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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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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...

DMacy’s Playfield Swaps

“DMacy’s Playfield Swaps”

June 10th, 2021

Most of my swaps and shops are documented here on Pinside. Here is the list where I'm keeping most of them.  STTNG: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/sttng-a-refresh-for-future-generations Bad Cats: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bad-cats-playfield-swap-ii-youre-one-bad-cat AFM: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/attilla-from-mars-another-afm-playfield-swap AFM Kruzman: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/afm-mirco-playfield-gone-over-by-kruzman-swap BK2000: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bk2000-refresh-redeux Whirlwind: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/another-whirlwind-playfield-swap-refresh-cpr-gold-second-run EATPM: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/elvira-and-the-party-monsters-playfield-swap-refresh Whirlwind: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/playfield-swap-from-wind-chapped-to-whirlwind-reset-in-time#post-4540566 CV: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/cirqus-voltaire-refresh-cabinet-and-playfield-swaps CFTBL: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/cftbl-pulling-play-field-and-sending-out-to-be-touched-up-and-cleared#post-3522122 Avatar: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/from-avaturd-to-avatar-machine-refreshextensive-shop Fire!: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/fire-refreshteration-pf-swap-and-a-general-spruce-up Bad Cats: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bad-cats-cpr-gold-playfield-swap-meow FH: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/another-funhouse-playfield-swap-3 HS: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/high-speed-cpr-playfield-swap GL: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/grand-lizard-hardtop-playfield-rebuild#post-6035497 Banzai Run: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/banzai-run-playfield-set-swap Joker   > 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...

Why Pinball?

“Why Pinball?”

May 20th, 2021

Why Pinball. Why am I so mezmerized by pinball machines? It started at a very young age in St. Louis where my uncle owned an   > more...

My lifetime of pinball.

“My lifetime of pinball.”

May 15th, 2021

My lifetime pinball started back in 1988 when I was around 5 years old. I visited my grandpa and he had just purchased a fairly new, 1980 Bally's Rolling   > more...

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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...


Stern Pinball today revealed details of their latest release, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, based on the popular TV series of the same name. Stern Pinball’s relationship with Lucasfilm and Disney has resulted in several previous Star Wars machines based on both the original movie trilogy and the comic art spin-off. The new release is based …   Read on...


Let me clear up one thing right away- Suttrees and Harrogate?s are one in the same but, at the same time, they are not. For all intents and purposes, Harrogate?s is the barcade and Suttree?s is the brewpub. Confused yet? Stick with me pilgrim. According to their website, “Harrogate?s is basically the misfit sister bar …   Read on...


Back in 2011, there was consternation amongst those who fix pinball machines at the loss of a valuable source of repair information. The PinRepair.com website (a.k.a. Clay’s Guides or Marvin3M) was the go-to place for repair and restoration guides, but large sections of it covering the most popular systems were removed from public access in …   Read on...

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