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What do I do with this new Large, Empty basement.

What do I do with this new Large, Empty basement.

My first thought was to make it a normal Man-Cave.  Big bar, big TV, big couch and of course a full size Pool Table.  But wait, it's a new house and the wife has a wish list a mile long. I guess it will just have to wait.

About one year later, a friend and co-worker said he needed to free up some room in his basement.  He asked me if I would be interested in a players game, a Bally Eight Ball.  Eight Ball was a game I remembered playing when I was in High School.  I did have to ask   > Read the full story...

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Young arcade goer, but never pinball

“Young arcade goer, but never pin...”

February 17th, 2017

As a kid growing up in the glory days of the arcades in the 90s, I was always so enamored with the video arcade cabinets, I'm sure like many others.  I did all manner of video arcades.  I remember as   > more...

The Joys of Keeping a Well Used Stern Alive

“The Joys of Keeping a Well Used ...”

February 17th, 2017

I'm sure that many "Pinsiders" have stories on keeping their machines in good working order and the trials and tribulations resulting from that.  I have to say that I've had plenty of both (the T & T that is) with   > more...

Welcome to Top Tier Arcade!

“Welcome to Top Tier Arcade!”

February 14th, 2017

Greetings, My name is Steve and I have been collecting arcade machines since May of 2012 and soon to be pinball machines. I have been recording and documenting my collection over the years and have a Youtube channel, www.youtube.com/toptierarcade. *Please note, I AM NOT   > more...

Mid Life Crisis or Living the Dream?

“Mid Life Crisis or Living the Dr...”

February 13th, 2017

For as long as I can remember I've had the need to tinker with, break, fix, "improve" anything electrical or mechanical that I could get my hands on. Starting with my moms VCR at age 8 through stereo systems, transistor radios, build it   > more...

I Got My Start In Pinball

“I Got My Start In Pinball”

February 3rd, 2017

My dad bought me my first pinball machine in 1987.  It was Jet Spin from 1977.  He had bought it from a collector for $100 dollars.  He then got the bulbs replaced and switches cleaned for another $100 and I   > more...

Just a kid with a pocketful of dimes (and a few quarters)

“Just a kid with a pocketful of d...”

January 29th, 2017

My pinball story? My love of pinball comes from my first discovery of the arcade across the lake from my grandparent's house. I would always look forward to the summers with my parents and brothers up at my grandparent's house   > more...

The archive

Pinball Archive

The archive holds tons of information on all pinball machines since 1950. We've got thousands of photos, ratings, price info and much more!

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Meet pinball enthusiasts from around the world, read their stories, see their collections and find out which games they like best!

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The Forum

Discuss the silver ball game and all aspects of the hobby in our discussion forum.

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Pinball Top 100 List

A weekly generated list of the best games out there, as rated by players and collectors worldwide!

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The Pinball Market

This is where you can find pinball machines and parts or put yours up for sale !

Pinball events

Retrovolt Arcade : Open to the Public

Mentone, CA (US) February 24—25, 2017

Starfighters Arcade Monthly Tournamnent

Mesa, AZ (US) February 25, 2017

Pincade 2017

Auckland, Au (NZ) March 2—5, 2017

Louisville Arcade Expo

Louisville, KY (US) March 3—5, 2017

The Turdament!

Buffalo, NY (US) March 4, 2017

System 11 World Championships 2017

Pukekohe, Ak (NZ) March 5, 2017

Arcade Expo 2017

Banning, CA (US) March 17—19, 2017

IFPA TOURNAMENT - Saturday Group Knockout @ Arcade Expo

Banning, CA (US) March 18, 2017

Split Flipper Saturday Night @ Arcade Expo

Banning, CA (US) March 18, 2017

Texas Pinball Festival

Frisco, TX (US) March 24—26, 2017

Pinball news Headlines


The finals of the IFPA European Championship Series for 2016 are held at Pinball Universe in Bunde, Germany. We show you around their amazing facility and bring you all the action from the three tournaments.   Read on...


Pinball and beer go together like two brothers, and now the Two Brothers brewery has recognised this with a special pinball-themed beer, as Dan Marquardt reports.   Read on...


The first pinball from The Pinball Company is announced. Built by Spooky Pinball, the game features a simplified easy-to-understand playfield designed to appeal to the home gameroom buyer.   Read on...


An exciting mix of craft beers and a diverse food menu is supplemented by six quality pinballs in Mick Brown's first report from the US state of Hawaii   Read on...


There have been big changes at the Japan Game Museum and our Roving Reporter John has been there to find out the latest news.   Read on...

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BTTF Pinball, My First Pin

So I purchased the Back to the Future Pinball in February 2012 and ever since then I have been adding   >

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Restoring an Atari Middle Earth

If anyone is interested, I'm blogging my repair of a gift Atari Middle Earth table I got this year for   >

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Strange world pinball machine

Just bought! Looks in good shape, prior owner used for 20 years w no problems. I suspect I will need to   >

Confessions of an INDISC Scorekeeper

Confessions of an INDISC Scorekeeper

EDITORS NOTE (part one): One of my resolutions for the new year was to get writing again. To realize that goal,   >

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D&D and Pinball

D&D and Pinball. Best stuff on earth!   >

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Pinball Promise

I consider myself still new to the world of pinball. I know so much more than when I started three(ish)   >

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I caught this bug hard and fast.

I have always been an arcade guy and enjoyed pinball but was never that enthralled with it. The collecting started   >

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What did I promise you guys?

“What did I promise you guys?” the bartender asked shortly after we had settled into a pinball game at the   >

Pinsider's Choice Awards

Pinsider's Choice Awards

The pinball industry has been experiencing a “renaissance period” from an influx of new games, new companies, innovations, new talent,   >

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One day a fine young man

One day a fine young man darted hither through the thick wood. That day eventually blossomed into weeks, years, etc.   >

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New to the site, and to pinball machines. Liked them as a child...

It was expensive for me those years, but i find it cool to have a pin at the basement now.  Also cool   >

Free Play Florida 2016

Free Play Florida 2016

I had such a fantastic time at Free Play Florida 2016. Tons of new and old pins, and we even   >