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A Rite of Passage Comes Full Circle

  I grew up in Queens, NY during the late 70's, early 80's in what was the height of the arcade craze. I was fortunate to have a 3,000 sq.ft. arcade called "Super Amusements" within a 15 minute bike ride from home. It was the most amazing place to a young kid. My friends and I would meet at whoevers house was closest to Super "A" as we came to call it and made the pilgrimage to what was the "Mecca" of all Saturday destinations. 

  The amount of quarters, allowances, birthday money, etc..  that poured into these machines was unfathomable. Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Robotron 2084, Defender Stargate, Frogger, Dig Dug, Zoo Keeper, Elevator Action, Tempest, etc... were there in all   > Read the full story...

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My Pinball Dad

“My Pinball Dad”

January 3rd, 2020

From 1949 - 1952-ish, my dad worked at a place in the Philadephia neighborhood Logan that sold pinballs, jukeboxes and the records that went with the jukeboxes.  After the army, he went back to work there, but in their record   > more...

Thanks Mom

“Thanks Mom”

December 26th, 2019

My mom bought a NIB stern Pirates of the Caribbean in early 2008 for her game room. She lived  4 hours away and when I would go visit her we would stay up all night battling each other till one of   > more...

How I started in the world of pinball collecting

“How I started in the world of pi...”

December 18th, 2019

My father had an antique shop in San Telmo neighboardhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since I was born (1971!). He was somewhat special in that field by then as he mostly has mechanical antiques. Toys, cameras, film projectors, phonographs, jukeboxes. All   > more...

Pastime Pinball Opens in Manchester, VT!

“Pastime Pinball Opens in Manches...”

December 14th, 2019

Pastime Pinball, a museum arcade featuring more than 60 top-rated pins from the 1950s to present day, opened November 29th in Manchester Center, Vermont. The curated collection, which includes tables from every major American manufacturer, is presented in chronological order   > more...

December 2, 2019

“December 2, 2019”

December 2nd, 2019

I am back sorry for the year break from Pinball but only here I have been very busy at home and work but still alway made time for Pinball. So here is the update of where I am at with   > more...

How it all began....

“How it all began....”

November 30th, 2019

     My love affair with pinball began around 1982. I was thirteen years old and lived in Hawaii because my father was in the Navy and stationed at Pearl Harbor. We had recently moved from San Diego and our new   > more...

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Pinball events


Westerly, RI (US) January 18, 2020

2019-2020 IFPA LA State Pinball Championship

Lake Charles, LA (US) January 18, 2020

2019 IFPA MS State Pinball Championship and Side Tournament

Flowood, MS (US) January 18, 2020

Scales of Pinball V w/ side tourney

Lake Charles, LA (US) January 19, 2020

Pinkanmaa league 2019-2020 Qualification Tournament #4/6

Tampere (FI) January 20, 2020

The Lake Charles 2020 Winter League

Lake Charles, LA (US) January 21—March 24, 2020

Crap League at RIP - Rhode Island Pinball

West Greenwich, RI (US) January 22, 2020

Flip Frenzy at Marks!

Upper Hutt, We (NZ) January 24, 2020

2019 IFPA NZ Pinball Championship

Wellington, We (NZ) January 26, 2020

Steves Fair Strikes

Wellington, We (NZ) January 26, 2020

Pinball news Headlines


Hello and welcome to our annual look back at the past twelve months in the world of pinball and your chance to vote for the Game of the Year for 2019. It’s an indicator of the popularity of pinball and the lower barriers facing new manufacturers that this year we will be examining the varying …   Read on...


We’re back in London’s Docklands to check out the annual Entertainment, Attractions & Gaming (EAG) International Expo coin-op trade show. The venue hasn’t changed for many years, although the exact halls within the ExCeL London exhibition complex where the show is held has varied a little. For 2020 we are in halls N1-N6. In all …   Read on...


Back in November of 2018 we visited the Blue Sun Soda & Sweet Shop (BSSSS), and, as we wrote then, “…we will be back to Blue Sun to play their eclectic collection of older and newer pinball machines in the near future. And, of course, to enjoy more of the world?s most flavorful soda ? …   Read on...


On the inside of an otherwise industrial appearing building is the home of What?s Brewing? Coffee Roasters, coffee lounge and one of the meeting locations for Belles and Chimes; a Pinball Club for Women based in San Antonio, Texas. What?s Brewing? is a coffee roasting company in operation for over 40 years. They have their …   Read on...


The 2019 pinball show season has kept us from our visits to interesting places to play pinball. With winter here and the holiday season all but over, we are ready to start exploring again and sharing our experiences with you. This month we review two great locations in the metro Atlanta area that we feel …   Read on...

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This is Bart, owner of Bally and Gottlieb machines

Hi all, My name is Bart, 47 years and based in Holland. I just purchased my 5th pinball machine in time.   >

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In the Beginning...

I'm always interested in hearing how others got into pinball because inevitably we've ended up in the same place (having   >

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Boy Blue

 Started playing pinball at the "Boy Blue" ice cream shop with my teenage friends in Thiensville, Wisconsin, early 70's, 2 games   >

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Growing up in the 70's in Australia, there wasn't much choice of fast food, Fish & chips or Chinese but   >

My Pinball journey

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My journey starts in 1973 when I was seven on holidays in Europe with my family. In a hotel on   >

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Zamenhof Gothenburg

Visited Gothenburg in November this year. Visited a place/ bar called Zamenhof. The place had a really nice lineup of   >

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About Me

I'm a clinical social worker who cherishes friendship, traveling music, monster movies, and pinball. I married my best friend, Alice,   >

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Pinbot was my babysitter...

My mother decided to go back to the local college to finish her degree when I was in elementary school.   >

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Tim Stiles & Passion Party Music - Hip Hop - Seattle, WA

On top of being a pinball enthusiast for as long as I can remember, I'm also an established hip-hop artist in   >

IAAPA 2019 Orlando Convention Center

IAAPA 2019 Orlando Convention Center

November 20 & 21,  I was able to attend the IAAPA 2019 Convention in Orlando Florida. There were many of   >

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How it all started

When I was seven or eight, my mom took me to visit her friend.  Naturally, I was bored.  One of   >

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