The addiction...

The addiction...

By FrizzleFried

November 07, 2009

6 years ago

The addiction started just about 3 years ago with MAME... basically a PC running arcade ROMS.  I thought I had come up with an original idea to stick a PC in to an arcade cabinet to use th actual arcade monitor and controls.  Man was I surprised when I found out people had been doing  it for years!  It took me about a month to build and during that time I came across a Williams Joust machine,  non-working,  for $50.00.  Less than $50.00 more (power supply) and I had a fully working Joust.  That was the beginning of the end.  I found that I enjoyed tinkering with these machines even more than playing them.  One thing led to another and I came across my first pinball machine... 1980's Stern Lightning.  I figured if I liked tinkering with arcade machines,  pinball machines have a WHOLE LOT MORE to tinker with.  I was right.  I had a good time shopping the game out but of course,  I wanted more.  Spy Hunter came up for sale locally and I was all over it.  I like the theme,  and the price was right.   Well,  that begun my pinball addiction.  Unfortunately,  pinball machines are a lot more expensive and take up considerably more space than an arcade game,  so they've been coming in much slower.  My latest "find" was Whirlwind... I am looking forward to shopping that bad boy out shortly.

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6 years ago
Welcome to Pinside
amazing what you find for sale now and then,
I'd like to find a couple of old Stern games like the Lightning you mentioned
and see how they compared to other brands from back then.
6 years ago
Wow you got a joust machine!!!! only 402 made and you got one, Nice. Take care of it and Keep it running for all of us.
4 years ago
nice, keep it up
3 years ago
I know someone who drove from Quebec City to Seattle , 5,500 Km and paid $3,500 USD for a Joust ...

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