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Horrorhouse Fest in Chicago!

It's nearing that special time of horror, when Halloween magic starts to take shape within the brain. And alas, it's also time for HORRORHOUSE FEST, an event us evil maniacs at Bloodshed Deathbath conceived 7 years ago that combines a haunted house with a pinball tournament! With the help of our generous sponsors and volunteers we have truly created some of the wildest rides imagineable, taking each iteration to a whole new level, with each game getting a full set design and actors to   > Read the full story...




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Late to the party, but glad I made it! (background of a millennial)

“Late to the party, but glad I ma...”

August 5th, 2019

Hey Pinside! I grew up on Nintendo, back in the early 90's, and kept gaming a large part of my identity ever since.  My first exposure to pinball was an MS DOS game with blocky 2-D tables and a ball that   > more...

“Pay it Forward”

““Pay it Forward””

August 1st, 2019

So, I’ve been in the hobby for almost three years and I’ve dove head first. Like many of us. I’ve built up a nice collection through buying/trading/selling etc.  Well, my best friend loves pinball as much as I do, but he   > more...

My grail....Haunted House

“My grail....Haunted House”

July 26th, 2019

I distinctly remember playing Haunted House as a child. I remember the 3 levels and the sounds. I was a monster kid so the theme was perfect. When I got into pinball I knew I had to have this game.   > more...


My pinball collecting story

“My pinball collecting story”

July 11th, 2019

Below is my story of how and what started my collecting of pinball machines. Firstly, I’ll apologise if this is boring to you, I’ll try to make it as interesting as possible. I believe everyone has a unique tale of how they   > more...

Yet Another Hobby...

“Yet Another Hobby...”

July 6th, 2019

I’m of the age that arcades we’re a pinnacle part of growing up. Going to the mall was a special treat on the weekends and I saved up my allowance to buy records and then tapes and then CD’s. The rest of   > more...

Be Back by Dinner

“Be Back by Dinner”

June 16th, 2019

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 1977 was the epicenter for middle class vacations. Motels advertising in-ground swimming pools ran up and down the strip, and the little squares of blue provided some visual relief from the parking lots, go-cart tracks,   > more...




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Pinball events

Canadian National Exhibition Pinball Championships

Toronto, ON (CA) August 16—18, 2019

Feelin' Hot Hot Hot in Flowood

Flowood, MS (US) August 17, 2019

Pinball Pete's Sunday MatchPlay 12

Ann Arbor, MI (US) August 18, 2019

$2 TUESDAYS AT PINBALL PETE'S ANN ARBOR AUG 20

Ann Arbor, MI (US) August 20, 2019

The Scales of Pinball 3 w/ side tourney

Lake Charles, LA (US) August 23, 2019

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Pinball Launch Party!!

Monroe, MI (US) August 24, 2019

END OF SUMMER SAVINGS AT CAPTAIN'S AUGUST 24 ARCADE GAME AUCTION

Anaheim, CA (US) August 24, 2019

Saturday Night Nudgefest

Springfield, OR (US) August 24, 2019

Willies Pinball Extravaganza

Warkworth, Au (NZ) August 24, 2019

Pinball day in Gaume (Be)

Étalle, Wa (BE) August 25, 2019

Pinball news Headlines

OKTOBERFEST: PINBALL ON TAP

Having revealed the production version of their Houdini game in March 2018, American Pinball wasted little time before unveiling the company’s second title in October of the same year. Game Designer, Joe Balcer, had announced the title of game two at the Vancouver Flip-Out Pinball Expo earlier in the year during his seminar. Pinball News …   Read on...

PINBALL ACRONYMS

Acronyms. Abbreviations. Call them what you will, they’re still a PITA*. They’re fine if you know what they mean – and let’s face it, nobody wants to keep typing out Creature From The Black Lagoon over and over – but for those times when you don’t know, here is the definitive guide for all the games …   Read on...

FANTASTIC FIVE DAYS

The idea began in January 2019 when UK Tournaments head, Martin Ayub, was looking for ways to improve the annual UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic tournaments. These had previously been held as part of a larger national UK show, but restrictions on space, time, machines and building access had made organising two major …   Read on...

JULY 2019 PODCAST

Did you know that Pinball News teams up with Pinball Magazine every month to produce a podcast looking back at the last month’s pinball industry news? Yes, it’s true. And it’s free. Pinball News Editor, Martin Ayub, and Pinball Magazine Editor, Jonathan Joosten, give a uniquely European perspective on the announcements, reveals, launches and happenings …   Read on...

JURASSIC PARK OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Following our reveal of Stern Pinball’s latest title, Jurassic Park, earlier this week, today the company made their official announcement about the game, giving more details of the features across all the versions and some high-resolution photographs. The playfield overview pictures aren’t much better than the ones we brought you earlier, but here they are …   Read on...


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Flame Rekindled

Grew up with a Williams Alpine Club where 2500 was a free game, had to get used to Eight Ball   >


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My collection

Currently (8/15/19) a small collection of Lightning pin, Ringer EM, Black Tiger & APB arcades and one very elaborate Hyperspin/Mame   >


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My first Pinball Machine Gusher

I bought my first pinball at age 15 and was lucky to program one of the first video games in   >


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BIO

My name is Michael and I’m new to owning a pinball machine. I’ve loved pinball ever since I was a   >


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I'm new to pinball!

I haven't played since I was a kid until recently! I would love to find some new friends to play   >


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I played pinball as a kid... like a lot of us.

I played pinball as a kid... I have so many good memories of hours upon hours of pinball play at   >


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Such a clever invention

In the past I owned a bunch of pinball games and a bunch of electro-mechanical arcade games. Now I don't   >


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Background Story

There's not a lot to tell - I grew up playing pinball quite a bit, but I haven't played in   >


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My Story

At a young age I was always so fascinated with Pinball machines at the mini golf establishments.  I started my   >


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What Me Worry?

Bought Starship Troopers and Indiana Jones 15 years ago and ready to buy another pinball soon


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Oh, why can't both places co-exist!??!

In Jackson, Michigan- A former strip bar is now a Pinball themed/oriented bar.  There goes the neighborhood!  @@ https://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/2019/06/former-strip-club-ready-to-reopen-as-arcade-bar.html


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New to Pinside, getting back to pinball

I'm one of those new "older members"  (>50 years old) that used to play "back in the day.  My spots   >




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