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I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman.

I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my pinball machine. Huh? My story? Okay.

My first memory of pinball was visiting a tourist attraction in Orlando, Florida called The Mystery Fun House. I truly miss the place, which closed in 2001 and still have many fond memories. The bottom level was a video game arcade and the upper level was loaded with pinball (and a shooting gallery.) At the time, games like Tron and Dragon's Lair blew me away and I found out very quickly that I could get more out of a quarter playing an video game than pinball   > Read the full story...

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My pinball journey.

“My pinball journey.”

March 16th, 2021

Some of my earliest memories were playing EM pinball at nearby Duke’s drive-in snack bar with my parents in the 70s when I was barely   > more...

Bally's First National SuperShooters Pinball Tournament Playboy Club Chicago - 1978

“Bally's First National SuperShoo...”

March 14th, 2021

Hello everyone, My name is Chris Parra. Pinball is in my blood. Pinball has been in my life ever since I can remeber. I was lucky   > more...

A long time ago in a galaxy, wait, what?

“A long time ago in a galaxy, wai...”

March 13th, 2021

When I was younger pinball switched from EM machines to the early SS Classics, like Eight Ball Deluxe, Meteor, Firepower, Blackout and Flash Gordon. I tended   > more...

Late to the Pinball Hobby....making up for lost time!

“Late to the Pinball Hobby....mak...”

March 12th, 2021

My earliest pinball memory is playing my Uncle's 1970 Williams Jive Time at family events back in the mid-70's. I loved that game, but during my   > more...

Lazarus Ball

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March 11th, 2021

A year ago, school stopped. No one could have foreseen optional classes taught remotely, the cancellation of state testing, and a virtual graduation to close   > more...

It Started With a Camping Trip

“It Started With a Camping Trip”

February 23rd, 2021

It All Started With A Camping Trip My story, like many of you, all started back when I was a child. I was a 90s kid. Born in   > more...

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Stern Pinball has announced the hiring of Mark Penacho as their new Senior Systems Engineer. Mark has a long career in developing software for coin-op and home gaming system. He wrote the software for five Bally/Williams pinballs from five different game designers, starting with Earthshaker! and continuing with Elvira and the Party Monsters, Rollergames, Hurricane …   Read on...


The American Pinball hiring spree continues with today’s announcement that artist Jack E. Haeger has joined the parent company Aimtron Corporation/American Pinball as the new Art Director. Like other recent American Pinball joiners Dennis Nordman and Zofia Ryan, Jack has a long history in the coin-op business, but he will also be familiar to home …   Read on...


American Pinball’s recruiting drive continues with the appointment of Zofia Ryan as their new Senior Mechanical Engineer. Zofia Ryan has a long history of mechanical design for the amusement and gaming industries but is perhaps better known in pinball circles by her maiden name, Zofia Bil. She was the first female mechanical engineer at Williams …   Read on...


As one of the first in the UK to receive my copy of Keeping the Ball Alive – 30+ Years of Stern Pinball, Pinball News’s Editor, Martin, asked me if I would be interested in writing a review of the book. To fully appreciate this review first you need to understand the journey it has …   Read on...


Famed pinball designer Dennis Nordman has joined Palatine-based pinball company American Pinball as their new Senior Game Designer. Dennis has been working in pinball since he joined Bally in the early ’80s to develop new cabinet designs. He created the cabinet and tank moulds for the Rapid Fire ball shooter game before getting his first …   Read on...

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How I came to be a pinball fanatic

As a teen in the late seventies I was never really into pinball. I was more of a Fooseball player.   >

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Background Story

I came, I saw, I stayed, I played.

Like it was yesterday

Like it was yesterday

I think we all remember are first machine. I remember going to my grandmas every xmas as a kid to   >

New to Pinball but I am in the Rabbit Hole! We are now looking for South Park that's my game that I

New to Pinball but I am in the Rabbit Hole! We are now looking for South Park that's my game that I

My story begins with Facebook marketplace. My fiancé haven't had one in the pinball machine for the last 10 years   >

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How it started

In 4th grade (1980) I got to take college classes thru the summer in a distant town. There was one   >



I never realized how much fun pinball was until I readdress it in my adult years. I'm searching for South   >

Saved from a life of depravity.

Saved from a life of depravity.

Bought in February 2007 for £80.  Powerplay was living in a house in Preston, England.  It was totally dead and   >

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How it sucked me into the vortex.

My background story is probably a lot like many others here. I grew up in a rural area and was   >

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Black History Month: Black Lives Matter, Today and Everyday

I wanted to share something today-- and while it's not specifically pinball-related, it is relevant to gaming, community, racism, and   >

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Gotta Quarter need it to play some Pinball

Started playing pinball at age 10.  I would do chores, cash in bottles, cut grass, and shovel snow, and run   >

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About Me

Award-winning broadcast and corporate television video producer, editor, and photographer.  Work has been seen throughout the United States on ESPN   >

California Pinball Addict (recovering Moto addict)

California Pinball Addict (recovering Moto addict)

Hello Pinside!  Thank you for being such a great community full of awesome people.  My pinball story goes back decades.    >

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