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2020-10-17 1:53:32 AM  
Seems legit

/always enjoyed a good pinball table even as a kid the mechanical arcade games were the best ones.
 
2020-10-17 2:16:59 AM  
How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good?
 
2020-10-17 2:52:54 AM  

AlgaeRancher: Seems legit

/always enjoyed a good pinball table even as a kid the mechanical arcade games were the best ones.


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The backglass may have an $100 24" HDTV in it instead of a $200 plasma DMD or set of four $100 8-segment vacuum-fluorescent displays (or their $50 LED replacements) or whatever the inflation-adjusted cost of mechanical score reels from the 50s-70s is, but at its heart, pinball is still mechanical.
 
2020-10-17 3:42:31 AM  

HomoHabilis: How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good?


Who?
 
2020-10-17 5:37:53 AM  

cyberspacedout: HomoHabilis: How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good?

Who?


Kinks
 
2020-10-17 5:48:35 AM  
"Hey, News Director. The General Manager's son owns a place that sells pinball machines. Do a story on it. Tie it into the virus somehow."

When I was a TV reporter I had to do a piece from a local car wash on why it was so important to keep your car clean in the winter, then went back for one about getting your car nice and shiny for spring, then went back for one about how people loved cruising in a clean car on a summer day.

Can you guess what business the station's General Manager owned?
 
2020-10-17 5:52:18 AM  
watches first ten seconds of video; Hey asshole - Cover your farking nose with that mask.
 
2020-10-17 6:12:26 AM  

AlgaeRancher: Seems legit

/always enjoyed a good pinball table even as a kid the mechanical arcade games were the best ones.


It's the mechanical parts that always break.  Like the joysticks on Galaga machines.  I swear the only reason I didn't get the high score is because the joystick wasn't responding properly.

Same thing with that damn trackball on my Centipede machine.  They're fine, I'm just not as good as I was when I was a kid.

I got an e-mail recently trying to sell me a Heavy Metal pinball machine.  It looks sweet.  Unfortunately, they wanted $8000 for it.  Are they freaking kidding?  But you get a free copy of the latest copy of Heavy Metal magazine if you buy it.

I'm not spending $8000 unless I get to meet Taarna in person.
 
2020-10-17 6:15:38 AM  

HomoHabilis: How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good?


Plays by sense of smell
 
2020-10-17 6:26:31 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: "Hey, News Director. The General Manager's son owns a place that sells pinball machines. Do a story on it. Tie it into the virus somehow."

When I was a TV reporter I had to do a piece from a local car wash on why it was so important to keep your car clean in the winter, then went back for one about getting your car nice and shiny for spring, then went back for one about how people loved cruising in a clean car on a summer day.

Can you guess what business the station's General Manager owned?


Meh, cross-selling in business has always been a thing.

If that car wash had a waiting room, guess which channel the TVs there would play.

As for this story, I'm calling BS.
Sure, there are some people who went and bought pinball machines for their homes and to pass the time during pandemics (and I like pinball games for the record, I always had a back for them), but this number is minuscule compared to the number of people who dove back or deeper into video games.
I'm willing even people who took up knitting is at least 100 to 1 compared to people who bought pinball machines, if not even more in orders of magnitude.
 
2020-10-17 6:29:04 AM  
*Ann Margaret covered in baked beans not included.
 
2020-10-17 6:31:42 AM  
Best of all, you don't have to quarantine anymore.  You can invite everyone to your house to be among the comfortable people, drinking all night never sleeping.

/just watch out for Uncle Ernie
 
2020-10-17 6:33:54 AM  

born_yesterday: *Ann Margaret covered in baked beans not included.


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2020-10-17 6:37:30 AM  
I've I've been a pinhead forever and Stern has been cranking out some awesome games lately, but no way their sales have increased 5x. Half of their market, location pinball, has been shutdown for six months or more. Operators don't buy games when they don't have income. Their cheapest game is $6k. They're privately held, so they can say anything they want about sales.

They recently hired the best pinball player on the planet as a game designer. His first three games, Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park and Avengers Infinity Quest are all awesome. If you get a chance to play one, by all means do so.
 
2020-10-17 6:43:28 AM  
Mean headline, submitter
 
2020-10-17 7:21:12 AM  
The Who - Pinball Wizard - Tommy - 1969
Youtube EK33CY68s1w
 
2020-10-17 7:32:43 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: "Hey, News Director. The General Manager's son owns a place that sells pinball machines. Do a story on it. Tie it into the virus somehow."

When I was a TV reporter I had to do a piece from a local car wash on why it was so important to keep your car clean in the winter, then went back for one about getting your car nice and shiny for spring, then went back for one about how people loved cruising in a clean car on a summer day.

Can you guess what business the station's General Manager owned?


He fixes cable?
 
2020-10-17 7:41:29 AM  

cyberspacedout: HomoHabilis: How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good?

Who?


You're starting to sound like an owl, Skippy.
 
2020-10-17 7:43:21 AM  

Gordon Bennett: cyberspacedout: HomoHabilis: How do you think he does it? I don't know. What makes him so good?

