Pinball Disappearing from Chuck E. Cheese's?

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    2 years, 2 months ago
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    I know, not the first place you would visit for some arcade action, but I did enjoy playing RCT while I was there with my dad (wouldn't go alone). Now it's gone. I was wondering if this is a corporate decision or just management doing this. Any ideas?


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    The last I was at one, they also had a RCT, but it was in OK shape. Playfield needed cleaning, but everything else seemed to work just fine. I haven't been since then, but I heard it's still there, I just need to go there. The question is: how can I get in by myself without looking like a creeper?


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    local one here had POTC


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    My Chuck E had a TSPP that leaned left 30 degrees.

    Awesome!


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Our Chuck E. had a RFM a few years back.............now gone.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Shrek here. good shape too.

    The_Gorilla said:

    My Chuck E had a TSPP that leaned left 30 degrees.
    Awesome!

    so stick some nickels under the leg and get to work.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Got a Shrek here as well beat to hell though last time I saw it.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    RCT here, poor non playable shape last I heard, left flipper did not even work. I am afraid they are going away


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Got a POTC at the one near me. Clean and plays very well.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Holy crap, RFM would've been awesome. The RCT that was there played great, the only issues were mild dirt, broken Information Kiosk trough switch, and chipped bumper cap. I'll be down there again next weekend and will report if I find anything (and add the place back to the map). Video:

    » YouTube video


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    2 years, 2 months ago
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    We have an Elvis at ours.

    Side note: I went to the movies today and attached to the theater is a huge arcade which used too have an Austin Powers, X Files and South Park. They were not there today.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    I'm going to be off-put if I find Shrek/Elvis/Rolling Stones/etc. down there. I won't be playing if that's the case, I just don't like the titles. Our local theater had a Ripley's the last 2 times I was there but it was turned off. Going back in March to see The Lorax. I hope to find it there and working because it actually looks like a fun game.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    We have a decent POTC at one and an out of order TSPP(which I tried to buy lol) at another. They typically tend to stick them in a corner, so the writing is pretty much on the wall. The only thing that bugs me is that some locations destroy them!!! When I asked an employee, they told me that any old/worn out games get shipped off..


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Crash said:

    I'm going to be off-put if I find Shrek/Elvis/Rolling Stones/etc. down there. I won't be playing if that's the case, I just don't like the titles. Our local theater had a Ripley's the last 2 times I was there but it was turned off. Going back in March to see The Lorax. I hope to find it there and working because it actually looks like a fun game.

    Our local theater had a Ripley's the last 2 times I was there but it was turned off.

    The power switch is under the cabinet


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    So you're basically in the same situation as me yet you still told ME to turn the power on? (kidding, look how your quote is messed up. :P) I didn't, might get a word from the employees. Plus, whenever something blows up on one of our games the person always turns it off for us.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    TSPP at one local CEC, POTC at another. Found a place with a Dale Jr recently, a different chain called Incredible Pizza Co


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    2 years, 2 months ago
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    johns incredible pizza co. in roseville ca. has spiderman and shrek. both clean and playable as of 3 weeks ago. dont know about the house of the rat. the 1 near me closed about 3 months ago.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    mrgone said:

    johns incredible pizza co. in roseville ca. has spiderman and shrek. both clean and playable as of 3 weeks ago. dont know about the house of the rat. the 1 near me closed about 3 months ago.

    That's good to know, I'll have to head up to Roseville one of these days and check it out! Thanks!


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    We had a topic about pinball vs Chuck e cheeses some time before,
    and if I remember someone brought up the idea that when they are done with a pin it gets thrown away?
    So check the dumpster or who ever does the trash removal for C.C. for a pinball score when a game disappears all of a sudden .


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Nascar at ours. they just did a major shop on it and had the DMD replaced. It's fairly popular too. I doubt it's going anywhere.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    HELLODEADCITY said:

    We had a topic about pinball vs Chuck e cheeses some time before,
    and if I remember someone brought up the idea that when they are done with a pin it gets thrown away?
    So check the dumpster or who ever does the trash removal for C.C. for a pinball score when a game disappears all of a sudden .

    I worked there in High school. They most definitely do not throw away old games, they sell them at auction or move them to another store.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    You mean they actually do upkeep on these things? That's surprising.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Anim8ormatt said:

    I worked there in High school. They most definitely do not throw away old games, they sell them at auction or move them to another store.

    well that's good to hear


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    I wouldn't know... I heard the Chuck E. Cheese's around here will not allow you in unless you are with a child. I guess to keep out the Chesters.

    I might feel a little strange hanging out there anyway.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Yeah. Saw the Pedo Police standing outside the bathrooms last time.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    There's a Nascar at the CEC near me

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2a7x3qc.png


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    I was just at a local bowling alley last week and there wasn't even one pin in their arcade.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Our local bowling alley has a Road Show. Actually plays well! The op rotates at least one pin in and out, but always only one at a time. Shrek at the Chuck E Cheese, but RawleyD already chimed in on that.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    I check every CEC when I travel.
    They have RCT, TSPP, Nascar or POTCs.
    The ones that don't have pins are the newer CECs.
    I do not know if any CECs will ever buy a new one again.
    I'll let know know if I get intel haha.


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    ive read where cec policy is to destory the machines and throw them away to get them off the books


    2 years, 2 months ago
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    Rascal_H said:

    I wouldn't know... I heard the Chuck E. Cheese's around here will not allow you in unless you are with a child. I guess to keep out the Chesters.
    I might feel a little strange hanging out there anyway.

    and that why i have my son with me!


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    The location in Hickory Hollow has a POTC. Pretty cool game, going to put some good play on it.


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    way2wyrd said:

    ive read where cec policy is to destory the machines and throw them away to get them off the books

    If this is true, I'll be waiting behind the local CEC, watching the dumpster..... I wonder has anyone done this?


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    My buddy is a regional manager for CEC and he said that they will pull and place them elsewhere if its not being played. Its all about the amount of money generated per square foot of space. And no they dont throw away machines.


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    The brand new one in Monroe, Louisiana opened in 2011 with no pins. And none since.


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    No pins here, they went the same route as the Putt Putt Courses, redemption games for more money.....


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    Saw a TSPP at a CeC in such bad shape, I thought about shooting it to put the thing out of its misery. It seriously looked like it just came out of the elementary school boys bathroom. Disgusting.


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    The grand champion high score was something like 2.5 billion belonging to "Chuck E." How do the staff get a legitimate score? Just press random things with the glass off, or is it entered through the operator menu? There was a guy playing for about 25 minutes before me. He got a ticket (yes, this game actually dispensed tickets) and during that time bumped up the ticket score from 10 million to 50 million. Hm! No ticket for me.


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    It seems like most Chuck E Cheese location have 1 pinball machine. And these are Stern's manuf from 2002 thru 2008 era (RCT, TSPP, POTC, & Shrek). I've seen a POTC at one CEC and a Shrek at another. It would be interesting to read if any pinsiders have seen any newer stern machines at any CEC's. My guess is that CEC mgmt will have at most 1 pinball machine at each location -or- none going fwd.


    2 years, 1 month ago
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    billy1343 said:

    Saw a TSPP at a CeC in such bad shape, I thought about shooting it to put the thing out of its misery. It seriously looked like it just came out of the elementary school boys bathroom. Disgusting.

    It's a shame CEC won't give a great game like TSPP the TLC it deserves. Did you try to buy it off of them?



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