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Diving into the Past, A Pinball Survival Story
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Diving into the Past, A Pinball Survival Story

As a pinball collector and historian, I always look for opportunities to save games from the "dreaded landfill destruction" that were prevalent back in the 1980s and 1990s, both EM and SS games.  People would be surprised today how many quality games were simply destroyed out lack of interest or care.

This is one of those adventures.

Back in 1997, I was living near Kansas City, Missouri in the mid-west of the United States after returning from being in Alaska.  Many operators were purging old inventory stock during this period.  At the time, pinball was on the slow decline even though games of the DMD era were still popular, early SS was not   > Read the full story...




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Child's Play

“Child's Play”

March 13th, 2017

My story is pretty simple, really.  When I was a kid my buddy's grandfather had a pinball machine in his basement and we'd play it whenever we visited.  I had only seen pinball machines in arcades and gamerooms at campgrounds and hotels   > more...

My pinball backstory

“My pinball backstory”

March 12th, 2017

I grew up on the "mean streets" of Chicagoland and loved to play pinball as a kid.  The first game that I can remember ever playing was a Gottlieb Subway at a vacation resort in Wisconsin and my single favorite game   > more...

You wouldnt believe

“You wouldnt believe”

March 11th, 2017

I remember the first time I entered an arcade it was at a campground. They had all the coolest stuff at the time NBA JAM NFL Blitz MK1 MK2 and MK3 but they never had any pinball. I didnt see my   > more...


Horror Business

“Horror Business”

March 10th, 2017

It has been fantastic throwing myself back into pinball in the past few years. As a young boy, I connected more to video games than pinball - part of that was probably being able to see the Atari 2600 and   > more...

Great experience talking to Tim & Beth @ Pinball Hall of Fame

“Great experience talking to Tim ...”

March 7th, 2017

I just wanted to post my experience visiting the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Usually when I'm in Vegas, I make a stop to the Pinball Hall of Fame. Why? It's one of the largest collections on   > more...

Pins in the Bathroom

“Pins in the Bathroom”

March 7th, 2017

I was born in 1990 - a time when the glory days of the traditional arcade were beginning to dwindle into obscurity. That is to say I was born too late for the silver ball to capture my attention until much   > more...




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IFPA TOURNAMENT - Saturday Group Knockout @ Arcade Expo

Banning, CA (US) March 18, 2017

Split Flipper Saturday Night @ Arcade Expo

Banning, CA (US) March 18, 2017

Texas Pinball Festival

Frisco, TX (US) March 24—26, 2017

Arcade auction

Winston-Salem, NC (US) March 25, 2017

Arcade Legacy Monthly

Cincinnati, OH (US) March 26, 2017

Ohio Pinball Show

Cuyahoga Falls, OH (US) March 30—April 2, 2017

Stacked Pinball

Vancouver, BC (CA) March 31—November 24, 2017

Monte Pinball Tournament

Billings, MT (US) March 31, 2017

Starfighters Arcade April 1st Tournament

Mesa, AZ (US) April 1, 2017

PAPA 20

Carnegie, PA (US) April 5—10, 2017

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MAGIC GIRL - FIRST LOOK REVIEW

Seemingly against all odds, Magic Girl machines have been manufactured and delivered to a number of customers. We get our hands on one and, ahead of our full In-Depth Review, bring you this first look.   Read on...

DIALED IN! EUROPEAN LAUNCH

The European launch of Jersey Jack Pinball's Dialed In! game takes place at Freddy's Pinball Paradise in Germany. Bruce Ng was there to bring us details of this special night and reveal where the Dialed In! roadshow is heading next.   Read on...

PINBALL POPULARITY

Some machines are solid gold and retain their popularity despite the plethora of new pinballs being produced. Gene Goodman of M and P Amusement looks at the enduring appeal of the all-time classics.   Read on...

CAPTAIN NEMO DIVES AGAIN: IN-DEPTH REVIEW

It's time for another In-Depth Review and this time we dive deep into Quetzal Pinball's Captain Nemo Dives Again. There will only be thirty of these made, so here's your chance to find out all about this exclusive game.   Read on...

KINGS AND QUEENS: PINBALL AND ART EXHIBITION

Pinball, the Imagists artists collective, and their respective roots in Chicago form the subject of a new exhibition at the city's Elmhurst Art Museum. M.G. Brown is at the opening night launch party to bring us a first look at the exhibits.   Read on...


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I caught this bug hard and fast.

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Pinsider's Choice Awards

Pinsider's Choice Awards

The pinball industry has been experiencing a “renaissance period” from an influx of new games, new companies, innovations, new talent,   >