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Pinball Secrets

The ultimate plunge I thought to myself, finally going over the deep end on Pinside. I begin browsing the various topics posted on the main forums looking for some type of connection to other pinball enthusiast. My pinball hobby now gone from isolationist to all out into the open; I knew this day would eventually come. I commented on various topics that I felt compelled to comment on and eventually I came to a topic about Pinball Secrets. Not secrets like how to drop catch without bouncing the ball but just secrets around pinball in peoples lives. Some post were humerous some serious, some seriously humerous.  As I read more I wanted to post   > Read the full story...

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Here's to you, John!

“Here's to you, John!”

April 27th, 2018

It was early 1990 and I had just moved back "home" to St. Louis, Missouri from a year or so in Arizona. I was 22 years old, a bit adrift and wasn't even aware there was recession underway. After a bit I   > more...

Fighting Sticks To Flippers- A love affair.

“Fighting Sticks To Flippers- A l...”

April 14th, 2018

I was born in 1983.  I grew up in what was once a small suburb of a city in Washington State.  My first interaction with anything video gaming related was an Atari 2600 unit my dad had picked up. This was   > more...

so excited to have my families EM back in working order !

“so excited to have my families E...”

April 8th, 2018

My dad and his brothers owned a bar on the northside of chicago in the early 70's.  All my uncles adored my mom, and my mom adored pinball. We moved to wisconsin when i was just a baby, but it   > more...

Texas Pinball Recap!

“Texas Pinball Recap!”

March 31st, 2018

The Night Mutilator took the big trip down to TPF for the first time ever with The Video Game Lady and we had an amazing time. Met some serious legends, such as Spooky Pinball madmen Charlie Emery, Bug & Scott   > more...

It all started with Grandpa, a Bar, and a Big Ball Bowler

“It all started with Grandpa, a B...”

March 28th, 2018

I grew up in a rural area -- far away from pinball machines, video games, and arcades.  My earliest memory of coin op gaming was with my Grandfather. . . I was single digits in age but that did not   > more...

Pinball Rediscovered

“Pinball Rediscovered”

March 16th, 2018

Growing up as a kid my brothers and I would ride our bikes to school at Del Rosa Elementary in San Bernardino CA.  Daily we would make a slight detour to the convenience store to buy some candy and play   > more...

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Pinball events

SDTM/Pin Stadium Iron Maiden LE Stream

Cincinnati, OH (US) May 22—23, 2018

Lost Kangaroo Pinball Tournament

Bradenton, FL (US) May 26, 2018

SLAP's Pinball Magic Tourney

Springville, UT (US) May 26, 2018

And a Pickled Egg; 2018 (Pintervention Circuit Event)

Vienna, VA (US) May 26, 2018

Firefly Toys and Games May Tournament

Columbia, SC (US) May 27, 2018

Fort Wayne Pinball Women's 3 Strikes Tournament

Fort Wayne, IN (US) June 1, 2018

WWW I Charity 3 Strike Knockout Tourney

Fort Wayne, IN (US) June 1, 2018

Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard's World War I

Fort Wayne, IN (US) June 2, 2018

Canada PinCon

Vankleek Hill, ON (CA) June 2—3, 2018

Kiito's Monthly June

Salt Lake City, UT (US) June 5, 2018

Pinball news Headlines


The Retrovolt arcade provides a return to the pre-redemption days of wholesome family amusements with its twenty-three pinballs and assorted classic video games, as John Brothers reports.   Read on...


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...


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...


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...


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...

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