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(Yahoo)   ♫Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball. From Soho down to Brighton I must have played them all.♫   (ca.games.yahoo.com) divider line 24
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2013-04-07 09:58:20 PM  
Some of the art for these things were just trippy
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2013-04-07 10:21:07 PM  
I have SO got to go there.
Black Knight, I will PWN you!
 
2013-04-07 10:28:20 PM  
I want to go there, too!

/has been to Soho and Brighton
 
2013-04-07 10:53:55 PM  
Dropped many a dime in the slot. Good times.
 
2013-04-07 11:57:53 PM  
Good to see another one of these places doing well. I enjoy the various pinball-like re-productions on the consoles, like The Gottlieb Collection on the Gamecube and Microsoft Pinball Arcade.
 
2013-04-08 12:37:01 AM  
This is my 50th greenlight!!!
 
2013-04-08 01:25:30 AM  

real_headhoncho: Some of the art for these things were just trippy
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I was just at the Michigan Pinball Expo on Saturday, and I met the guy who did that art, as well as many other machines.  He had a huge quantity of non-pinball related artwork with him too, but frankly, everything was like staring at Picasso work, except for the Pinball stuff which was all really good.  (he did the entire Pinbot series, as well as about a half dozen others that I can't remember now)

Also, the place was ---packed---.  Lines 4 and 5 people deep for practically every game.  One of the oldies, a 1971-ish machine, went up in smoke from all the activity, which was pretty interesting to see, although frightening a bit .. (smoke started pouring out into the playfield, and the horrific smell of ancient circuitry burning)

The new Wizard of Oz and Predator creations from Jersey Jack and Skit.B pinball respectively had constant big lines, too.  The Wizard of Oz has just a bit -too much- crap on the playfield for my tastes, but I hope/expect they will tone it down a little bit for their next game (The Hobbit), and I really think they're going to have a few winners on their hands.  Predator is quite simplistic, somewhat older technology, but looks like they really love creating it as well, and should be very fun. I didn't get a chance to play Predator, I did get a couple of games in on Wizard of Oz, but it really takes me at least 10 games on a new machine before I'm particularly comfortable with it.   Which led to me not having near as much fun in a room full of farking amazing pinball machines, because there were lines at all of them, and i couldn't sit and play one several times in a row to get it's feel.
 
2013-04-08 03:11:07 AM  
In my youth, under the age of 11, my best friend's mother owned a bar and grill. She would, every now and then, take us to work with her. There were three pinball machines there. She worked pouring drinks and cooking food and feeding us coins to play the machines. My buddy and I reached a point where we would get a few quarters and play those machines to the point that we were tired of playing pinball. My favorite machine there was the Bally Mata Hari:

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2013-04-08 07:06:05 AM  
Shut up, dumbass.

I said, SHUT UP, DUMBASS!!

HEY! LOOK AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU, MOTHERFARKER!
 
2013-04-08 07:57:29 AM  

Philbb: In my youth, under the age of 11, my best friend's mother owned a bar and grill. She would, every now and then, take us to work with her. There were three pinball machines there. She worked pouring drinks and cooking food and feeding us coins to play the machines. My buddy and I reached a point where we would get a few quarters and play those machines to the point that we were tired of playing pinball. My favorite machine there was the Bally Mata Hari:

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CSB: The local bowling alley had Mata Hari and my friends and I would play that game for hours and then give it over with 50 games to some 'kid' (we were around 14 or 15) so we could go outside and smoke.  Good times.
 
2013-04-08 08:06:32 AM  

real_headhoncho: This is my 50th greenlight!!!


Have a cookie


Now I have Pinball Wizard stuck in my head.

/loves The Who!
 
2013-04-08 08:08:02 AM  
I was watching discovery/science the other night and they had an autistic young man who masters in trajectories.  I missed the first 10 minutes or so.  A few minutes in to watching, they said the technical term for his condition: autistic pinball savant.  First thing I thought was why not just call it "Tommy".
 
2013-04-08 09:02:39 AM  
Cost a whole nickle when I was a kid.
 
2013-04-08 09:08:13 AM  
There is a all-pinball arcade here in Austin called, whatelse, Pinballz Arcade.  Always is packed, and has pretty much every one of the great classic machines your can think of.

It's like walking though history at times.  You can see how the game evolved from analog scoring and such all the way to modern, ramp and digital gimmick filled machines.
 
2013-04-08 09:17:07 AM  

vudukungfu: Cost a whole nickle when I was a kid.


What were produce prices like?
 
2013-04-08 09:54:12 AM  
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2013-04-08 10:19:03 AM  
Fiorello La Guardia, who served as mayor of New York City from 1934 to 1945, banned pinball machines and made quite a show of destroying them with baseball bats.

Well I don't know about you guys, but I am totally shocked that any mayor of New York would ban anything!
 
2013-04-08 10:45:41 AM  
Pinballz in Austin, like Antimatter was mentioning. I stop in there any chance I get. Everything in there is for sale and they get in new machines regularily. I'm super stoked they have my favorite one in there now. Time to sell some of my Circuit City and Borders stock and buy that machine.
 
2013-04-08 10:53:15 AM  
Wonder if I could get a job there?

/I love working on those old machines
 
2013-04-08 11:11:29 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, I humbly submit for your consideration... The Big Bang Bar

http://www.flippers.be/pinball/capcom/bigbangbar/bigbangbar.html

My friend had one of the 14 released and it was a blast to play. Especially with the ramp shot where if you missed, the tube dancer would moan to urge you on. "A little more to the left...." "Harder!"

/unfortunately, my pal had to sell the machine.
 
2013-04-08 11:53:54 AM  
I play at the Pacific Pinball Museum on occasion.  It's a really great place and there is no time limit.  There are a few machines they let you look at but not play because they are so old but you can play machines from the '50's.  One of my favorites is what I call the naked machine.  No decorations so you can see all the workings.  The last time they had a video pinball that I played most of the night.  It was kind of like an early Pong machine.  It is well worth several visits.
 
2013-04-08 12:29:04 PM  
Considering that Chicago has long been the capital of pinball manufacturing, it's rather sad that there isn't any pinball arcade/museum that I know of in the area.

I went through lots of quarters at Le Mans Speedway in Lincoln Mall (Matteson, IL) in the mid/late 1970s, when it was mostly pinball. Slowly but surely, video games took over. It became an Aladdin's Castle in the mid-80s, before the mall forced them out circa 1990 or so. Now the mall itself is practically dead, with two of the four wings lopped off.

Future Pinball on my PC gets a fair bit of play from me, though the tables vary widely in quality.
 
2013-04-08 01:22:40 PM  
 
2013-04-08 01:55:25 PM  
I was at the Louisville, KY Pinball expo a month or so ago.  It was awesome and I will keep an eye out for it from now on.

Favorite machines:
- CSI:  I don't watch the show but the whole table was lit very well and you could actually see everything happening.
- Adams Family:  Lots of fun goals and targets (activate electric chair, open vault door, Thing grabbing the ball)
- Star Wars (based on Clone wars movie)  The top of the table (not the backdrop) was a video display that kept changing.  It would have tie fighters swooping around and you actually had to hit the images with the ball.  It was vary captivating.
 
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