and you get the feel of putting quarters in a machine, instead of just swiping a card.

Also, for everyone who keeps saying "Come to <city>!", the guy that owns the museum also owns a landscaping company in the Silver Spring area. So if it moves anywhere, it will be in the Baltimore/DC area. Maybe NOVA, but I doubt he can get a cheaper space there then he could here.

I know a lot about the behind-the-scenes stuff that went on there because a good friend of mine was a well-respected volunteer there since it moved to Baltimore. Unfortunately, it was still massively underwater since being kicked out of DC. He had just paid a ton of money to re-paint the place and had loans for getting the place when their lease was revoked because some jerk decided he could make more money selling condos. The space in Baltimore wasn't the best location for a pinball museum (4 smaller floors, only 3 of which ever "opened") with not a lot of foot traffic. I also heard (and this might just have been from jealousy) that it wasn't managed very well from a business perspective, but the owner couldn't bring himself to fire the manager.

I'm glad I got to go to this place while it was open; it was really cool and I learned a lot about pinball. I also got to play some very rare machines including Big Bang Bar. If you like pinball, you should look up the history of this machine, it's a great story and a great game to play. He had the only one (out of 13 known original machines) that could pay out like a slot machine. Last I heard he had a standing offer of $40k for it, but could easily get more. I'll be sad to see it go, and I really hope that ...


I made it to this museum a couple of years back in Georgetown and Big Bang Bar is probably my favorite game of all time. I'll be lucky to every play it again. Lots of fun and really funny sex humor. They also had a unique game that was basically a soccer match. Instead of having a limited number of balls, you were timed and had to score a goal by getting into the net at the top of the table. Similarly, the opposing team got a point each time you lost a ball. It was an interesting variation on the concept and I played that one a lot despite not really liking soccer.
 
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