Pinball addict for life

Pinball addict for life

By Scarby

January 30, 2018


79 days ago

As a kid back in the 80's and 90's arcade days, you would always find me at the pinball machines.  My dad and I would go at least 2-3 times per week.  My dad showed me that there was more to a pinball game then whacking the ball around. You could win free games by hitting this and getting the jackpots. I could make a $2-3 in quarters last a couple of hours!  The Williams games like Cyclone, Taxi and Jokerz with the progressive jackpots would be my first games to play.  I loved the rush of hitting the jackpots and the crack of the knocker going off.  Still love it to this day. (wonder why progressive jackpots aren't intepreted in todays games?).  

Bought my first pinball in 1989, with my paper route money!  Saved up for months!  It was a Gottlieb Haunted House, and I paid $425 for it perfect condition!  Wow, those prices are in the past!  Games have come and gone over the years, some regrets to ones I sold, and others that I was glad to get rid of.  Self taught on how to fix and repair machines.  Getting zapped numerous times, blowing up boards and fuses, making home made parts and mods, Driving 1000's of miles to buy and pickup pinball games.  Going to Vegas, just to goto the PHOF, get yelled at by Tim for turning on a game that was off.... !  I have enjoyed every minute of it! 

Call it a hobby or obsession, pinball is what my dad taught me, and I have taught my son there is more to it than whacking the ball around!

  

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Comments

64 days ago
Great story. Thanks for sharing!
64 days ago
That's an awesome story! Thanks.
53 days ago
Nice story. I was just in Vegas last week and went to the pinball hall of fame 3 times. Saw the owner (Tim - the one you spoke of in your story) and met another pinball technician working there nicknamed "the librarian." That place is pinball heaven.
50 days ago
Nice story. It’s facinating how pinball lovers view pinball very differently than others do. Most of my friends and family just see a big, expensive toy and maybe play for a few minutes and constantly press both flipper buttons at the same time. I got into pinball late. I was in college when I started to notice pinball. It was TAF that pulled me in. It was brand new, and it was incredible. So different from the simple (by comparison) pins I’d ignored as a kid. I was a video game kid. I walked right past the rows of pins to get to the “real” action. Video games were imaginative, I thought. Not just a tilted table with a metal ball you smack around aimlessly. Eventually, I woke up and realized pinball is an art. It is the combined distillation of so many talented artists, engineers, designers, animators, electricians and more. It takes SO many hours of careful planning, design, construction, testing and cooperation to produce a great pin. And once it exists, they only build so many, and then that’s it. They wear down, they get damaged. They sit, ignored, for decades in basements and garages and storage units. Until one day one of us finds it, that rare game we’ve been looking for, and we buy it, we restore it, we update it, clean and polish it, then plug it in and experience the playable work of art that pinball really is.
35 days ago
Well said Pinkitten
30 days ago
Thanks for sharing. Great story.
25 days ago
Getting your kid to understand that there is more to whacking the ball around is truly an accomplishment that merits recognition. Well done!
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