Who?

You're starting to sound like an owl, Skippy.


Slappy Squirrel - Who's on stage
Youtube HzOzLPP5EOE
 
2020-10-17 7:44:12 AM  

phishrace: I've I've been a pinhead forever and Stern has been cranking out some awesome games lately, but no way their sales have increased 5x. Half of their market, location pinball, has been shutdown for six months or more. Operators don't buy games when they don't have income. Their cheapest game is $6k. They're privately held, so they can say anything they want about sales.

They recently hired the best pinball player on the planet as a game designer. His first three games, Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park and Avengers Infinity Quest are all awesome. If you get a chance to play one, by all means do so.


If there ARE any jumps in sales, I'd attribute that to the used machines market with whatever arcades or business that host these machines closing down or selling off stuff.
 
2020-10-17 8:32:17 AM  

My Sober Alt: Same thing with that damn trackball on my Centipede machine. They're fine, I'm just not as good as I was when I was a kid.


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Two rolls of quarters and you'll feel like a kid again: https://www.arcadeshop.com/i/16/2-tra​c​kball-rebuild-kit-atari-happ.htm
 
2020-10-17 8:38:41 AM  
Side effects may also include supple wrists.
 
2020-10-17 8:41:47 AM  

Xanlexian: born_yesterday: *Ann Margaret covered in baked beans not included.

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Beanies?
Weenies...
 
2020-10-17 9:08:07 AM  
Playing pinball?  Maybe associated with loss of taste, too.
 
2020-10-17 9:08:58 AM  
I wonder if they have a duck hunter version?
 
2020-10-17 9:23:26 AM  

Twilight Farkle: My Sober Alt: Same thing with that damn trackball on my Centipede machine. They're fine, I'm just not as good as I was when I was a kid.

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Two rolls of quarters and you'll feel like a kid again: https://www.arcadeshop.com/i/16/2-trac​kball-rebuild-kit-atari-happ.htm


And hey, Snow White's Ball only cost $9.95

https://www.arcadeshop.com/i/13/2-sno​w​-white-ball.htm
 
2020-10-17 10:13:01 AM  
When I was a kid, there was a machine I could play all day for 10 cents. I knew every bounce. This was also before they put that little piece of wire under the flippers, so if the ball went down the side, I could hold the flipper up and bounce the ball back into play.
 
2020-10-17 10:30:25 AM  
Can confirm (anecdotally).

I've taken my son to Southern Fried Gaming Expo the past few years. It's an annual event where private owners bring their pinball machines and arcade games and set up a huge arcade in a hotel convention center. Since this year's event was cancelled, I decided to bring a bit of the experience home and bought my first pinball  machine.

I started talking to distributors back in June, and they all reported spikes in demand due to people being stuck at home.

Here's what I went with -

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2020-10-17 10:47:15 AM  
While I would love a pinball machine, I also know that I would get annoyed with maintenance.

Instead I need a retro arcade. I can fix those.
 
2020-10-17 10:53:01 AM  
Huh, that's a twist.
 
2020-10-17 11:27:32 AM  

GenghisX: Can confirm (anecdotally).

I've taken my son to Southern Fried Gaming Expo the past few years. It's an annual event where private owners bring their pinball machines and arcade games and set up a huge arcade in a hotel convention center. Since this year's event was cancelled, I decided to bring a bit of the experience home and bought my first pinball  machine.

I started talking to distributors back in June, and they all reported spikes in demand due to people being stuck at home.

Here's what I went with -

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You've made a good choice.

I'm not even a pinball person, but that is a really fun one.
 
2020-10-17 11:38:51 AM  

phishrace: I've I've been a pinhead forever and Stern has been cranking out some awesome games lately, but no way their sales have increased 5x. Half of their market, location pinball, has been shutdown for six months or more. Operators don't buy games when they don't have income. Their cheapest game is $6k. They're privately held, so they can say anything they want about sales.

They recently hired the best pinball player on the planet as a game designer. His first three games, Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park and Avengers Infinity Quest are all awesome. If you get a chance to play one, by all means do so.


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/Yes, it's awesome.
 
2020-10-17 11:46:31 AM  
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2020-10-17 11:58:54 AM  

someonelse: Side effects may also include supple wrists.


I'm glad they don't ask about that symptom in my employer's daily health screening.
 
2020-10-17 12:51:24 PM  
Well played subby.
 
2020-10-17 2:57:33 PM  
Though somehow, I'm not sure that '21 is gonna be a good year. Especially if Trump and me see it in together.
 
2020-10-17 4:19:22 PM  

Twilight Farkle: My Sober Alt: Same thing with that damn trackball on my Centipede machine. They're fine, I'm just not as good as I was when I was a kid.

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Two rolls of quarters and you'll feel like a kid again: https://www.arcadeshop.com/i/16/2-trac​kball-rebuild-kit-atari-happ.htm


I'll keep that in mind, but my controls are fine for now.  I was thinking more of machines I've played in public that were basically broken.  Blaming the hardware is just an excuse that most of the time you can take to mean I just screwed up

Usually, I just mutter something like "Well, I walked right into that" and that's usually the truth.
 
