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What the Heck Happened?

I think like most people on Pinside, I played a lot of games as a kid.  I grew up with Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Galaga, Black Knight and Eight Ball Deluxe.  When I was young, there was an arcade right next to my mom and dad’s shop. I spent a lot of their hard-earned money in that place.  Fast forward a couple decades, and my wife brought home a Missile Command and a Centipede that needed some love for my birthday.  That was the beginning of the beginning.  

I started tinkering around with them and learned how to work on the games.  I bought a defender, rebuilt it and made it look   > Read the full story...




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Lost Love from Paris

“Lost Love from Paris”

July 27th, 2020

I moved from Philadelphia suburbs to Paris, France as a  naive 12 year old, and for 4 years spent before school, lunch hours, and after school playing "flipper" (pinball) in Cafes for hours literally every day. I was pretty young   > more...

T2 Playfield

“T2 Playfield”

July 25th, 2020

Here are some photos of a few T2 playfield's I polished up for a friend. One had wear marks mainly on the lower area of the playfield and the other was out of a T2 that had been rescued from   > more...

My Pinball Adventure (so far)

“My Pinball Adventure (so far)”

July 16th, 2020

I have fond memories of being dropped off at the local campground's arcade with my brother and sister and a fistful of quarters.  This was pre-Pong, so the arcade was all pinballs, shooting and baseball games. While we were still kids,   > more...


Quartette Gottlieb EM (1952) Repair

“Quartette Gottlieb EM (1952) Repair”

June 30th, 2020

This is my first pinball and my first repair attempt.   I have relieved heavily on the Pinball Ninja’s posts for guidance and this document is in appreciation for his work.  I have performed many of the standard repairs, with a couple of twists, that   > more...

Pay It Forward Pt. 2

“Pay It Forward Pt. 2”

June 23rd, 2020

Last year a very good friend of mine and fellow pinsider, JimmyHonda, gave me one of the best birthday gifts I've ever received a Cleopatra pinball machine. (https://pinside.com/pinball/community/pinsiders/jimmyhonda/stories) Although I knew Cleo needed some work I was stoked about my   > more...

Don't mess with your friends Pinball machine...

“Don't mess with your friends Pin...”

June 18th, 2020

Years ago one of my best friends purchased a pinball machine and as would be expected he practiced and played that machine until he was the master. All of the locals (his friends) were no match to his supreme prowess. He   > more...




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Pinball events

Stern Army-Cool Music Stop Bar & Grill Monthly Tournament

Harvard, IL (US) August 13, 2020

Pinball At The Zoo

Kalamazoo, MI (US) October 1—3, 2020

White Rose Gameroom Show

York, PA (US) October 8—10, 2020

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Dixon, CA (US) October 9—11, 2020

Pincinnati: The Greater Cincinnati Pinball Show III

Cincinnati, OH (US) December 4—6, 2020

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Girard, OH (US) April 8—10, 2021

Golden State Pinball Festival

Lodi, CA (US) May 14—16, 2021

2021 Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show

Tacoma, WA (US) June 4—6, 2021

Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo

Boxborough, MA (US) June 24—27, 2021

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PART OF THE MACHINE ? ON TOUR

Two years ago, we reported on the opening of an exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Part of the Machine: Rock and Pinball ran at the home of rock and roll until Spring of last year after which it prepared to go on tour. Now the exhibition has been …   Read on...

PINSPOTTING ? SUMMER 2020

In this edition of PinSpotting we visit three unique gaming destinations in the heartland of America, all founded by a man who, since he was a youth, has been obsessed with coin-op games. Route 66 Arcade Museum114 S.W. Arch Street, Atlanta, IL 61723, USA(217) 648-5077 It has been celebrated in song, story, poem, and yes, …   Read on...

STEVE EPSTEIN DIES

Steve Epstein – owner/operator of the legendary Broadway Arcade in New York City and pioneer of competitive pinball and player ranking systems has died following a battle against cancer. Steve R. Epstein – 1948-2020A remembrance by M.G. Brown Steve ‘Zelmo’ Epstein, the owner of New York City?s famed Broadway Arcade passed away surrounded by family …   Read on...

HEAVY METAL REVEALED

Stern Pinball and Incendium today officially launched the Heavy Metal pinball machine they have co-produced. The title has been trailed before and was due to launch just as the Coronavirus lockdown hit and pinball production largely closed down. So, Heavy Metal‘s launch was delayed until today, although the game won’t actually ship until late-November or …   Read on...

PINBALL COMPANIES

We often get asked which companies are still active and making games, and which are no longer in business or still developing their first games. So, we have developed this list of companies from the past twenty years who are active in manufacturing, those who are in the design phase but haven’t actually manufactured any …   Read on...


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