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The saga of the Bingo Pin
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The saga of the Bingo Pin

At the pinball show I had the chance to play some Electro-Mechanical (EM) pinball games. The relatively simplistic gameplay didn't appeal to me as much as the flashy electronic systems. So when a notice popped up on my computer for an "old pinball game for sale - non-working" I didn't hold out too much hope. But I like a challenge and I had a spare spot in the room, so I went down to the pawn shop to take a look.

It was indeed an old one, wooden-legs and all. The playfield looked different than any pinball I had ever seen, just a bunch of holes rather than bumpers and scoring   > Read the full story...




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How i was turned into a pinball player

“How i was turned into a pinball ...”

July 18th, 2017

My first pinball experience was - well, with a software pinball simulation named "David's Midnight Magic" in the year 1985. My father showed it to me on our home game computer "C64" and he teached me how to play that   > more...

Bought My Abra Ca Dabra In 1982

“Bought My Abra Ca Dabra In 1982”

July 13th, 2017

Gottlieb released AbraCaDabra while I was in high school and it quickly became my favorite machine. When the Surf Side Arcade in Rehobeth Beach, DE put the game for sale, I used the money I had gotten for a college   > more...

Eric Meunier JJP Interview

“Eric Meunier JJP Interview”

July 4th, 2017

During the 2017 Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown I caught up with the youngest/newest Jersey Jack Game Designer, Eric Meunier. We spoke about his upcoming design as well as the state of the industry. It's always interesting to hear directly from the   > more...


Stern Kiss Pinball Owners I Need Your Help.

“Stern Kiss Pinball Owners I Need...”

June 27th, 2017

I am working on a article for a Classic Rock website about Stern's Kiss pinball machine. I thought it would be a good idea to hear first hand testimonials from actual owners. It would be a few basic questions about   > more...

How it all started...

“How it all started...”

June 25th, 2017

Welcome to my page! My name is Rob and as you can see in my name: I’m from the Netherlands. Born in 1995 so I’m a pretty young collector/pinhead. In this story I’ll tell you about how the ball got   > more...

How pinball got me on tv!

“How pinball got me on tv!”

June 20th, 2017

About a year ago my parents bought a new house, we were moving to a bigger house because of our pinball machines. The people from the bank we're at thought it was so interesting that they wanted us to be   > more...




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Pinball events

VINTAGE ARCADE GAME AND PINBALL MACHINE AUCTION & DRAWING

Anaheim, CA (US) July 22, 2017

Metallica pinball challenge in Glendale Az

Glendale, AZ (US) July 23, 2017

Auckland Monthly Meet

Auckland, Au (NZ) July 29, 2017

Star Wars Launch Party in Jesse James Comics Az

Glendale, AZ (US) July 29, 2017

California Extreme 2017

Santa Clara, CA (US) July 29—30, 2017

Saratoga Pinball Show

Saratoga Springs, NY (US) August 12, 2017

Official Stern Army - Star Wars Pro Launch Party!

Springfield, MO (US) August 12, 2017

Pre BPSO Three Strikes Tournament

Buffalo, NY (US) August 17, 2017

Buffalo Pinball Summer Open '17

Buffalo, NY (US) August 18—20, 2017

Auckland August Meet

Auckland, Au (NZ) August 19, 2017

Pinball news Headlines

FLIP FLIP, DING DING

If nothing else, you've got to admire the name. But fortunately there a lot more to like about this Georgetown pinball arcade/bar, including a fine selection of both games and refreshments.   Read on...

SILVER BALL PLANET PINBALL ARCADE UPDATE

We've covered the Silver Ball Planet before thanks to our roving reporter John, but now Stefan Riedler from RS-Pinball has visited and updates the game selection while providing detailed instructions on how to get there.   Read on...

MAIN STREET AMUSEMENTS

Another update to an earlier review sees M.G. Brown visiting Main Street Amusements in Lafayette, Indiana where he takes the opportunity to check out some local delicacies.   Read on...

NORTHWEST PINBALL AND ARCADE SHOW 2017

We're back in Tacoma in Washington for the tenth anniversary Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, from where we bring you our unrivalled coverage of the show's three days, including videos from the show floor and all the seminars.   Read on...

STAR WARS

The first pictures of Stern Pinball's new Star Wars game are revealed showing the three variants and the playfield layout, and we've got them right here.   Read on...


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Almost bought a Sharkey's Shootout

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