Why buy a machine

By jaykman

September 20, 2020

This story got frontpaged on October 01, 2020

2 years ago

if I saw a machine at bar or bowling alley, theatre, etc I was dropping coins and never considered owning one until recently. We recently spent a year at Ronald McDonald house while our little one was at children's hospital. One night early in our stay I went checking things out and found they had a game room with a POC. Spending an hour in the evening after leaving our son for the night became a regular occurrence for escaping the gut wrenching stresses. When we finally came home I was missing the game when my wife said I should buy a game, well there's a new thought, but which one? did you see how pricey they are? I tried a number of great local machines but found I really enjoyed the POC the best and it carried a special meaning, after searching across the country finally started asking fellow pinheads and word of mouth put me in touch with a great collecto located one nearby willing to part with his and I play it everyday. 

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2 years ago

Congrats on your first pin! After 3 months I was already looking for my second. Such a great hobby and community to be a part of.

2 years ago

Congrats and glad you are loving it.You get the JJ Pirates? Be careful - it is an addicting hobby and tough to keep it at "just one" :)
Welcome to the hobby :)

2 years ago

Wishing you and your family good health and many many years of pinball enjoyment! The Stern POC is a sleeper: a very fun game that doesn't get much attention.

2 years ago

I was Scrolling Craigslist looking for a full size Mortal Kombat II . I Ran across Gottlieb Arena $750. I took a chance and never looked back. Now I have $30,000 in Pins and loving it. Never did get MKII....

2 years ago

Hope the little one is doing well my man. My little girl was in the NICU for only two months and the Ronald McDonald House was a god-send. However, we didn't have a pinball machine at ours, but oddly enough, a near by bar also had Stern's POC. I spent a good amount of time there (probably too much), and had a blast with that machine. I'm not sure if the machine was screwed up or not, but I would have games that lasted over an hour pretty regular by constantly hitting the Dead Man's Chest for non-stop HEART multiballs :D

2 years ago

My heart goes out to you and your family, I hope everything will turn out for the best with your son. I can't even imagine what a thing it must be to tell your boy goodnight and leave him there...so sorry you had to go through that.
Pinball is a great diversion, though, and the best hobby I have ever found, so welcome to the fold.
Our thoughts are with you.

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