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Why pinball matters

Pinball draws you in like no other classic game. The chaotic randomness of the ball interacting with bumpers, poorly timed flipper shots, miscalculated angles, all while battling actual physics (gravity is merciless) ensures that every game is unique. Compare that with Donkey Kong or Ms. Pac Man (both great games don't get me wrong) which are relatively identical every time you play.

Most pins have multiple different ways to play the game (or you can ignore the rules completely and just have fun shooting ramps and keeping your ball alive as long as you can), sharing more in common with Grand Theft Auto than Super Mario Brothers.

Pinball machines are also complicated   > Read the full story...

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July 12th, 2021

The Start Back in 2019, a friend of mine got me back into pinball, I have always owned a Gottlieb Flipper (1960), where I am actually   > more...

The one that started it all

“The one that started it all”

June 26th, 2021

My parents vacation house was a farm. Not all that exciting for a kid growing up with everything so far away. Mostly used for ski   > more...

Pinhead From Tacoma Washington

“Pinhead From Tacoma Washington”

June 23rd, 2021

I grew up in Tacoma Wa , born in the 80s (85) but the 90s are where most my memories were made. Lucky me I had   > more...

Lifetime Bad Pinball Player

“Lifetime Bad Pinball Player”

June 12th, 2021

I've always loved pinball. My first regular game was in a friend's basement when I was in 5th grade. It was a circus theme EM machine with   > more...

Losing my pinball ownership virginity

“Losing my pinball ownership virg...”

June 1st, 2021

My first time was gentle - MIBS.  A 1969 beauty, and very well cared for.  She has never been on the streets, only home use.    > more...

Our Introduction to Pinball

“Our Introduction to Pinball”

May 26th, 2021

Prior to the pandemic we had recently completed construction of a 2800 square foot building to be used as a shipping and distribution building for   > more...

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Pinball events

Oahu Pinball Tournament

Wahiawa, HI (US) July 24, 2021

The Big Lebowski Pinball Tournament

Watertown, WI (US) July 25, 2021


Allentown, PA (US) July 30—31, 2021

Stern Army Avengers Infinity Quest LE Launch Party and Extra Plu

Harvard, IL (US) August 5, 2021

Stern Army Avengers IQ LE Launch Party FWA Pinball WW

Fort Wayne, IN (US) August 7, 2021

Tournament at the August”s house!

West Bloomfield Township, MI (US) August 7, 2021

St. Louis Area Pinball Championship

South Roxana, IL (US) August 8, 2021

Asheville Knockout Tournament

Asheville, NC (US) August 8, 2021

Stern Army-Cool Music Stop 2nd Thursday August Tournament

Harvard, IL (US) August 12, 2021

Saratoga Silverball 2021

Saratoga Springs, NY (US) August 13—14, 2021

Pinball news Headlines


As we reported earlier, the future of the Museum of Pinball in Banning, California was in doubt following the aborted attempt to move to a new location in Palm Springs. Now, all attempts to secure additional funding to either find a new home or put the collection into storage have failed. As a result, the …   Read on...


After weeks of teasing, Spooky Pinball today unveiled their next title, John Carpenter’s Halloween. Halloween marks a number of changes in the way the Spooky Pinball titles are sold. For a start, there are three models of Halloween – Standard Edition, Blood Sucker Edition and Collector’s Edition priced at $6,995, $7,995 and $8,995 respectively. The …   Read on...


The future of the Museum of Pinball in Banning, California is in doubt as the management team face a race against time to find a new home for the collection of more than 2,200 pinball and video games. The Museum has been based on an 18-acre site in Banning, west of Palm Springs since it …   Read on...


Stern Pinball have announced that Tom Kopera has been appointed as their new Director of Mechanical Engineering. Tom is no stranger to coin-op, pinball or indeed Stern, having been brought into Midway Games to help design video games by a certain George Gomez, now Stern Pinball’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer. When George moved to …   Read on...


Pins Mechanical Co. Nashville is a very new entertainment destination located in the heart of Nashville?s 'The Gulch' historic district just south of downtown.   Read on...

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Grew up with a 1967 Gottlieb Super Score

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My father passed on his love of pinball to me. I grew up on Surf Champ and Jet Spin, which   >

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On May 28, 2021, I purchased a White Water Prototype Pinball Machine #7. This is my 5th White Water! This   >

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I'm here to learn everything about pinball and get help and find out as much info as I  can from others   >

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Pinball Addict

Wow, how great to find this site!  I first was fascinated by pinball when accompanying my parents to the local   >

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I just purchased my first pinball at 21 years of age. I always loved arcades and have always dreamed of   >

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