No it's not pinball, but it is awesome...
There is perhaps no other game more coveted by arcade video game collectors than a 1984 Star Wars cockpit. Considered by most as a "holy grail" of collecting, they are incredibly hard to find at a price that a rationale, thinking person would actually be willing to fork out. While there were 2 versions of "Star Wars" from Atari: the upright (originally costing $2099) and the cockpit (originally $2999), the cockpit version is the version that truly commands the desire and pocketbooks of hardcore collectors.
As always, supply and demand dictates that market. Because the cockpit versions of this game are huge and weigh a ton, sadly most examples are rotting away somewhere in a garbage dump (many arcade operators trashed them when technology moved on to games like "Out Run" and "Mortal Kombat"). As such, there just aren't that many left! If any game is worthy of a heartfelt, passionate restoration, it's an Atari Star Wars cockpit.
My personal history:
There's been a Chuck E. Cheese in Peoria, IL for as long as I can remember. Growing up nearby, my Mom and I would frequently take trips there. Out of all the games that came and went, the one I remember most fondly was their Star Wars cockpit.
It was incredible! You had to climb inside the seat, where it was dark, quiet, and focused. Upon coin-up, the "Jedi-Knight-In-Training" would be surrounded by sound (it has 4 6x9s in it) and engulfed in an incredible HD experience provided by the vector graphics being displayed on a 25" monitor (most homes didn't even have TVs that big back then!). I loved it and played it every single time we visited.
Some 25 years later, I started collecting arcade equipment (pinballs, video games, etc...). From day one of being a collector, I've been on the lookout for a Star Wars cockpit. Every time I thought I had a line on one I could afford, it either got snatched up before I could pick the game up or the seller backed out. Sure, I've seen tons of examples of the upright version, but it just doesn't compare to the cockpit IMHO. For me, it had to be a cockpit.
Finding This Example:
On January 16th, 2016, I saw a "for sale" ad on one of the arcade forums I frequent (KLOV). The seller was dumping like 30 games, but down at the bottom of the list was a Star Wars cockpit. I messaged the seller immediately and got a response fairly quickly. He listed his price and what was wrong with the game. Again, I responded right away and then....nothing.
I emailed and emailed. Nothing. The seller also took the game off his forum post. I figured I had yet again missed it.
Then on the 23rd, I saw a new post from the seller about the game, but this time with his phone number. Within 5 minutes of the post going live, I called him and setup a time to buy the game. I even advanced him $100 so he would for sure hold the game until I could come get it (I'm in Indianapolis; the seller was in Cleveland). SCORE!!!
I knew it would need a LOT of love to be brought back to life. The game wasn't working and had been shuffled from place to place, until finding its place here. Still, when I arrived I felt giddy about what was before my eyes...
Let's load this bad boy up and get outta here!!
5 hours later, my buddy Erik and I arrived home. Since it was 12:30am, we unloaded it and called it a night.