I got my start playing pinball in the mid-1980s. High Speed and Pinbot were my introduction to mainstream pinball, which were found at the pizza places and bars. My Dad actually had an EM in our basement for a few years that he was holding for someone else, but don't exactly remember the name. It was a casino/card theme. Want to say it was a Bally Black Jack, but not 100 percent sure. I know the backglass had a green felt table in the foreground of the artwork, but I digress. Taxi was my first favorite pinball game as a child, it was a machine that brought me joy even if I did not fully understand it at the time. It seems that Williams dominated the pinball scene in the 1980s. Every place that had pinball was predominately Williams machines, whether it was Cyclone, Jokerz!, Comet, High Speed, Pinbot, Taxi, a random Millionaire machine, or some combination of those.
Once I got older, my attention switched over to video games with advances in technology - the Madden and NHL series occupied my time during my teen years. Once I left the house for college, my freshman year, the student center had a Whirlwind pinball machine. I had played Whirlwind a couple times before, but I found myself putting quarter after quarter into the machine and the rush of playing pinball returned. I thought Whirlwind was the bomb. I love thunderstorms, I loved the fan blowing air on you, the triple spinners in the playfield were cool. This game was the total package and it renewed my interest. I ended up transferring schools after my freshman year, so I had to say goodbye to Whirlwind. After college, I didn't play much pinball. Machines were scarce on location in the early 2000's after the downturn in the industry, and Williams no longer making pinball machines. Video games lost steam for me at this point in time as I didn't find games as innoviative as they were in the late 1980's, early 1990s. Everything was another first-person shooter clone, or the same sports game, only with updated rosters. I figured pinball was over at that point and sort of lost interest in it altogether until The Pinball Arcade was released for mobile devices and got me hooked again on the tables I grew up playing. The worldwide Covid pandemic spurred the idea of actually owning a pinball machine in search of additional entertainment options, which brought me here to Pinside to start my adventure!