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Pulled into pinball

I pulled around the back of Kenny's house in a borrowed pickup truck. Kenny's silver hair was greased and perfectly combed back. He'd had a stroke a few years ago, so one arm didn't work and the other was constantly tending a cigarette that hung out of his mouth. His speech was a little off, which made his thick southern accent even harder to understand. Several sheds, barns and outbuildings showed Kenny to be a packrat and a grease monkey. He walked me over and revealed what I was here for: A 1977 Bally Eight Ball pinball machine.

I had never been very interested in pinball. I liked playing it in bars in college when it was   » Read the full story...




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Best / Worst Uncle?

“Best / Worst Uncle?”

July 17th, 2016

I'm only 33, so I'm a little late to the pinball party, but my love for the game began when I was about 8 years old.  My uncle had purchased a Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man Pinball that needed some minor   » more...

My friends cost me so much money...

“My friends cost me so much money...”

July 8th, 2016

An origin story... I have good friends, well for the most part. They don't get me arrested or call me to bail them out of jail. That is a plus, I must admit. However these people get me into the most   » more...

A gaming journey 30 years in the making

“A gaming journey 30 years in the...”

July 3rd, 2016

My gaming story starts out in 1986. For my 5th birthday my parents bought me a Commodore 64 and from that point on games and technology were part of my life. My favorite cartridge was Popeye, I played it and   » more...


A World Under the Glass

“A World Under the Glass”

June 9th, 2016

My love of pinball started as a child in the mid-80's in the back of a small Indianapolis pizza place called Mother Bear's.  Tucked in a dark corner room was a small arcade to distract the kids that were waiting   » more...

Hey A.J., would you want to buy one of my antique pinball machines?

“Hey A.J., would you want to buy ...”

June 4th, 2016

About 3 years ago, a colleague of mine told me he had to down-size and had 2 "antique pinball machines" that he needed to sell - so I thought, "Why not go look at them?" Before then, I had no   » more...

Pinball n00b

“Pinball n00b”

June 2nd, 2016

I've always loved pinball, but only recently has it become a hobby. I have fond childhood memories, when my dad would randomly take us kids to the arcade as a treat. Though I was attracted mostly to the latest arcade   » more...




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Pinball events

Pukekohe IFPA Classics Classic!

Pukekohe (New Zealand) July 24, 2016

ReplayFX

Pittsburgh, pa (United States) July 28—31, 2016

Lucky's Lounge Pinball Selfie League

Edmonton, AB (Canada) August 1, 2016

Buffalo Pinball Summer Open 2016

Buffalo, NY (United States) August 12—14, 2016

The Romp in the Swamp

Lake Charles, LA (United States) August 13, 2016

Jerry's Pizza Monthly Tournament August 2016

Wialua, HI (United States) August 13, 2016

Jerrys Pizza Touniment

Wailua , Hi (United States) August 13, 2016

Arcade Legacy Bar Charity Tournament

cincinnati, oh (United States) August 21, 2016

Arcade, Video and Gameroom Expo

Rosemont, IL (United States) August 26—27, 2016

Cleveland Pinball & Arcade Show

Independence , Oh (United States) September 8—10, 2016

Pinball news Headlines

THE PABST CAN CRUSHER

Stern Pinball have re-themed their Whoa Nellie game in collaboration with Pabst Brewing to create a new Can Crusher game. We've got the high-res pictures.   Read on...

PIN-A-GO-GO 2016

Huge numbers of visitors turn out to support the annual Pin-a-Go-Go show in California. Spencer Clingan reports how it keeps getting bigger and better every year.   Read on...

AUDIO COMPANY TACKLES PINBALL SOUND

A german audio company gets a Kiss pinball and immediately looks for ways to improve the sound quality.   Read on...

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PINBALL SHOWDOWN 2016

At the foot of the mountains in southern Denver, the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo opened on Friday and continues through until Sunday afternoon. Catch all our latest live updates.   Read on...

NORTHWEST PINBALL AND ARCADE SHOW

The Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show takes place at the Tacoma Convention Center south of Seattle, and we're there to report live on all the action across the three days.   Read on...


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My story

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HOW IT ALL BEGAN

It all started back i guess around 1968 or 69 my uncle had a coffee shop (bergers and fries) kinda   »


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Sabbatical in Canada - interested in visiting some pinball locations

Hello pinsiders! Me and my wife will be on a break from work and travel from Vancouver to Halifax. We   »


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Pinball @ Harold’s on the Hill

Harold’s on the Hill was a driving range and bar close to where I worked in the late 70’s.  Four   »


Pinball in Paris: recent 'flipper-based' travels in Paris

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In March of 2016, I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris, France.  The main point of the trip was   »


Wisconsin Dells pinball museum selling out

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Wis Dells pinball museum closed in august. We like to thank everyone who came last summer. Thanks!   »


The Progression of a Pinball Addict - A Historical Perspective

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The Progression of a Pinball Addict - A Historical Perspective (Originally posted rec.games.pinball, February 2 2003 by "The_Black_Knight" ) The bottom line   »


My Pinball Hobby Within The Hobby

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Before I get in to my "pinball story", let me first tell you about my "collecting history".  When I was   »


My First Pinball, OXO and My First Pinball Design, XOX

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By Alan Norton October 15, 2015 My First Pinball, OXO – Part 1 of 2 I played my first Williams OXO pinball machine   »


Thank you, Roger Sharpe…

Thank you, Roger Sharpe…

Today I am grateful to you, Roger Sharpe, because tomorrow I will play pinball at a public location with a   »


Pinball at the ends of the Earth...or in this case, Uruguay.

Pinball at the ends of the Earth...or in this case, Uruguay.

Hi All, I had been planning a trip to Uruguay for some time.  I have a thing for small countries nestled   »