2020-10-17 4:44:47 PM  

phishrace: I've I've been a pinhead forever and Stern has been cranking out some awesome games lately, but no way their sales have increased 5x. Half of their market, location pinball, has been shutdown for six months or more. Operators don't buy games when they don't have income. Their cheapest game is $6k. They're privately held, so they can say anything they want about sales.

They recently hired the best pinball player on the planet as a game designer. His first three games, Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park and Avengers Infinity Quest are all awesome. If you get a chance to play one, by all means do so.


I've wanted one for a long time.   They just seem expensive and if I'm going to shell out money for one, I want one with a theme I really like.

Check this out:


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I thought that was a high score instead of a price.  Sell the "topper" for a million dollars and suddenly $6500 doesn't sound like too much for the machine.

I can maybe spend $500.  I'm probably not going to get anything I really want for that.  If I get one, I feel like I should look for something used that might need some minor repairs, but that might just be opening a huge can of worms and soon find myself in over my head.

I know a guy who has this machine:

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That would be perfect for me.  It doesn't have to be new or modern or even have a lot of gimmicks.
 
2020-10-17 4:48:29 PM  

doomsdayaddams: Though somehow, I'm not sure that '21 is gonna be a good year. Especially if Trump and me see it in together.


So you're hoping to spend it with Uncle Ernie Creepy Joe?
 
2020-10-17 5:21:11 PM  

My Sober Alt: phishrace: I've I've been a pinhead forever and Stern has been cranking out some awesome games lately, but no way their sales have increased 5x. Half of their market, location pinball, has been shutdown for six months or more. Operators don't buy games when they don't have income. Their cheapest game is $6k. They're privately held, so they can say anything they want about sales.

They recently hired the best pinball player on the planet as a game designer. His first three games, Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park and Avengers Infinity Quest are all awesome. If you get a chance to play one, by all means do so.

I've wanted one for a long time.   They just seem expensive and if I'm going to shell out money for one, I want one with a theme I really like.

Check this out:


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I thought that was a high score instead of a price.  Sell the "topper" for a million dollars and suddenly $6500 doesn't sound like too much for the machine.

I can maybe spend $500.  I'm probably not going to get anything I really want for that.  If I get one, I feel like I should look for something used that might need some minor repairs, but that might just be opening a huge can of worms and soon find myself in over my head.

I know a guy who has this machine:

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That would be perfect for me.  It doesn't have to be new or modern or even have a lot of gimmicks.


I still have a copy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinball​_​Construction_Set at my parents' house. I'd settle for less than $500, but you gotta supply your own Apple II-series with 5.25" drive.
 
2020-10-17 7:52:20 PM  

Prof. Frink: My Sober Alt: phishrace: I've I've been a pinhead forever and Stern has been cranking out some awesome games lately, but no way their sales have increased 5x. Half of their market, location pinball, has been shutdown for six months or more. Operators don't buy games when they don't have income. Their cheapest game is $6k. They're privately held, so they can say anything they want about sales.

They recently hired the best pinball player on the planet as a game designer. His first three games, Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park and Avengers Infinity Quest are all awesome. If you get a chance to play one, by all means do so.

I've wanted one for a long time.   They just seem expensive and if I'm going to shell out money for one, I want one with a theme I really like.

Check this out:


[Fark user image image 850x556]

I thought that was a high score instead of a price.  Sell the "topper" for a million dollars and suddenly $6500 doesn't sound like too much for the machine.

I can maybe spend $500.  I'm probably not going to get anything I really want for that.  If I get one, I feel like I should look for something used that might need some minor repairs, but that might just be opening a huge can of worms and soon find myself in over my head.

I know a guy who has this machine:

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That would be perfect for me.  It doesn't have to be new or modern or even have a lot of gimmicks.

I still have a copy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinball_​Construction_Set at my parents' house. I'd settle for less than $500, but you gotta supply your own Apple II-series with 5.25" drive.


I would pay $500 for a working Apple ][.  I probably have a copy of that in my box full of floppies - if they're still readable.
 
2020-10-17 10:54:04 PM  

My Sober Alt: I would pay $500 for a working Apple ][. I probably have a copy of that in my box full of floppies - if they're still readable.


Fleabay is your friend.

Going rate on eBay for Apple ][ ][+ //e seems to be $100-300 and maybe $50ish for a monitor. Plus $50ish for shipping.

And I'll bet the floppies are readable.

And if they aren't, there are modern solutions (https://applesaucefdc.com/) to the problem of reading old floppies and/or rewriting them from disk images.
 
6 days ago  

gar1013: doomsdayaddams: Though somehow, I'm not sure that '21 is gonna be a good year. Especially if Trump and me see it in together.

So you're hoping to spend it with Uncle Ernie Creepy Joe?


At this point, I'd take Nixon, dead or alive, over Wussolini.
 
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