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!